Arms Control and Regional Security Oral History Project

December 7, 2022
Hanna Notte and Chen Zak Kane

On December 6, 2022, VCDNP Senior Research Associate, Dr. Hanna Notte and CNS Director of the Middle East Nonproliferation Program, Dr. Chen Zak Kane launched the Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS) Oral History Project – the culmination of a multi-year partnership between The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Online video chat of four participants

Dr. Chen Zak Kane (upper left) and Dr. Hanna Notte (lower left) with Dr. Christian Ostermann (upper right) and Ambassador Adam Scheinman

Dr. Notte and Dr. Kane conducted and compiled dozens of oral history interviews with diplomats and officials who participated in the ACRS multilateral meetings in the early 1990s, following on the heels of the Madrid Conference of 1991. Transcripts of these oral history interviews, the transcript of a critical oral history roundtable on ACRS (convened in November 2021), and previously-unpublished documents on ACRS from US Presidential archives and private collections of American diplomats, are all freely available in a new digital archive,  ACRS Oral History Project, hosted on the Wilson Center’s website.

Findings from the interviews and the roundtable were also distilled into a research study on ACRS.

The launch event on December 6, moderated by Dr. Christian Ostermann (Wilson Center), featured a presentation of findings on ACRS by Dr. Notte and Dr. Kane. Ambassador Adam Scheinman (Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) offered some keynote remarks on the relevance of ACRS for advancing Middle East regional security today. View the recording of the event.

The project was made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

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