The IAEA and the Global Cold War

Expert Meeting of the IAEA History Research Project

Fri, 9/2/2016, 12:00 am
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg
Knesebeckstraße 83
10623 Berlin


Invitation only.


Logo: Universität Wien


Logo: Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg (B3K)

On 2 September 2016, the IAEA History Research Project will host an expert workshop on the history of the IAEA during the global Cold War, in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies. The meeting is part of the IAEA History Research Project’s larger research activities focusing on the history of the IAEA. The project aims to catalyze the opening of the IAEA archives and the integration of IAEA history within the global nuclear history narrative. In addition, a digital archive featuring oral history interviews with former IAEA officials, diplomats, and scientists will be launched in late 2016. Former Directors General Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei have both contributed with interviews to the project.
The Berlin meeting will bring together experts from the worlds of practice and academia to shed new light on the history of the IAEA during the Cold War. Inspired by the work of Odd Arne Westad and others, the discussions will look beyond the East-West divide and include the global South in the history of the Cold War.
This day is designed to facilitate an open and in-depth discussion on the global history of this important international organization. A new generation of nuclear historians will have the opportunity to present their most recent work to key figures from the IAEA’s history and to learn from their experiences. The IAEA History Research Project believes that this intellectual exchange can give new impetus to historical scholarship on the IAEA. In November 2015, a similar workshop took place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, with participants such as David Waller, Norman Wulf, and Thomas Shea.
The specific objectives of the workshop are:
To facilitate an exchange of views between historians, diplomats, and officials;
To discuss new historical research on the IAEA;
To develop future research agendas; and
To conduct interviews with former diplomats and officials on the margins of the meeting.
To achieve these objectives, the one-day workshop will be divided into three topical sessions. The day after the workshop, on 3 September 2016, oral history interviews will be conducted at the Berlin Center.

Organized by the IAEA History Research Project at the University of Vienna, in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies. 

Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Invitation only.