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Why countries still must prioritize action to curb nuclear terrorism

When a Superman-shaped drone crashed into a French nuclear plant on July 3 officials were lucky it was just Greenpeace demonstrating vulnerabilities at the facility, and not a terrorist group intent on attacking the site.

A security system commensurate with the risk of nuclear terrorism

A hot mic shouldn't overshadow a dirty bomb. The Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul ended recently with two dominant story lines: President Obama's "hot mic" comments to Russian President Medvedev and the 53 participating governments congratulating themselves on the summit's outcomes. Both miss the key strategic problem that the Seoul Summit did not address: the need to unify the current patchwork, largely voluntary approach to nuclear security that is not commensurate with the risk or consequences of nuclear terrorism.

New online course from The William J. Perry Project: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

  Announcing a new free online course from The William J. Perry Project: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism. In this custom-designed MOOC, former Secretary of Defense William Perry brings together internationally-renowned experts, scientists, political activists and scholars to address the critical, and often poorly understood, dangers of nuclear terrorism. This new course launches October 17th—you … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 2/8/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Donald Trump’s stance on Iran nuclear deal could mean trouble ahead United States Monroe: Trump should undo Obama’s disastrous nuclear policies Alexander Gillespie: Nuclear winter just a GOP-skipping Trump away International How to really deal with the North … Continued

What if nuclear weapons are used?

The world relies too much on the indefinite continuation of the post-1945 taboo on military use of nuclear weapons.

A complex nuclear situation, in a complicated world

The text of an address given at the Asahi Shimbun Symposium in Nagasaki, Japan, late in July.

Whither the anti-terrorism budget?

Nuclear terrorism is the ultimate preventable catastrophe. If highly enriched uranium and plutonium are adequately secured or eliminated, they cannot be stolen for use in a nuclear device. In 2011, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted that "poorly secured stocks of [chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials] provide potential source material for terror attacks." Osama bin Laden may be dead, but the threat of nuclear terrorism remains.

2012 Nuclear Security Summit: What it was and wasn’t

This week, world leaders descended on Seoul, South Korea, for the second global Nuclear Security Summit -- a project that started with President Obama's call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years (by the end of 2013). Unfortunately, most of these world leaders did not storm the gates of the summit ready to fight for that deadline. Many walked into a meeting already overshadowed by various domestic agendas and geopolitics, putting a damper on the real purpose of the gathering.

Nuclear Roundup: 5/15/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. Iran Iranian Foreign Minister visits Russia and China to try to save nuclear deal With few options, Iran, Europe try to save nuclear deal EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions We have no Iran policy By ending the Iran deal, Trump … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 4/27/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Tangled in Obama’s Iran nuclear trap What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal Scuttle the Iran Nuke Deal? That Approach Didn’t Stop North Korea United States Two to Tango with Nuclear Weapons Here’s what … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/05/16

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Kaine: IDF chief agrees Iran deal stopped nuclear program United States NNSA Head: ‘All Bets Are Off’ for Warhead Modernization Under Sequestration Meet a Machine: RPMs keep watch 24/7 to strengthen global nuclear security South Carolina Nuclear Fuel … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 4/7/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Subcommittee Weighs Iran’s Nuclear Threat House Hearing: ASSESSING THE IRAN DEAL United States Senate Hearing: United States Southern Command and United States Northern Command Future of DOE heavy water supply still uncertain International Tillerson to Chair UN Meeting … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 4/6/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. United States Trump picks Bush veteran to be Rick Perry’s deputy Detecting Nuclear Threats, Rogue Ships and Bad Actors A Chinese-owned Westinghouse? Washington is worried Breakthrough Next-Gen NIF Optics Boost Energy and Limit Damage International The North Korean nuclear threat keeps … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 10/10/16

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Small failures in JCPOA implementation can create big issues: IAEA chief United States Wayne Brasure Nominated as Full-Time Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Chief at DHS A recipe for wasteful spending: South Carolina Pork with Russian Dressing Demolition of … Continued

When meetings aren’t enough

Holding another Nuclear Security Summit is a good idea, but leaders must go further.

The oversight imperative

The prevention of nuclear terrorism, one of the foremost international security threats that we face today, relies on separate national regulations with little oversight. There are few international checks and balances on the physical protection of the treacherous material, which could be used to create nuclear devices by terrorists, aside from bilateral agreements and individual treaties formed at the will of individual states. This lack of binding guidelines and international oversight of nuclear security is inadequate for today's nuclear risks.

Nuclear Roundup: 3/24/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Senators agree on Iran sanctions measure United States Ernest J. Moniz Named New CEO of NTI MOX contractor pens response to NNSA criticism Letter: Directing money to defense spending unwise Battle against Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is … Continued
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A terribly interesting year in nuclear weapons

The year now concluding was full of interesting and unpredictable news regarding nuclear weapons and their accoutrements; the year was, therefore, also continuously, enormously threatening to humanity.  

Looking for answers

Tens of thousands of people came to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ website over the last week, looking for answers on what a new Trump administration means for the health and safety of our planet. As Bulletin editor John Mecklin writes, Donald Trump’s positions on serious questions have often ricocheted from side to side: … Continued