The 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference took place March 23 and 24, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
The conference brought together over 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations to discuss emerging trends in nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, deterrence, and nuclear energy.
Toby Dalton and Bill Burns delivered opening remarks.
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz gave a keynote address.
Peter Lavoy interviewed Lieutenant General Khalid Kidwai, advisor to Pakistan’s National Command Authority.
What kind of commitments do U.S. allies want? What practical steps do they believe would help to address perceived threats? And to what extent should these commitments and steps involve U.S. nuclear weapons as opposed to conventional or non-military capabilities?
A conversation between Natalie Nougayrède and his Excellency Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Following a series of nuclear-weapon handling mistakes and personnel problems, senior U.S. officials have acknowledged that the United States has lost focus on the nuclear mission. How is the Department of Defense planning to solve them?
What commitments should the United States be prepared to offer? What practical steps should be taken to help address perceived threats? How central should U.S. nuclear weapons, as opposed to conventional or non-military capabilities, be in extended deterrence planning?
The 2015 NPT Review Conference promises to be highly contentious with a number of unresolved issues, including Russia’s violation of the Budapest Memorandum. How are these issues likely to play out in New York when the Review Conference convenes in April 2015 and what is the probable outcome?
What are the challenges in ensuring credible regulation? How important is independence and how should it be achieved? Are there risks that too much regulation could strangle the development of new technologies? And how can public confidence in nuclear power be improved?
What is standing in the way of ratification of the CTBT by states in the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere? How robust is the international monitoring system? Can the United States and others maintain the reliability of their arsenals under the CTBT? What is next for the global nuclear test ban?
The Nunn-Lugar Award was established in 2012 in honor of U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, who were also the award's first recipients.
How should China's neighbors respond to Beijing’s rise? Which sources of tension could potentially escalate to direct confrontation and consequently are most in need of active management? What opportunities are there to build trust?
China is slowly modernizing its nuclear arsenal. What strategic end-state is China seeking? And what do these developments mean for stability in the region?
What is the future for the INF Treaty and other existing bilateral security agreements? Are there any opportunities for moving the U.S.-Russia arms control agenda forward in the next two years?
From its announcement in 2005 to today, the U.S.-India civil nuclear deal has been controversial. A decade after the fact, how should we assess the impact of the deal?
The Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award is presented to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the nongovernmental nuclear policy community.
What are the causes of the political tensions surrounding the development and application of IAEA safeguards? What steps should members states take to mitigate political tensions? And what steps should the agency take in order to strengthen global confidence in the safeguards system?
What implications does the multinationalization of nuclear industry have for bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements? Should suppliers agree to use such agreements to establish minimum international standards for nuclear energy cooperation?
Do nuclear weapon states fail to appreciate the consequences of nuclear use? What implications do these consequences have for policy? Are there circumstances under which the use of nuclear weapons could still be consistent with both international law and morality in spite of the consequences?
Audience members answered a series of yes/no questions about future events. The results were discussed by a panel of experts, who compared the audience’s answers to their own.
Is there an intersection between what negotiators can agree and what domestic politics in Tehran and Washington can bear? If a comprehensive agreement is possible, can it be insulated against future political shocks and with incentives for compliance by all sides?
The Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program is an internationally acclaimed source of expertise and policy thinking on nuclear industry, nonproliferation, security, and disarmament. Its multinational staff stays at the forefront of nuclear policy issues in the United States, Russia, China, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.
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