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Remembering and Recreating Chernobyl

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Craig Mazin, the writer, creator, and executive producer of the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, discusses his approach to creating a dramatized account of the historic 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union. The critically-acclaimed miniseries tells the story of the men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from an unprecendented disaster while battling the USSR's culture of disinformation.

 

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Chernobyl: Memory, Meaning, and Legacy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Joseph Dresen, Senior Program Associate with the Kennan Institute. He recalls his travels to Kyiv and the Soviet Union during the week of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and previews the Kennan Institute’s upcoming screening of the first episode of the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.”  That June 26 event will feature a conversation with writer, creator, and executive producer Craig Mazin.
 

“An Explosion Occurred in Power Unit No. 4”: The Story of Chernobyl in Documents

Image: The first photograph of Unit Four after the accident, shot from a helicopter by Chernobyl plant photographer Anatoly Rasskazov, at approximately 3.00pm on April 26 1986 (Anatoly Rasskazov/Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum).

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

NPIHP Working Paper #13

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

Nate Jones

March 2019

 

Forgotten Parties to the INF

On February 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing the Russian Federation’s material breach of the Treaty as justification for the decision.

According to Article XV of the Treaty, the United States will suspend its obligations under the Treaty 60 days after providing notice, unless in this time, Russia agrees to come in compliance.

INF Suspended: Have the U.S. and Russia Entered a New Arms Race?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, who discusses President Trump's announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.  What are the implications for U.S.-Russia relations moving forward and how will this affect current and future international arms control efforts?

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From Peter the Great to Putin: The Evolution of Russian Law

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, who discusses his new book Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin. Pomeranz examines continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

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