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Tais an assistant to Vietnam's deputy prime minister and an associate professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He earned his doctorate in political science in 2002 from the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was a fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Asia-Pacific, an initiative of the Council for Security Cooperation. His research interests include Vietnam's politics and foreign policy, US foreign policy, nonproliferation, and nuclear energy.
The author argues that international fuel bank initiatives can succeed as long as all parties approach the project in a spirit of fairness and transparency, with no political bargaining going on behind the scenes.
The author that when developing countries decide whether to construct their own enrichment facilities, or instead to purchase low-enriched uranium on the open market and depend on the IAEA fuel banks as a backstop, they will do so on the basis of national interest.
Among the fundamental challenges facing the nonproliferation project is that highly enriched uranium suitable for nuclear weapons can be produced in the same facilities that make low-enriched uranium for civilian reactors.