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The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Programme: An Overview

Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident

CWIHP Working Paper No. 70, “Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident” offers a fresh look at an October 1946 naval incident off the coast of Albania where two British warships struck mines while navigating the Channel near Albanian territorial waters. Using declassified Albanian documents and recently released British documents “previously unknown to the Albanian public,” Lalaj examines this early episode of the Cold War and subsequent legal case at the International Court of Justice.

Scotland on the Eve of the Independence Referendum

On September 18th, Scottish voters will decide whether their country will be the first to secede from a Western-European state in recent history. After two years of campaigning it would seem that politicians, academics, and journalists would have a good understanding of the public sentiment. Using very recent data from the only large-scale, representative, and comprehensive attitudes surveys in Scotland, however, this talk will highlight where the general “wisdom” about Scots’ attitudes towards the referendum may be empirically wrong.

The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War

In the late 1970s, new generations of nuclear missile delivery systems were proposed for deployment across Eastern and Western Europe. The ensuing controversy over their deployment grew into a key phase in the later years of the Cold War. The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War explores the origins, unfolding, and consequences of that crisis.

The End of the Union? London, Edinburgh, and the Battle for Scottish Independence

On 18 September, Scotland will hold a referendum on its 300 year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. It is an historic event with the campaign battle already well under way. The Center’s Global Europe Program will convene several leading experts to discuss the referendum campaign and the wider implications of a ‘Yes’ vote for Edinburgh, London and Europe.

Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power.