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Nuclear Nonproliferation

The cold war may have ended but not the nuclear threat. Small and weakened governments may not safeguard or account for all their warheads, more countries are seeking to join the nuclear club, and terrorist cells can easily obtain the know how to create small and dirty nuclear devices.

“And when you think of the relative lack of success the United States has had in keeping drugs from being imported into the country, you can imagine the relative ease of bringing in a piece of plutonium the size of a grapefruit (which could kill tens of thousands),” said Hoover fellow and former U. S. secretary of defense William Perry.

Hoover international security experts have been assessing the security threats of nuclear weapons for some time. These experts lend insight and analysis to the problems of nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and national security in opinion pieces and scholarly articles, podcasts, television and press interviews, blogs, and books—a comprehensive list follows.

February 20, 2014 | Bill Bennett's Morning In America

Ajami on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America: “Syria would have been the ideal test case for how to beat Iran”

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses current events on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. Topics include the recent violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, barrel bombs and chemical weapons in Syria, and nuclear weapons in Iran.

February 11, 2014 | Stanford News

Stanford Scholars Propose Peaceful Nuclear Path for Iran

Stanford experts argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening.
February 11, 2014 | Stanford News

Milani discusses Iran’s nuclear program

Abbas M. Milani

Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani and Stanford professor Siegfried Hecker discuss with the Stanford News the possibilities of Iran’s nuclear energy program being truly peaceful. Topics include Iran’s potential domestic opposition to a peaceful program, comparing Iran’s program to that of South Korea, Iran’s current enrichment capabilities, and the 2013 Iranian elections.

January 21, 2014

Crazy Like a Fox

Nice to have, suicidal to use: the bizarre logic of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

January 13, 2014 | Fox News

Sofaer on Fox News: “Iran can’t be trusted, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t negotiate with them”

Hoover senior fellow Abraham Sofaer on Fox News

Hoover senior fellow Abraham Sofaer discusses the Iranian nuclear deal on Fox News. Topics include the prospect for future sanctions on Iran; the relationship between sanctions and diplomacy; and why considering sanctions in the event the deal is unsuccessful would be a reasonable plan for Obama.

Op-eds and Blogs

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August 22, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

August 14, 2013 | New York Times

The End of a Nuclear Era

U.S. arms control policies have been overly preoccupied with negotiating with Russia.
August 12, 2013 | Strategika

Strategika: What Exactly Are the Strategic Aims that North Korea Hopes to Achieve by the Possession of a Few Deployable Nuclear Weapons?

July 3, 2013 | Stanford Daily

The Next Generation of Nuclear Awareness

March 5, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Risks

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Articles and Books

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February 11, 2014 | Stanford News

Stanford Scholars Propose Peaceful Nuclear Path for Iran

Stanford experts argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening.
January 21, 2014

Crazy Like a Fox

Nice to have, suicidal to use: the bizarre logic of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

October 2, 2012

World-Renowned Nuclear Experts Analyze Risks and Rewards of the Nuclear Enterprise in a new book edited by George P. Shultz and Sidney D. Drell

The Nuclear Enterprise: High-Consequence Accidents: How to Enhance Safety and Mi

Hoover Institution Press today released The Nuclear Enterprise: High-Consequence Accidents: How to Enhance Safety and Minimize Risks in Nuclear Weapons and Reactors, a book edited by George P. Shultz and Sidney D. Drell in which contributors examine risks associated with the nuclear enterprise of weapons and power plant accidents. This book emphasizes the importance of adopting essential safety and security measures so as to minimize these risks globally in view of the potentially devastating consequences of accidents in the nuclear enterprise.

October 2, 2012

Reducing the Global Nuclear Risk

Sparing no effort to ensure safety and security. To listen to Sidney Drell and Tod Lindberg, click below.

July 3, 2012 | Hoover Institution

Taking on Iran by Abraham Sofaer

Taking on Iran by Abraham Sofaer

Abraham Sofaer, who served as legal adviser to the US Department of State from 1985 to 1990, is the first George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Sofaer’s most recent book is Taking on Iran, in which he details the dangers faced by humanity from nuclear weapons. Sofaer notes that renewed negotiations between the UN Security Council and Iran may fail despite the threat of increased sanctions. He offers various options to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons; should it do so, he provides alternatives to war or containment.  Click here for more information.

