With the election of Joe Biden as President, it is possible to save the 2010 New START Treaty and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and to make progress on other nuclear policy reforms. But too narrow a focus on immediate threats and incremental gains may be a distraction from changing nuclear policy in a more holistic way.
The nuclear weapons field is often portrayed as one of the most gendered areas of international security and particularly hostile for women, who are seen as underrepresented in the field and potentially able to bring qualitative change to the policy space.
This talk, based on a forthcoming personal account, will offer reflections by the president of the diplomatic conference convened under the auspices of the United Nations on the process of negotiating and adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, fulfilling an aspiration as old as the United Nations.
This talk seeks to explain the role of U.S. satellite-imaging technology innovation in domestic and international politics during arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
In a major new book, Gambling With Armageddon, Martin Sherwin revisits the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which many consider to have been the closest the US and USSR came to nuclear war during the Cold War. In this talk, Sherwin challenges traditional narratives of the crisis by drawing attention to the role of technology and luck in creating and preventing a catastrophe.
As part of the Nuclear Princeton project, Native-American undergraduate students affiliated with the student groups, Natives at Princeton, and Native Nations in the United States, investigate the impacts of the nuclear age on Native Nations in the United States and Princeton’s role in helping shape this age.
This talk will focus on how lawmakers obtain the information they need to make decisions about the many policy issues in which science plays a role. By understanding more about the capacity of Congress to access, interpret, and use information on science and technology, we can better understand how to improve its science and technology advisory system.
The talk seeks to convey some of the lessons Dr. Cochran learned during his 40 years of public policy advocacy on issues related to civil nuclear power, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear arms control issues.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force in January 2021 as the first international legal instrument to ban the production, possession, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons.
This presentation analyzes a technology's potential to significantly affect stability along three axes: the pace of advances in, and diffusion of, this technology; the technology's implications for deterrence and defense; and the technology's potential for direct impact on crisis decision-making.
This presentation explores when the US has decided to share information on the nuclear weapon safety feature known as Permissive Action Links (PALs) with foreign countries and the importance of the U.S.’s relationships with foreign countries, legal concerns, advances in technology, and the fear of nuclear accidents.
This presentation will focus on the 1978-1979 period when senior U.S. government officials realized how far Islamabad had gone in acquiring gas centrifuge technology and that they could not stop Pakistan from eventually building the bomb.
This talk examines the cultural, artistic, and literary impact of nuclear colonialism in French (occupied) Polynesia through the lens of the songs, paintings, and novels by Mā‘ohi activists.
The capabilities of hypersonic weapons remain uncertain and controversial. Based on a computational model of hypersonic missile flight, this talk examines the performance of this new type of weapons.
A commitment to dismantling systemic racism and becoming antiracist requires openness, willingness to listen and change, and, above all, accountability.
In January 2020, the Bulletin Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock was set at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to catastrophe.
This presentation will focus on the challenges and outlook for nuclear diplomacy with Tehran and Pyongyang, as seen from Moscow.
This presentation will provide a snapshot of the current state of affairs in finding and developing a nuclear waste disposal facility in Australia.
Adam Higginbotham speaks about his definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster; a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.
Examining the properties of current nuclear arsenals, scenarios of nuclear conflict, and calculations of the effects of nuclear explosions.
A photographic study of the land that served as the main testing site for American nuclear devices for four decades
While for some decades since the end of the Cold War debates about nuclear weapons policy receded in the public discourse, the debate has been renewed by a number of controversial steps by the Trump administration as well its challenging long-standing doctrines in the Nuclear Posture Review.
It may seem obvious that the atomic bombs ended World War II. Yet at least four other developments helped persuade Japanese leaders to surrender. Understanding the Japanese side of the story advances us well beyond American-centered analyses.
What can be learned about the nuclear devices designed and tested in North Korea? This talk will review three distinct streams of evidence: seismic and other observational data, insider accounts, and official North Korean statements. Comparing the three streams provides a largely consistent picture.
Looking at nuclear energy diplomacy as a means to build new geopolitical partnerships offers a way to understand the Middle East’s emerging nuclear landscape, proliferation potential, and the implications of nuclear partnership by states in the region with great powers.
Scientists like to proclaim that science knows no borders. Scientific researchers follow the evidence where it leads, their conclusions free of prejudice or ideology. But is that really the case? In Freedom’s Laboratory, Audra J. Wolfe shows how these ideas were tested to their limits in the high-stakes propaganda battles of the Cold War.
Andrew Brown explores how James Chadwick quietly undermined the effort of General Leslie Groves, the head of the U.S. Manhattan Project, to create a post-war American nuclear monopoly.