4 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Taiwan’s Nuclear Program: An Update

Wed., Apr. 20, 2016 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Taiwan’s nuclear activities during the Cold War went through two stages—from 1972–1978, and from 1978–1988. During both periods, the United States expended considerable energy on a coercion and inducements campaign to persuade and eventually prevent Taiwan from progressing towards a nuclear weapon. In this talk, drawing on a series of interviews conducted in Taiwan with the support of the Belfer Center’s Managing the Atom Project, the International Security Program and the Stanton Foundation, Eugene Kogan will offer an update on an on-going research to deepen our understanding of this complicated nuclear negotiation.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 2013.

State Dept. Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons: What Would Machiavelli Say?

Thu., Mar. 13, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This seminar will provide a historical overview of U.S. efforts to convince its Cold War–era allies (Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan, and Israel) from going nuclear. It will then discuss what lessons policymakers can draw as the United States confronts the possibility of contemporary allies, such as Riyadh, considering acquiring nuclear capabilities.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Allies with Atomic Appetites

Wed., Nov. 6, 2013 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

What can the U.S. do to thwart the nuclear ambitions of its allies?  Looking to the past, the U.S. was able to leverage its alliance commitments to stop some friendly states from going nuclear.  Looking to the future, Iran's possible nuclear acquisition and China’s military ascendancy may tempt key U.S. allies in the Middle East and East Asia to consider reducing their reliance on American security guarantees by acquiring independent nuclear deterrents.  When planning a response to the nuclear pursuit by these friends, the U.S. can draw lessons from the successes and failures of its nonproliferation efforts against its Cold War-era allies.

Coffee and tea provided. Please join us - Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.