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February 20, 2014 | Bill Bennett's Morning In America

Ajami on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America: “Syria would have been the ideal test case for how to beat Iran”

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses current events on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. Topics include the recent violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, barrel bombs and chemical weapons in Syria, and nuclear weapons in Iran.

January 13, 2014 | Fox News

Sofaer on Fox News: “Iran can’t be trusted, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t negotiate with them”

Hoover senior fellow Abraham Sofaer on Fox News

Hoover senior fellow Abraham Sofaer discusses the Iranian nuclear deal on Fox News. Topics include the prospect for future sanctions on Iran; the relationship between sanctions and diplomacy; and why considering sanctions in the event the deal is unsuccessful would be a reasonable plan for Obama.

August 23, 2013 | Strategika

Greetings, Americans: Understanding North Korea

What exactly are the strategic aims that North Korea hopes to achieve by the pos
Image credit: Hoover Archives Poster Collection: CC 137, Celebration of the occupation of South Korea on the fifth independence day

The American Enterprise Institute’s Thomas Donnelly examines what North Korea hopes to gain through its nuclear weapons program.

August 23, 2013 | Strategika

All Eyes On North Korea

What exactly are the strategic aims that North Korea hopes to achieve by the pos
Image credit: Hoover Archives Poster Collection: CC 137, Celebration of the occupation of South Korea on the fifth independence day

Cornell University professor Barry S. Strauss examines how North Korea’s history influences its modern strategic calculations.

July 13, 2013 | Tom Sullivan Show (Fox Business)

Jeremy Carl on the Tom Sullivan Show

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Other

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February 11, 2014 | Stanford News

Milani discusses Iran’s nuclear program

Abbas M. Milani

Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani and Stanford professor Siegfried Hecker discuss with the Stanford News the possibilities of Iran’s nuclear energy program being truly peaceful. Topics include Iran’s potential domestic opposition to a peaceful program, comparing Iran’s program to that of South Korea, Iran’s current enrichment capabilities, and the 2013 Iranian elections.

November 27, 2013 | Stanford Report

Milani discusses the significance of the Iranian nuclear deal

Abbas M. Milani

Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani discusses with the Stanford Report his views on the recent agreement with Iran to halt its nuclear program. Topics include what the deal means for the Iranian people, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, and Israel’s dissatisfaction with the deal.

May 21, 2013

Richard B. Foster collection now has a finding aid

Cover of report co-authored by Richard B. Foster, 1975 (Richard B. Foster papers

The archives’ Richard B. Foster collection now has a finding aid. The Foster papers document the work of a leading US national security analyst during the Cold War. In a long career at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute), Foster specialized in strategic forecasting, attempting to predict future military and political developments on the basis of existing trends. He conducted research and wrote about many aspects of US defense policy, especially possible strategies in the event of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

April 29, 2013

Conference on Peace Research, Education and Development sound recordings in the Hoover Archives

Building on its rich collections related to peacemaking and diplomacy, the Hoover Institution has now obtained audiocassettes of the proceedings of the national Conference on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) held November 7-10, 1984. The conference brought together leading peace activists and political figures to discuss global challenges in security, institution building, conflict management, nuclear nonproliferation, and the role of public diplomacy in easing international tensions and improving international understanding.

May 16, 2012

Deterrence Workshop

A workshop on deterrence in a changing world was held at Hoover on May 16, 2012 to examine the arguments that support the status quo in nuclear deterrence strategies. Participants commented on a paper presented by Benoit Pelopidas, a French scholar who is now a lecturer at the University of Bristol, England. Experts on several regions of the world assessed how nations in those regions would react to the debate over nuclear deterrence; two distinguished religious leaders reviewed the ethics of nuclear deterrence in contemporary conditions. (This summary report was written by Peter Jones, a Hoover visiting fellow.)

