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Time to Strengthen the IAEA
Ernesto Zedollo - Former President of Mexico - 8/18/2008
G8 leaders meeting in Japan during the second week of July noted that a growing number of countries look to launch peaceful nuclear power programs. The leaders stressed the importance, as the nuclear club expands, of ensuring the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety and security of nuclear facilities. Yet the organization responsible for maintaining the global nuclear order – the International Atomic Energy Agency – despite being a remarkable institution for its achievements throughout its half a century existence, is struggling to do its job because of a chronic lack of resources.
A Closer look at the Worldwide Nuclear Weapons Program and Security Threats
Saberi Roy - 3/31/2008
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has provided a historical overview of the countries that already have or seek to have nuclear weapons. The countries noted are the five nuclear weapons states – United States, Russia (after former USSR), United Kingdom, France, and China. Other countries with ongoing nuclear weapons program are India, Pakistan, and Israel. North Korea, Iraq and Iran are or were suspected of actively seeking nuclear weapons capabilities and some of the ‘fringe’ countries so to speak which may develop nuclear weapons or have raised some suspicion includ...
Time to Bury a Dangerous Legacy, Part II
Jonathan Schell - 3/25/2008
Policymakers often debate the possibility of getting rid of nuclear weapons and, if so, how. But behind that question lies a more fundamental one: Do we in fact want to be in a world without nuclear weapons? That is, Can we concretely picture a world without nuclear weapons as a place to abide in, for the long haul?
Nukes: Time to Bury a Dangerous Legacy, Part I
Graham Allison - 3/16/2008
The detonation of a nuclear weapon – intentionally or not, by state powers or terrorists – will produce no winners. The very real danger that terrorists could unleash a nuclear weapon in major cities adds new urgency to dealing with the gathering threat. This article explores the consequences of nuclear Armageddon and explains why immediate plans to eliminate all nuclear weaponry are in the global interest. Securing some kind of nuclear weapon is a known goal for terrorists, and an attempted nuclear terrorist attack is likely in the next decade, explains Graham Allison, director of the Belfer ...
Nuclear Proliferation — Options In A Perfect Storm
David J. Jonsson - 11/7/2006
Nuclear proliferation is once again at the top of the U.S. national security agenda; spurred by the progress of weapons programs in North Korea and as the Iranian government announced last week a doubling of its uranium enrichment program. The chief of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, praised “the fasting people taking part in the rally [who] are chanting slogans such as ‘death to America’ and ‘death to Israel.’” His speech was on Quds Day, an Iranian holiday introduced by Ayatollah Khomeini that is marked on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Surviving on Nuclear Waste: Kazakhstan, Russia and Other Nuclear Waste Importers
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/18/2005
On May 11, 2005, Romania will host a two-day exercise simulating a nuclear accident. It will be conducted at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant. But the real radiological emergency is already at hand and unfolding. Nuclear waste is both an environmental problem and an economic solution in the countries of east Europe and central Asia. Kazakhstan announced in November 2002 that it plans to import other countries' nuclear waste - and get paid for its shoddy disposal-by-burial, contrary to international conventions.
IAEA and Nuclear Prolifiration
Angelique van Engelen - 4/7/2005
Nuclear specialists believe that the urgency of the nuclear risks, even though they are almost daily headlines now, are still not taken as seriously as it should be. Reports from some important international conferences have highlighted agreement on this issue by high profile decision-makers. This is an indication that the world is beginning to wake up to the idea that any future 'this could have been foreseen' post-catastrophy scenario very likely includes a nuclear event.
Iran-EU Negotiations on Nuclear Weapons Fit Wider Context
Angelique van Engelen - 3/12/2005
Well into its 18th year, Iran's nuclear weapons program is beginning to pose considerable tension internationally. Current US-endorsed talks between Iran and the European Union are almost certainly doomed.