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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaks about climate change during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Nuclear Politics with Senator Ed Markey

Thu., Jan. 19, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Join Senator Ed Markey in conversation with Professor Matthew Bunn for a discussion on nuclear issues in the shadow of the war in Ukraine. With a new Congress, and ongoing conflict in Ukraine, nuclear issues are as important as ever. What are the challenges ahead? What is being done to address them? What new thinking may be helpful?

In-person attendance is limited to HUID-holders only. The general public is welcome to join this event via Zoom.

Large explosion of Operation Crossroads, Test Baker

Public Use

Seminar - Open to the Public

Withstanding the Test: Social, Political, and Cultural Responses to Nuclear Testing in Indigenous Communities

Fri., Dec. 2, 2022 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For decades, the world’s nuclear powers conducted nuclear test explosions in places they deemed suitable. These areas were remote and allegedly “uninhabited.” In practice, this meant that the indigenous people living near nuclear test sites were not considered important enough to be consulted by decision-makers. These communities suffered disproportionately the consequences of 528 atmospheric nuclear tests.

A picture of Cuba with the text "Cuban Missile Crisis at 60"

Bennett Craig

Conference - Open to the Public

Cuban Missile Crisis at 60: Lessons of the Past and Relevance for the Present

Fri., Oct. 14, 2022 | 8:30am - 5:00pm

Barker Center - Thompson Room

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 continues to stand as the single most dangerous event of the nuclear age, when the world came closer than ever before or since to the prospect of nuclear annihilation. Scholars and analysts continue to revisit the CMC to learn its lessons in order to avoid nuclear dangers in the future. A number of recent accounts have shed new light on the various aspects of and incidents within the CMC, providing us with a better understanding of the dynamics of the crisis. As the world marks 60 years since those fateful events, the risk of nuclear conflagration is once again on the rise. Russia, a major nuclear power, is waging a war against Ukraine, a state supported by the United States and NATO, a nuclear-armed alliance. What were the most dangerous moments of the CMC? What contributed to and what ameliorated the risks of a nuclear conflagration? What can we learn from the CMC that is pertinent for preventing a conventional war in Ukraine from crossing the nuclear threshold? MTA brings together historians and political scientists to discuss the state of the art of history and politics of the Cuban Missile Crisis and gauge its relevance for the war in Ukraine and for future crises and conflicts. 

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A stack of books about nuclear weapons.

Mariana Budjeryn

Special Series - Open to the Public

Beyond the Nuclear Canon: Teaching the Bomb in the 21st Century

Fri., Sep. 23, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm



Over the past several decades, the nuclear field has developed a classical canon of seemingly sacred texts. These works are likely to be assigned in university-level courses on nuclear policy across the United States and the globe. Over the past few years, however, the nuclear field – just as affected by hierarchies and injustices as other social milieus – has been shaken by calls to critically rethink the global nuclear predicament and engage with more diverse voices and perspectives. This must involve interrogating the transmitter of nuclear knowledge: the academic syllabus. It is imperative to revisit how nuclear courses are taught, what questions are raised, and what texts are assigned. Accordingly, MTA brings together a group of exceptional scholars and long-time teachers of nuclear history and politics to discuss challenges, discoveries, frustrations, and the importance of teaching the bomb in the 21st century.




UN HQ in New York

Brian Godfrey via Wikimedia Commons

Conference - Open to the Public

Atomic Backfires: How Great Power Nuclear Policies Fail

Thu., Aug. 11, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Tenth Review Conference (RevCon) of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will take place from 1 to 26 August 2022 at the United Nations' in New York.

On Thursday, August 11, from 10am-12 pm, the Project on Managing the Atom will host an in-person only conference side-event titled "Atomic Backfires: How Great Power Nuclear Policies Fail" in Conference Room B.

This panel discussion will launch a book by the same name. Moderated by Francesca Giovannini, the panel will include the following speakers: David M. Allison, Sarah Bidgood, Hyun-Binn Cho, Stephen Herzog, and Ariel F. W. Petrovics.

For questions regarding event attendance and logistics, please contact Project on Managing the Atom's Project Coordinator, Marina Lorenzini, at mlorenzini@hks.harvard.edu. We are unable to provide badges to members of the public to enter the conference.

Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons protest.

Medact via Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

Future Directions in the Study of Nuclear Disarmament

Mon., June 13, 2022 | 11:00am - 1:00pm


The first Meeting of the States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will convene in Vienna, Austria at the end of June 2022. This seminal diplomatic meeting of states that argue nuclear weapons undermine global security occurs at a time marked by unprecedented anxiety over potential nuclear weapon use. Yet, academic debates in nuclear politics have for decades been dominated by questions related to nuclear deterrence, proliferation, and nonproliferation. Studies on nuclear disarmament have long received relatively little attention in mainstream scholarly discourse. As the TPNW emerges as a new element in the landscape of multilateral nuclear diplomacy, academic inquiry must keep pace with political realities.

Moderated by Matthew Fuhrmann, the panel features Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Kjølv Egeland, Hassan Elbahtimy, Stephen Herzog, Tamara Patton, and Olamide Samuel.

The panel is convened by MTA as part of the Research Network on Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence.

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

Shaheen-III and Ghauri missiles displayed during a military parade to mark Pakistan's National Day in Islamabad in March 2022

AP Images/ Anjum Naveed

Seminar - Open to the Public

Pakistan's Bomb: Development and Current Implications

Tue., June 7, 2022 | 11:00am - 12:15pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Speaker: Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan

Discussants: Dr. Mayumi Fukushima, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom and the International Security Program, Belfer Center

Dr. Steven E. Miller, Director of the International Security Program, Belfer Center

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) hosts a reflective and policy-oriented discussion focused on Pakistan's development of its nuclear arsenal and implications for South Asian security today.

For members of the public (HUID and non-HUID holders), please register for the Zoom webinar event here. You will be able to watch the event live through Zoom.

For those who wish to attend in-person (HUID holders only), please register for a seat in the conference room here.

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Managing the Atom 25th Anniversary

Wed., May 11, 2022 | 9:00am - 1:30pm


We are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Managing the Atom!

For 25 years, MTAwith support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Frankel Foundation, and many other generous donorshas endeavored to nurture new generations of nuclear scholars and inform policy through fact-based analysis. In recognition of the anniversary, we will reflect upon our history as a program, as well as current challenges and opportunities facing the global landscape. The highlight of the event is Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Bonnie Jenkins, in conversation with MTA co-principal investigator, Matthew Bunn. 

Preliminary schedule:

9:00-10:15am - Introduction and discussion with MTA founders

10:15-10:30am - Break

10:30-11:45am - Panel on the war in Ukraine and the future of the global nuclear order

11:45am-noon - Break

noon-1:00pm - Special Guest in conversation with Matthew Bunn

1:00pm - Close of events

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

Conference - Open to the Public

MTA Deterrence Network Kickoff

Tue., May 10, 2022 | 9:00am - 1:00pm


The Project on Managing the Atom is excited to announce the launch of a research network, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, focused on engaging with and re-examining the role of nuclear deterrence.  The deterrence network will bring together geographically and intellectually diverse people and organizations to examine one of the most critical security issues facing the world.

To kick off the event, we will introduce foundational ideas and key actors to the start of the network. We will also feature a keynote from Dr. John P. Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Research Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and former Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) under President Obama.

Preliminary Schedule: 

9:00-10:00am - Introduction the Deterrence Network and foundational partners

10:00-10:15am - Break

10:15-11:45am - Remarks by Deterrence Network Working Groups

11:45am-noon - Break

noon-1:00pm - Keynote address by Dr. John P. Holdren


While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.