The 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference focused on new actors and new agendas, reflecting the dynamism of the global nuclear order and the need to develop cooperative responses to challenges being posed by changing technology, distributions of political power, interest in nuclear energy, and security conditions in key regions. The conference explored the motivations and interests that shape the positions that emerging major powers from the developing world are taking regarding the core bargains of the nonproliferation regime. The 2011 conference also gave more prominent treatment to the responsibility of private industry in making nuclear technology safer and more secure.
Featuring new perspectives and new voices from around the globe, the conference attracted over 800 participants from more than 43 countries—including high-ranking government officials, policy and technical experts, industry leaders, academics, and journalists.
The 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference is made possible through the generous support of our funders. We would also like to thank the Nuclear Threat Initiative for sponsoring the closing reception. This year,
Ambassador Celso Amorim explores how the nuclear nonproliferation regime fits into the broader dynamic of international relations.
Is the Japan nuclear disaster site-specific or does it have broader implications for the credibility and viability of nuclear energy worldwide?
The spread of nuclear power to new states highlights the importance of corporate responsibility within the nuclear industry in facilitating adherence to global standards of nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation.
The Iran case shows how lacunae in nonproliferation rules regarding the definition of peaceful uses of atomic energy and the fulfillment of peaceful nuclear cooperation can complicate efforts to enforce compliance in a rule-based system.
What are the prospects for Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty ratification in the United States and other countries required for the treaty to enter into force?
How should the International Atomic Energy Agency manage the growing safeguards workload?
Do the United States and Russia have unique deterrence requirements, or can other nuclear-armed sates provide a model for them?
What fuel cycle technologies will dominate the commercial nuclear world a generation from now?
India and Pakistan nearly went to war in 2001-2002 and faced another crisis after the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. What steps can be taken to prevent nuclear escalation in South Asia?
The United States needs realistic policies to confront 21st century threats, potentially including maintaining the stability of a strong nuclear deterrent.
Many observers feel that the nuclear order is breaking down or failing to keep up with technological developments and the emergence of new powers. What alternatives are there for strengthening nuclear governance?
Should the U.S. impose limitations on fuel cycle activities when negotiating new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements?
The U.S., Russia, and China drive each other’s nuclear requirements. China and Pakistan drive India’s nuclear requirements, and India’s capabilities, now augmented by U.S. and other foreign assistance, play back on Pakistan and China.
What steps, and by which actors, are necessary to enable a successful conference on the establishment of a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone?
In the 20th century, extended deterrence helped prevent proliferation, but in the 21st century, will it impede nonproliferation and disarmament?
The Nuclear Suppliers Group, the world's most comprehensive nuclear trade rule-making organization, faces a number of challenging decisions.
Western media reporting often obscures a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of Pakistani society and the factors which are likely to shape a positive and stable future for the country.
U.S. and Russian officials with responsibility for arms control discuss what is next on the arms control agenda and how the administrations in Moscow and Washington intend to pursue progress toward disarmament.
Where is the Obama administration's nuclear agenda two years after the Prague speech, one year after the Washington Nuclear Security Summit, and after the challenging ratification of the New START Treaty?
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