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The Latest from the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project

Bursting the Plutonium Bubble: How Utopian Communities Made Dystopian Nuclear Landscapes

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May 18, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Historian Kate Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia – the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias – communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. more

The US Discovery of Israel's Secret Nuclear Project

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Apr 15, 2015
Israeli Cover Stories about the Dimona Reactor Dismayed Top Level Officials Who Saw a "Clearly Apparent Lack of Candor" more

CfP: Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development, September 2015

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Apr 15, 2015
Papers are now being solicited for "Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development," a conference to be held at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, in September 2015. more

2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Program

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Apr 02, 2015
The Korea Foundation (Seoul) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars program. The program offers the next-generation talents of Korea a chance to gain real-life work experiences at the world's leading research-policy institutes, including the Wilson Center. more

Increasing Transparency at the IAEA Archives

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Mar 27, 2015
Anna Weichselbraun proposes 9 ways that the IAEA can increase transparency and build confidence in its authority by reforming archival access policies. more

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Leopoldo Nuti // Co-Director, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project; Public Policy Scholar
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant