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The Past and Future of U.S.-Russia Cooperation on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar Jonathan Hunt. Hunt discusses his upcoming book Atomic Condominium, which examines the surprising level of cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation between the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War. He also discusses the current approach to the nuclear question and its implications for broader US-Russia relations.


The Wilson Center Mourns the Passing of Ambassador William Green Miller

The Wilson Center and Kennan Institute family deeply mourn the passing of Ambassador William Green Miller (1931-2019). Bill was a truly exceptional person: a statesman of the very highest merit, a scholar and poet, and a humanitarian.

Atomic Condominium: The Soviet Union and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 1958-1970

For all the discord that has historically characterized U.S.-Soviet and later U.S.-Russia relations, limiting the further spread of nuclear weapons has been reliably common ground. Since the mid-Cold War, both powers have remained staunch champions of nuclear nonproliferation, even as relations between them have grown increasingly fraught elsewhere. How should we account for this joint campaign against new nuclear powers?

Book Talk: "From Pugwash to Putin: A Critical History of US-Soviet Scientific Cooperation"

Sixty years ago, the first organized bilateral scientific exchange programs between the United States and the Soviet Union began. These exchanges became symbolic of the overall changing bilateral relationship. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, scientific cooperation between the US and successor states has drastically changed and these programs have all but vanished.

Book Talk: "The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War"

Russia’s hybrid war on the West has disrupted politics in the United States and throughout Europe. Its effects are most visible in the "lands in between," the vulnerable countries that lie between Russia and the European Union and are subject to competing geopolitical influences.

Kennan Cable No. 43: Reading the RT Leaves: Foreign Policy Lessons from Russian International Media Coverage of Venezuela

While the crisis in Venezuela has not provoked foreign military intervention, it remains a significant part of Russia's war of words with the West. This narrative is evident on RT, Russia’s foreign broadcaster.[1] RT, the former Russia Today, is a key component of Russia’s foreign media apparatus and a critical foreign policy instrument. It can be difficult to predict Russia’s actions abroad, but analysis of RT’s English-language coverage of Venezuela provides important insights into its foreign policy.