Zia Mian

Articles by Zia Mian

1 January 2015

In this essay, adapted from his 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award Lecture, Zia Mian, from Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, argues that the ideas Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and other scientists struggled hard over the decades to teach the world have now become widely

24 September 2013

Transparency: The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons?

Henrik SalanderArend J. MeerburgMiguel Marín BoschPaul MeyerZia Mian

If nuclear weapon states report openly on their arsenals, it could smooth the path to disarmament.

27 June 2011

Managing nuclear spent fuel: Policy lessons from a 10-country study

Harold FeivesonZia MianM. V. RamanaFrank von Hippel

The International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) is in the process of finalizing an analysis of the policy and technical challenges faced internationally over the past five decades by efforts at long-term storage and disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors. These challenges have so far prevented the licensing of a geological spent fuel repository anywhere in the world.

27 September 2010

Charting a path toward eliminating nuclear weapons

Zia Mian

The recognition of the need for nuclear disarmament and the question of how to achieve it are as old as the nuclear age. In June 1945, before the first nuclear weapon had been built, in what became known as the Franck Report, a group of scientists working on the U.S. atomic bomb program warned that:

1 May 2010
Since the dawn of the nuclear age, nuclear energy advocates have dreamed of a reactor that could produce more fuel than it used. More than 60 years and $100 billion later, that vision remains as far from reality as ever.
1 November 2009
Seminal texts that cover the merits, costs, and risks of nuclear power and also explore sustainable non-nuclear energy options.
1 January 2009
Civilian and military stockpiles of materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons continue to pose global risks.
1 September 2008
Early expansion of nuclear energy resulted in dangerous dispersal of fissile material and weapons proliferation–threats that persist today. Is it possible to prevent history from repeating itself?
18 November 2007

A review of Nuclear Black Markets: Pakistan, A. Q. Khan, and the Rise of Proliferation Networks

Zia Mian

Proliferation watchers have kept track of A. Q. Khan's activities for about 30 years. In 1979, the Washington Post named him as the Pakistani engineer who had left his position at the uranium enrichment centrifuge facility at Almelo, Netherlands, four years earlier with "lists of subcontractors and probably blueprints for the plant." Khan then returned to Pakistan, where he soon became director of the country's secret uranium enrichment project at Kahuta, near Islamabad, and a key player in its nuclear weapons program.

1 July 2007
If the world is to avoid living under the nuclear shadow, nuclear weapons designing skills must wither and die.