Posted on Tuesday 19th June 2012
In March 2012, as part of the research on Trust Building in Nuclear Worlds, the researchers on the project conducted, in partnership with the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Brazil, a Critical Oral History workshop on the origins of Argentina-Brazil nuclear cooperation. Together with other evidence collected over the duration of the project, the exercise has made important contributions toward a new understanding of this important case. Concisely put, the evidence now shows that this relationship did not constitute a nuclear rivalry that was transformed into cooperation, as the existing literature deems it to have been, but instead would be better characterized as a case of a political rivalry that never developed into a nuclear rivalry in the first place. The reasons for this were multifarious, but included, crucially, the personalities of key-figures and inter-personal relationships between scientists and bureaucrats in the two countries' nuclear establishments. The full transcripts will shortly be available for researchers and the video for the meetings will become a short documentary film about the development of the Argentina-Brazil nuclear relationship and the Critical Oral History methodology.