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"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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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.

‘Expensive, prone to obsolescence, and lacking in credibility as a deterrent’: US attitudes to the UK’s independent nuclear capabilities, and McNamara’s Ann Arbor speech of June 1962 revisited

April 5, 2016

Abstract: On 13 February 2016, in a widely-reported interview for the BBC, Ashton Carter, the US Secretary of Defense, made clear that the US Government supported the maintenance and renewal of...

Additive Manufacturing & High-Performance Computing: Disruptive Latent Technologies Impacting Our National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract: Dr. Goodwin’s presentation will discuss some of the rapid developments in additive manufacturing technology (3-D printing with metals and other materials) and their relationship to high...

Rival Hierarchies: Lessons from the Cold War for Today’s Geopolitics

March 23, 2016

Abstract: To what extent will multipolar institution building undermine the US-led international order?

Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: Real American Attitudes about Dropping the Bomb

March 3, 2016

Abstract: Numerous polls show that U.S. public approval of Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has declined significantly since 1945.

Irreversible nuclear disarmament through geological disposal of plutonium

February 29, 2016

Abstract: The large U.S. and Russian stockpiles of weapons plutonium present a sustained risk to global nuclear security.


Sannia Abdullah Sannia Abdullah Postdoctoral Fellow
Kristin Ven Bruusgaard Kristin Ven Bruusgaard Predoctoral Fellow
Anna Weichselbraun Anna M. Weichselbraun Postdoctoral Fellow
Yogesh Joshi Yogesh Joshi Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow
Gabriela Levikow Gabriela Levikow CISAC Honors Student
Cameron Tracy Cameron Tracy Affiliate
Eva Uribe Eva C. Uribe Affiliate
Brad Roberts Brad Roberts Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Anna Peczeli Anna Péczeli Affiliate
Mark Gorenflo Mark Gorenflo Affiliate