Siegfried Hecker

Siegfried S. Hecker

Articles by Siegfried S. Hecker

2 September 2016

Stanford expert Siegfried Hecker proposes a series of nuclear weapons and energy questions that journalists and citizens should consider asking the 2016 presidential candidates.

18 January 2016
AmericasMiddle East

For Iran, a nuclear option more trouble than it was worth

Siegfried S. Hecker

Iran went from steady pursuit of the Bomb in the mid-2000s to a more conciliatory stance by 2013. An American nuclear scientist in touch with Iran’s scientists and officials over the years examines Tehran’s motivations.

7 January 2015

The real threat from North Korea is the nuclear arsenal built over the last decade

Siegfried S. Hecker

The brouhaha surrounding The Interview distracts from a deadly menace to millions that America failed to stop.

1 January 2015

Merely for working in their field of expertise, Iranian nuclear scientists face perils and pressures that are nothing less than Shakespearean.

29 May 2014

Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security

Siegfried S. HeckerPeter E. Davis

Washington-Moscow relations may be strained over Ukraine, but the countries must still work together

19 February 2014
AsiaMiddle East

South Korea’s model nuclear energy program

Peter E. Davis Siegfried S. Hecker

Iran and other countries have much to learn from Seoul.

21 January 2014
Middle East

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

Siegfried S. HeckerAbbas Milani

Why Iran should follow the South Korean model of nuclear development, reaping enormous economic benefits by eschewing the uranium enrichment that worries the world

17 October 2013

North Korea reactor restart sets back denuclearization

Siegfried S. Hecker

Pyongyang has strengthened its bargaining position in any future negotiations.

6 August 2012

Contemplating a third nuclear test in North Korea

Frank V. PabianSiegfried S. Hecker

Shortly after its failed April 13 rocket launch, North Korea was widely expected to conduct its third underground nuclear test. Such a test would have fit the pattern of the first two nuclear tests, both of which followed failed rocket launches and international condemnation. And Pyongyang has compelling technical, military, and political reasons to conduct a third nuclear test that would demonstrate it can miniaturize nuclear warheads to fit on a missile, making its nuclear arsenal more threatening.

6 January 2012

North Korea from 30,000 feet

Niko MilonopoulosSiegfried S. HeckerRobert Carlin

The first publicly available overhead imagery that suggested North Korea was constructing a new nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon complex appeared on November 4, 2010. Charles L. Pritchard, a former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea and the president of the Korea Economic Institute, along with a delegation from the institute provided the first confirmation of this construction after a visit to Yongbyon that week.