HCSS Nuclear Timeline

January 29th 2014 - 12:00

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is proud to present the first ever three-dimensional Nuclear Timeline. In the run-up to the Nuclear Security Summit which will be held on March 24-25 in The Hague, this historical overview provides policymakers, researchers, and the general public with an easy and attractive tool that renders the dazzling history of nuclear developments comprehensible. Comprising almost 200 events, the timeline traces the long legacy of nuclear security threats and policies. It covers scientific and technological breakthroughs, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the emergence of non-proliferation efforts, (near)disasters, and the advent of nuclear security initiatives to confront the growing threat of smuggling rings, and terrorist groups. It contains links to Treaty texts, relevant websites, illustrations and videos.

The timeline has been a collaborative effort led by the HCSS. We are heavily indebted to researchers from the Harvard Belfer Center, the Partnership for Global Security, and Delft Technical University. A timeline with such a broad scope is never fully finished. We urge users to share with us any suggestions they may have for further improvement. More information is available on the HCSS website and the website of the Nuclear Security Summit.


Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.