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Drell Lecture: US National Security in an Era of Great Power Competition and Technological Disruption

August 5, 2019

 The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of geopolitical change and technological disruption. How should we rethink U.S.

Maximizing Leverage: China’s Strategic Force Posture Choices in the Information Age

March 11, 2019

Abstract: How do nuclear-armed states coerce their adversaries in wars with limited aims without using nuclear weapons?

Jason Rezaian in Conversation with Brett McGurk

February 20, 2019

*This event is co-sponsored with the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. Jason Rezaian discusses his new book, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, with Brett McGurk,...

The Stopping Power of Norms

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Sagan and Valentino's path-breaking survey of public opinion American attitudes towards the laws of war found Americans are relatively insensitive to international norms and taboos...

The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

December 14, 2018

This seminar will provide analysis and implications of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review from the perspectives of three people who spent a significant portion of their careers working on the nuclear...

Nuclear Disarmament Verification via Resonant Phenomena

December 14, 2018

Click here to view paper Abstract: Nuclear disarmament treaties are not sufficient in and of themselves to neutralize the existential threat of the nuclear weapons.

Obama’s Prague Agenda: Success and Frustration

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Steve Fetter worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the first three and last two years of the Obama administration.

The INF Treaty’s Demise: What it Means for Arms Control, Europe and U.S.-Russia Relations

October 26, 2018

INF Public Panel DiscussionPresident Trump announced on October 20 that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

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

September 19, 2018

Abstract: The purpose and force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty hinges on a legal distinction between "nuclear weapons states" and "non-nuclear weapons states." But rather than being a self...

"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...

Reset of U.S. nuclear waste management strategy and policy

January 22, 2018

This talk is co-sponsored by the Precourt Institute for Energy and will take place in the Engineering Quad (see address above) from 4:30 - 5:20 PM Abstract: The U.S.

Parallel power play: building nuclear cooperation in Argentina and Brazil

December 19, 2017

Abstract: In the fifty years following World War II, Argentina and Brazil constructed advanced nuclear energy programs that far outpaced those of other countries in Latin America.

Putin and his generals: Explaining change in Russian nuclear strategy

December 8, 2017

Abstract: What are the causes of change in Russian declaratory nuclear strategy?

A new perspective on nuclear waste management: facing the technical and social challenges of a complex science-policy issue

August 31, 2017

Abstract: Continuing social concerns over nuclear energy technologies still limit the application of long-term solutions to nuclear waste management in most countries.

Spent Nuclear Fuel in South Korea and China

April 5, 2017

Abstract: Relative to the struggles Western nuclear powered countries have experienced in the recent past, South Korea and China have had notable success building up nuclear power at an impressive...

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.

Normalization by Other Means: The Failed Techno-diplomacy of Light Water Reactor Export in the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

March 17, 2017

Abstract: In 1992, North Korea offered to dismantle its plutonium-production reactors in exchange for more “proliferation-resistant” light water reactors (LWRs) from the West, and this offer...

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...

The Limits of Presidential Power or Calculated Ambiguity? The Case of Nuclear No-First Use, Sole Purpose, and Negative Security Assurances

November 17, 2016

Abstract: In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama had a very specific agenda to revise and update the U.S. nuclear posture.

Deterrence without Bombs

September 15, 2016

Abstract: Deterrence is one of the most central concepts in international relations scholarship.

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....

CISAC Honors Students Prize-Winning Presentations

May 18, 2016

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Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
Kelly Devens CISAC Honors Student
Eva C. Uribe Affiliate
Sannia Abdullah Sannia Abdullah Affiliate
Sidra Hamidi Affiliate
Brad Roberts Brad Roberts Affiliate
Anna Peczeli Anna Péczeli Affiliate
Yeajin Yoon Affiliate
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
Mark Gorenflo Mark Gorenflo Affiliate