September 12, 2011

Panel discussion on Deterrence: Its Past and Future

Deterrence: Its Past and Future

On Monday, September 12, 2011, the Hoover Institution hosted a panel discussion on the publication of Deterrence: Its Past and Future (edited by George P. Shultz, Sidney D. Drell, and James E. Goodby). Drawn from the third in a series of conferences on the nuclear legacy of the cold war at the Hoover Institution on November 11–12, 2010, this report examines the importance of deterrence, from its critical function in the cold war to its current role.

November 12, 2010

Hoover Fellows Shultz and Perry Lead, with Kissinger and Nunn, Nuclear Nonproliferation Discussion

Nuclear Tipping Point

In Nuclear Tipping Point, a film featuring Hoover distinguished fellow George P. Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former US secretaries of state; Hoover senior fellow William Perry, former US secretary of defense; and Sam Nunn, former US senator, the four men share the experiences that led them to write the now famous Wall Street Journal op-eds that describe their efforts to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, to prevent their spread into potentially dangerous hands, and ,ultimately to end them as a threat to the world.

October 7, 2010

Seminar featuring Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani

Abbas M. Milani
Abbas Milani is a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. He delivered, during a seminar, a talk titled “Iran’s Nuclear Program” on Thursday, October 7, 2010. The seminar, which took place at the Pacific-Union Club, is part of the Hoover Breakfast Briefings series.
April 21, 2010

Nuclear Tipping Point Premieres at Stanford University

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The movie Nuclear Tipping Point was shown on the campus of Stanford University on April 20 to a standing-room-only crowd. It has been shown to great acclaim in other venues, including the White House on April 6, at which time President Barack Obama viewed it.

April 21, 2010

Hoover Institution’s Commentary on Nuclear Nonproliferation

Nuclear nonproliferation commentary page

For informed, reasoned discussion regarding nuclear threats facing the world and opportunities to address these threats, the Hoover Institution has compiled the work of its scholars on the subject into one comprehensive, easy-to-access section.

April 21, 2010

The Predictioneer’s Game

Putting numbers to the news, Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita lays his bets on issues such as climate change and Middle East peace.

April 13, 2010 | Christian Science Monitor

Does the Obama nuclear strategy put the US at risk?

Former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Republican, defends Obama’s nuclear strategy and discusses his vision of a world without nukes.

April 6, 2010 | Nuclear Threat Initiative

White House to Host Screening Tonight of Nuclear Tipping Point

Nuclear Tipping Point, a documentary film on today's global nuclear dangers, will be screened tonight at the White House.

April 6, 2010 | Christian Science Monitor

Nuclear weapons: Is full disarmament possible?

As world leaders convene in Washington for a summit on halting the spread of nuclear weapons, a global debate is rising on the merits – and feasibility – of total nuclear disarmament.

April 3, 2010 | Information Clearing House

“The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy

The president could not have been more justified when he condemned “the evil scourge of terrorism.” I am quoting Ronald Reagan, who came into office in 1981 declaring that a focus of his foreign policy would be state-directed international terrorism...

March 26, 2010 | Nuclear Security Project

Statement by George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn on START Follow-On Treaty

The four of us have expressed our belief that the potential use of nuclear weapons is one of the gravest dangers the world faces and have expressed our support for moving toward a world without nuclear weapons. . . .

November 28, 2007

From Hoover Press: Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on Its Twentieth Anniversary: Conference Report

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At their October 1986 meeting in Reykjavik, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. That historic meeting ultimately led to the end of the cold war. “Since that time, the nature of the nuclear threat in the world has changed, but the twenty-year-old lessons of Reykjavik may well help us achieve the goal of a modern world free of nuclear weapons,” said former secretary of state George P. Shultz.

October 25, 2007

The Twenty-First Anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit Held at Stanford

October 2007 marks the 21st anniversary of the landmark 1986 Reykjavik Summit where President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev famously reached a verbal agreement to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

October 26, 2006

Reykjavik Summit 20th Anniversary:Session I

Join the Hoover Institution in a roundtable session exploring: Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on its Twentieth Anniversary.

July 30, 1999

Providing for the Common Defense

North Korea and other outlaw states may soon be capable of targeting missiles at the American mainland. What are we doing to defend ourselves? Precious little. Hoover media fellow Michael Barone on the need for an antimissile defense.

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