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Why China should observe the Nuclear Security Summit pledge

Beijing has nothing to fear from IAEA security procedures or real-life, real-world tests of security at its nuclear sites.

Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security

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

Confronting twenty-first-century nuclear security realities

In the past six months, President Barack Obama has taken three major steps to protect the world from nuclear terrorism and advance the disarmament agenda. First, during his April speech in Prague, he outlined his arms control and nonproliferation objectives and announced a U.S.-led international effort to secure all of the world's vulnerable nuclear materials within four years.

The Nuclear Posture Review, now and later

The long-awaited report of the third Nuclear Posture Review is now scheduled for delivery to Congress on March 1. According to a recent New York Times article, the posture review will consider the prevention of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism to be equally as important as the nuclear deterrence mission.

Two treaties. One Congress. No time to wait.

While Washington, DC, is paralyzed by partisanship on most topics, there is one issue that commands overwhelming bipartisan agreement: the threat posed to US national security by nuclear terrorism.

Fukushima and the Seoul 2012 Nuclear Security Summit

In considering the implications of Fukushima for the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, many experts in the United States would probably argue that there are none -- their fundamental point being that it is a security summit, not a safety summit. However, it is undeniable that Japan's nuclear disaster has sounded alarm bells around the world. The words "nuclear reactor," "radiation," and "safety" have new resonance. Fear is inescapable.

Setback for WMD security

When the Group of Eight (G-8) last gathered in Canada in 2002, the summit meeting was an unarguable success for the future of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) security. The leaders launched a multilateral initiative, known as the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, and pledged $20 billion over 10 years to help Russia destroy their WMD stockpiles.

Strengthening nuclear security: The legal agenda

President Barack Obama's upcoming Nuclear Security Summit has the potential to become a defining moment for international security in the twenty-first century, especially after the recent release of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review. When he introduced this document, Obama said, "For the first time, preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism is at the top of America's nuclear agenda."

CSI comes to nuclear security

A call for more nations to have nuclear forensics libraries

To prevent nuclear war, borrow from 1973

A dusty US-Soviet agreement—little noticed when signed and largely forgotten since—has real potential amid today’s unpromising arms control environment to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

Jodi Lieberman’s Nuclear Roundup moves to the Bulletin

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is pleased to announce that Jodi Lieberman’s “Nuclear Roundup” is now a featured column on the Bulletin’s website. The Roundup is an indispensable daily listing of nuclear-related news and reports, delivered to your inbox. If you are a current subscriber to the Nuclear Roundup, your service will not be interrupted. … Continued

Debunking nuclear security hype on the eve of the Nuclear Security Summit

There is too much sensationalism in coverage of nuclear security, which threatens to undermine real efforts to make us safer.

Bringing Iran into the Nuclear Security Summit

If a nuclear deal is reached, the Nuclear Security Summit should add another seat at the table

This is the year for nuclear material security

A few weeks ago, an anti-nuclear group breached security fencing at the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium. Undetected, the group spent more than an hour on a military base where U.S. nuclear weapons are supposedly stored. Worse yet, they then uploaded to YouTube a video showing exactly how they exploited Kleine Brogel's security weaknesses. Replace peace activists with terrorists and the results could be devastating.

Obama’s nuclear legacy on the line

He’s made progress on Iran, but the rest of the president's nuclear agenda has stalled. 

For nuclear security, good intentions are not enough

At the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit, participants should define measurable long-term goals. 

How do you solve a problem like plutonium?

A five-point plan for making the world safer.

Global Fissile Material Report 2007: Summary findings

Almost two decades since the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia still retain stockpiles of about 10,000 nuclear weapons each and have committed only to reduce to about half that number by the end of 2012, when the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty comes into force. There are now seven other nuclear weapon states, including North Korea, which carried out its first nuclear test on October 9, 2006. Their arsenals range from a few simple warheads to several hundred high-yield thermonuclear weapons.
Anti-aircraft guns guarding Natanz nuclear facility. Credit: Hamed Saber. Image accessed via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 2.0.

Alleged sabotage at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility comes amid talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal

Iran’s Natanz underground uranium enrichment site—a key nuclear facility for the country—went dark on Sunday in what Iranian officials called an act of “nuclear terrorism” carried out by Israel, bringing a shadow conflict between Iran and Israel into sharper focus and threatening to derail renewed efforts by Iran and the United States to revive talks on the Iran nuclear deal.