Events

Brazilian Nuclear History Fellowship at the Wilson Center

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host a 3-month research fellowship for a scholar studying Brazil’s nuclear history, in particular as it relates to US-Brazilian relations, Brazil’s nuclear relations with Argentina and other countries, and the evolving role of Brazil in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime.

On The Brink Part 2: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

New research is shedding additional light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the US and USSR, with the tiny nation of Cuba in the middle. For the next two weeks, CONTEXT will look back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 2 of our "On The Brink" series, Philip Brenner describes how and why the missiles were brought to Cuba and what might have happened if they'd stayed.

New book by NPIHP Partner Matias Spektor

Azeredo da Silveira: um Depoimento (Azeredo da Silveira: A Testimony)

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The sixth annual Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ (SHAFR) Summer Institute, hosted by the History and Public Policy Program’s Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP).

NPIHP Partner Publishes Article on Able Archer Crisis and Deterrence Theory

The Journal of Strategic Studies publishes article on deterrence theory and the 1983 Able Archer nuclear crisis by Dima Adamsky, IDC Herzilya.

Nuclear Boot Camp

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project's annual Nuclear Boot Camp is a full-immersion course in the international history of nuclear weapons.

From the Indian Bomb to the Establishment of the First Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Agreement (1974-1980)

India’s first nuclear explosive test in May 1974 had deep consequences for the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The establishment of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 1975 added to the safeguards requirements that were imposed on countries seeking nuclear technology—even those that were outside the NPT. This tightening of the nuclear technology transfer regime as a result of India’s 1974 test would have a considerable effect on the Brazilian and Argentine programs.
Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre

NPIHP Releases 20 Documents on the South African Nuclear Program

These documents shed new light on South Africa’s unique nuclear history, from early uranium supply arrangements with the United States to the South African response to the September 1979 Vela incident.

Nuclear Weapons: Lesson From the Yom Kippur War

According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred. Avner Cohen is a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Cohen is the author of two groundbreaking books on Israeli nuclear history and has worked with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project for the past two years to facilitate the release of historical materials from his research collection.

"To the people of Israel, this could, one day, become a mortal danger"

Or Rabinowitz examines Israeli PM Menachem Begin's 1979 letter to Margaret Thatcher regarding Pakistan's nuclear program.

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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