Katlyn Turner is a postdoctoral fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She earned a doctorate in geological sciences from Stanford University, where her dissertation examined the atomic structures of nuclear materials in extreme pressure environments. She currently focuses on nuclear proliferation risk, current and emerging nuclear–fuel cycle technologies, and issues related to nuclear waste management.
If we had the technology to detect nuclear materials remotely it could help deter smuggling and make it easier to monitor international nuclear agreements. Several recent breakthroughs, if followed up with continued research and funding, could deliver on this promise.
Outspoken critics of the Iran nuclear deal maintain a selective focus on the agreement’s sunset provisions, losing sight of the tremendous restrictions that will constrain Tehran’s nuclear program for many years to come.