In the latest chapter of our "On The Brink" series, we explore the meaning and relevance of the term, "nuclear order of battle" with Robert S. Norris from the Federation of American Scientists. If the worst had happened, how would escalation have occured? Norris' research is the first that attempts to answer this question.
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.
50 years later, new research is shedding historical light on the tense and dangerous nuclear standoff between the US and USSR on the tiny island of Cuba. The first segment in a CONTEXT series marking the anniversary features Timothy Naftali who provides insight on the epic tale from the perspectives of Havana and Moscow.
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has just announced the impending release of 220,000 newly declassified files on India's foreign policy history. Speaking at an NPIHP-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) workshop on "The Early Years of Nuclear Cooperation and Non-Proliferation" in New Delhi, MEA Special Secretary Pinak Chakravarty explained that "It is understandable that the historical evolution of our nuclear policy and development of strategic thinking in this area is a matter of considerable academic interest ... We welcome academic inquiry and analysis on this subject."
NPIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to its online Digital Archive. Four documents chart the unfolding crisis, from early warning signs, to the first urgent report of a catastrophic accident, to post-disaster analysis tracking the radioactive fallout from Ukraine.
A new review essay by NPIHP Senior Advisor and Director of the University of Texas at Austin's Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law Francis J. Gavin scrutinizes the long-standing debate on nuclear proliferation between scholars Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz. Gavin concludes that Sagan and Waltz should update their arguments to reflect new insights from the archives, and formulate recommendations which acknowledge the real world complexity, uncertainty and time pressures which policy-makers face.
Christine Leah, a participant in the 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp, authored "US Extended Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Order: An Australian Perspective" in Asian Security.
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.
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is seeking internship applicants for the fall 2012 academic semester. The individual hired will be engaged in the full range of NPIHP activities, but will focus in particular on digitizing and cataloging a large collection of documents on Israeli nuclear history for inclusion in NPHIP's online digital archive.
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.
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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
- CIMA—Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies
- Department of Contemporary History/University of Vienna
- East China Normal University—Center for Cold War International History Studies
- ETH Zurich—Center for Security Studies
- Fundacao Getulio Vargas—Center for the Documentation of the Contemporary History of Brazil
- Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
- Interdisciplinary Center Herzilya
- James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
- Monash South Africa
- The National Security Archive
- The University of Texas at Austin’s Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
- Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol
- Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies Stockholm University