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Is India Shifting to a Nuclear Counterforce Strategy?

October 18, 2018

Abstract: Is India considering developing nuclear counterforce options against Pakistan?

Law as Discursive Resource: The Politics of the Nuclear/Non-Nuclear Distinction in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

September 19, 2018

Speaker Bio: Sidra Hamidi is a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC. She completed her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2018.

A Comprehensive History of North Korea's Nuclear Program and Lessons Learned

March 26, 2018

NOTE: Seminar room changed to Oksenberg Conference RoomEncina Hall, 3rd floor  This is an APARC-CISAC joint event.With all eyes on the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit and the planned Kim-Trump Summit,...

A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg on ‘The Doomsday Machine’

March 19, 2018

- RSVP here - Abstract: Must we, should we, possess a Doomsday Machine?  For over half a century there have been two of these in the world: the U.S.

Rethinking the Kargil conflict: What did Pakistan learn from a nuclear crisis?

March 8, 2018

Abstract: In November 1998, ‘mujahideen’ warriors climbed the heights above Kargil in Indian held Kashmir, crossed the Line of Control, and occupied Indian military posts.

"Our theoreticians were armed with McNamara's arguments." Reflections on Soviet military strategy in the 1960s and 1970s.

March 3, 2018

Abstract: The quotation in the title is taken from the memoirs of Boris Chertok, a leading Soviet missile designer.  In my talk I will examine significant shifts in Soviet thinking about nuclear...

A 21st century Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

February 5, 2018

Abstract: Founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists aimed to chronicle the dawn of the...

Countering nuclear terrorism: Can the United Nations deliver?

December 18, 2017

Abstract: It has been more than a decade since the UN Security Council enacted Resolution 1540—the most far-reaching of international instruments to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)...

Safety assessment of nuclear waste repositories: scientific issues vs societal expectations

December 8, 2017

Abstract: In the last 30 years I have been actively involved in various safety assessment exercises for high level and low and intermediate level nuclear waste disposal sites, mainly for the...

Nuclear accidents, causes and consequences

July 21, 2017

Abstract: The safety of a nuclear and any complex system is enhanced by analyzing failures and incorporating the lessons learned into ongoing and future activities.The triad of hardware, software,...

A Worst Practices Guide to Preventing Insider Threats

April 7, 2017

Video of Worst Practices Guide 5 16 17 Abstract: High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information,...

Conventional Conflicts with Nuclear-Armed Powers: Prospects for Escalation Control

March 22, 2017

Abstract: Under what conditions could the United States control escalation in a conventional conflict with a nuclear-armed adversary? The possibility that a dispute between the U.S.

Japan's shift in the nuclear debate: a change in its security identity

March 20, 2017

Abstract: Throughout the Cold War, Japanese leaders and policymakers have generally been careful to reflect the public’s firm opposition to anti-nuclear sentiment.

Thorium reactors: silver bullet or proliferation hazard?

January 26, 2017

Abstract: Since their conception in the 1950s, thorium reactors have been promoted as a promising technology for nuclear energy generation, though they have not yet been successfully commercialized...

Networks and Nukes: A Multiplex Model of Nuclear Proliferation

January 26, 2017

Abstract: While impressive strides have been made in detecting physical evidence of nuclear weapons production, there is no consensus on how international relationships combine to motivate or deter...

Epistemic values: bureaucratic objectivity at the IAEA

November 22, 2016

Abstract: This talk examines ideologies of knowledge and expertise in the global governance of nuclear technology through an ethnographic study of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s...

Alliance Credibility and Nuclear Proliferation

November 22, 2016

Abstract: In international politics, the division between allies and adversaries appears quite clear.

The dilemma of multiple choices: Comparing the technical suitability of sites for a deep-mined, geologic repository for high-activity radioactive waste

August 31, 2016

Abstract: All nations that have selected a strategy for the long-term management of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel have opted for disposal in a deep-mined, geologic repository....

4000 Deaths: Chernobyl’s Mortality Revisited

August 31, 2016

Abstract: Among the key knowledge-claims that frame modern nuclear discourse is an oft-repeated assertion that the 1986 Chernobyl disaster caused (or will cause) “no more than 4000 deaths”.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20: Prospects for Ratification and the Enduring Risks of Nuclear Testing

May 3, 2016

- Please note special start time: 2:55 rather than 3:30 PM; please RSVP above -  The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20:Prospects for Ratification and the Enduring Risks of Nuclear Testing...

Knowledge Infrastructures for a Changing Planet: the past, present, and future of relations between climate science and nuclear weapons research

May 2, 2016

Abstract: Nuclear war and climate change present the two most serious threats to global security since World War II.

The Other Iran Nuclear Negotiations: The failed U.S.-Iran nuclear cooperation agreement negotiations, 1974-1978

April 7, 2016

Abstract: Iran under Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi undertook one of the most ambitious nuclear programs of any non-nuclear weapon state in the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the 1970s.

Learning from a Disaster: Nuclear Safety and Security Five Years after Fukushima

March 11, 2016

- This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Walter H.

People

David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Eva Uribe Eva C. Uribe Affiliate
Daniel Metlay Daniel Metlay Affiliate
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
Neil Narang Affiliate
Elliot Serbin Elliot Serbin Research Assistant to Siegfried Hecker