About NSRI: The Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) was established to support and expand what we believe is a renaissance in nuclear studies by creating a platform for intellectual exchange, cross-fertilization, and mentorship. The initiative actively promotes work that transcends both national and disciplinary boundaries and seeks to contribute to policy.  Created in 2013 by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, the NSRI is now hosted by MIT’s Security Studies Program and generously supported by both the Carnegie Corporation Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. The NSRI is directed by Francis J. Gavin, Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT.

Call for Papers – The Nuclear Studies Research Initiative

The Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second workshop, to be held at the Arlie retreat center in Northern Virginia, April 30th to May 2nd 2015.  We seek proposals on any aspect of nuclear studies, regardless of discipline, though we are especially interested in projects that address important theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of nuclear weapons, strategy, and proliferation.  Subjects of particular interest include:

  • regional powers and nuclear interests
  • proliferation and counter-proliferation
  • regimes, institutions, and treaties
  • nuclear strategy and force structure: past, present, future
  • the politics of nuclear technology
  • alliances, security guarantees, and extended deterrence
  • new nuclear history

In the spirit of workshop style discussion, all participants will be expected to read the submitted papers in advance. We especially encourage submissions from advanced graduate students and junior faculty. Travel to and accommodation at Airlie will be provided to those selected.

Please send an abstract and a CV to nsri@mit.edu by December 1, 2014. Decisions will be announced in January 2015.