In the early 1980s, Brazilian nuclear activities were facing stark challenges. The 1975 Brazil-West German nuclear cooperation agreement had inspired strong opposition from the US and elsewhere. The landmark agreement provided for reactor construction and the transfer of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities that would give Brazil mastery of the entire nuclear fuel cycle. Officials in Washington viewed the agreement as a major proliferation risk.
As the failure of Pax Atomica seemed more and more imminent, the soaring anxiety, alarm, apprehension and mistrust of the national governments across Europe contributed to the success of the 1980s peace movement.
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of four new documents on Sino-Soviet nuclear cooperation translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 43, Austin Jersild introduces the documents, which illustrate the difficulties of Sino-Soviet military cooperation at the lower levels of exchange and collaboration.
For ten days in June, 2012, the Wilson Center’s Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), in cooperation with the University of Roma Tre, hosted its second annual “Nuclear Boot Camp” at the former Allumiere NATO base outside of Rome, Italy.
Francis J. Gavin, NPIHP Senior Advisor and Director of UT Austin's Robert S Strauss Center for International Security and Law, writes in The National Interest about the "three key questions that should frame any discussion of the Cuban Missile Crisis."
In the Shadow of the Bomb: Nuclear Proliferation Policies in the Middle East During the Reagan Administration
The Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University, is seeking paper proposals for a conference on "Relations between China and States on its Periphery during the Cold War" to be held in Shanghai fall 2013.
Sixteen new Documents on the Euromissiles Crisis from Dutch Archives
NPIHP Partner Eliza Gheorghe recently published an article in the journal Cold War History on Romania's efforts to acquire nuclear technology in the period 1964-1970.