Nuclear History Events

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

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.

Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal (at U.S. Institute of Peace)

July 08, 2014 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program

Retrospective Illusions? Nuclear Lessons from French Memory

June 25, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
In this presentation, Benoit Pelopidas argues that the French understanding of the outcome of the Cuban missile crisis as a diplomatic victory rather than a result of good fortune could lead to an overconfidence in nuclear safety and security in France. Beyond the French example, Dr. Pelopidas’ analysis unveils the ways in which collective memory can create retrospective illusions of nuclear safety and security.

OFF-SITE EVENT: Sixty Years of Atoms for Peace

December 06, 2013 // 6:00pm9:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, will host a panel discussion on the 60th anniversary of U.S. President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nationals General Assembly. The discussion will be held off-site at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue on 6 December 2013 at 6:00PM. Speakers include Joseph Pilat, Odette Jankowitsch, Elisabeth Röhrlich, and Oliver Rathkolb.

Italy, the Cold War, and the Nuclear Dilemma: The Struggle over the NPT

November 25, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Why do nuclear weapons matter? Italy's military nuclear policy throughout the Cold War was an attempt to achieve a position of parity with the major European powers. The Non-Proliferation Treaty, however, challenged this basic goal, and both the signature and the ratification of the treaty became two of the most controversial choices that postwar Italy had to face.
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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 08, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Kate Brown presented "Plutopia", the first history of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, two communities developed in parallel by opposing nations at the height of the Cold War.

The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades

April 19, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
International Security Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory presents "The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades" with Thomas Moore, Deputy Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Senior Republican Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

April 04, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
McGill University Professor of History Gil Troy leads on expert panel on his latest book, "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism" which explores the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Korea Foundation Junior Scholars' Presentations

February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Korea Foundation Junior Scholars will present on the results of their research conducted at the Wilson Center from September 2012 through February 2013.

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