The US intelligence community predicted India’s nuclear bomb in 1964 but mistakenly concluded Israel had “not yet decided” to go nuclear, according to newly declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.
The first in a series of Occasional Papers published through the ECNU-WWICS Cold War Studies Initiative, "Recent Trends" surveys the most up-to-date scholarship on the Cold War being produced by Chinese scholars and argues that the study of Cold War history in China has continued to evolve and improve over the last decade and particularly over the last five years.
NKIDP e-Dossier no. 12, "The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Origins of North Korea’s Policy of Self-Reliance in National Defense," is introduced by James F. Person and features 6 translated documents which demonstrate how the Cuban Missile Crisis transformed North Korea’s relations with Moscow and Beijing and nudged the country down a path of unsustainable military buildup that, in part, resulted in a nuclear weapons program and was responsible for the country’s economic difficulties in later decades.
Now available for download, “The Global Cuban Missile Crisis at 50.” CWIHP marks the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis by releasing CWIHP Bulletin 17/18, with over 500 newly declassified and translated documents from international sources.
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.
Constitutional revision is a perennial topic in Japanese political discussion, with Article 9—which renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes—subject to particularly vigorous debate. This new Asia Program publication asks whether it’s not “A Time for Change” for Japan’s “Peace Constitution.”
NKIDP e-Dossier no. 10, "DPRK Perspectives on Korean Reunification after the July 4th Joint Communiqué," is introduced by Jong-dae Shin and features 25 translated Romanian documents which chart North Korea's changing approach to inter-Korean relations and Korean reunification following the historic July 4, 1972, Joint Communiqué between North Korea and South Korea.
NKIDP e-Dossier No. 9, "Zhou Enlai and China's Response to the Korean War," is introduced by Charles Kraus and includes 34 translations of Chinese documents which open a new chapter in the diplomatic and military history of the Korean War.
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 36, introduced by Sophie Quinn-Judge, the newly released Soviet document records an unusual 1947 meeting in Switzerland with an emissary of the Viet Minh government.