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Looking Back at Brazil's Boreholes

Many people living in the northern hemisphere might be surprised to learn that Brazilians don't agree about what we had been told decades ago was an open and shut case, writes Mark Hibbs.

Brazil's Nuclear Kaleidoscope

Remarkably little attention is paid to Brazilian voices on the country's nuclear policy, writes Togzhan Kassenova in her new report Brazil's Nuclear Kaleidoscope: An Evolving Identity.

Hypersonic Weapons

James Acton, Michael Swaine, Phillip Saunders, and Lora Saalman discuss China's hypersonic weapons development.

Nuclear Zero After Crimea

Will history remember President Obama's Prague speech as tragic, farcical, or prophetic? 

 


Perkovich | Prague Speech Anniversary

 

Arms Control and Politics

The past three presidents have all seen at least one of their arms control nominees rejected or stalled by the Senate, writes Kristine Bergstrom.

 
  • Op-Ed
    Three Messages From the IAEA's Board of Governors
    Mark Hibbs September 14, 2012 Arms Control Wonk

    There were three messages sent by the IAEA's Board of Governors' Iran resolution on Thursday. Two messages were for Iran and the other was a message to Israel.

     
  • Proliferation Analysis
    Championing Nuclear Security
    David Santoro September 10, 2012

    So far, the promotion of nuclear security has been conducted mostly through a top-down approach, but it is best achieved through a bottom-up approach by creating nuclear security champions.

     
  • Proliferation Analysis
    China and the New U.S. Missile Defense in East Asia
    Li Bin September 6, 2012 中文

    U.S. radar sites proposed for East Asia—and ostensibly directed at North Korea—underscore the need for a constructive China-U.S. dialogue on conventional military issues.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Report Card
    Mark Hibbs September 1, 2012 Foreign Policy

    The recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency makes it clear that Iran continues to enrich uranium in violation of Security Council resolutions, and it continues to obstruct the IAEA investigation mandated by those resolutions.

     
  • Proliferation Analysis
    China's Evolution on Ballistic Missile Defense
    Lora Saalman August 23, 2012

    It is important that Washington and Moscow take steps toward compromising on ballistic missile defense cooperation now as a foundation for effective engagement with Beijing in the future.

     
  • Other Publications
    Drowning Stability: The Perils of Naval Nuclearization and Brinkmanship in the Indian Ocean
    Iskander Rehman August 21, 2012 Naval War College Review

    Since 1998, the evolution of nuclear postures and arsenals in both New Delhi and Islamabad no longer appears to evoke the same degree of international concern, or even interest.

     
  • Op-Ed
    IAEA Inspectors' Risk in Iran
    Mark Hibbs August 20, 2012 Arms Control Wonk

    An Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear installations could put international nuclear inspectors at risk and would likely put the International Atomic Energy Agency in a tricky diplomatic situation.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Taiwan and the 'Gold Standard'
    Mark Hibbs July 23, 2012 Arms Control Wonk

    Taiwan's resolve not to enrich or reprocess has nothing to do with the "gold standard" and nearly everything to do with U.S. leverage over Taiwan's security arrangements.

     
  • Proliferation Analysis
    Assessing UN Trade Sanctions on North Korea
    Mark Hibbs July 3, 2012 中文

    The UN Security Council report published last week documents North Korea's efforts in setting up a large-scale uranium enrichment plant after sanctions were first imposed five years ago.

     
  • Other Publications
    Transparency and Strategic Stability
    James M. Acton June 21, 2012 Russia and the Dilemmas of Nuclear Disarmament

    In contemporary discussions about nuclear disarmament, few pause to ask why–and indeed whether–transparency is desirable.

     
  • Article
    A Nuclear Deal Helps Human Rights in Iran
    George Perkovich June 14, 2012

    A nuclear deal with Tehran that affirms Iran’s right to an exclusively peaceful nuclear program can create more hospitable conditions for Iranians to secure democracy and human rights.

     
  • Proliferation Analysis
    Nuclear Suppliers Group: Don't Rush New Membership
    Mark Hibbs, Toby Dalton June 14, 2012

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group should take time to consider the implications of India's possible membership before deciding.

     
  • Testimony
    Evidence to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future
    James M. Acton October 12, 2010

    Nuclear proliferation is a political problem and the key to assessing proliferation risks is political judgment.

     
  • Testimony
    Revisiting the Role of Nuclear Weapons
    James M. Acton August 25, 2010 Remarks at 22nd United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues

    U.S. nuclear strategy would have to change in order to enable deep reductions in nuclear weapon numbers and U.S. allies have a role in facilitating such a change.

     
  • Testimony
    Obama's Nuclear Agenda: Is Full Disarmament Possible?
    George Perkovich April 29, 2010 Pacific Council Teleconference

    The Obama administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review reduces the role and number of U.S. nuclear weapons, identifies nuclear terrorism as the principal threat to the United States, and works to maintain a stable strategic relationship with China.

     
  • Testimony
    Iranian Political and Nuclear Realities and U.S. Policy Options
    Karim Sadjadpour March 3, 2009 Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    U.S. policy options toward Iran lie in engaging Iran on issues of common interest, focusing communication on the office of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and presenting a united international approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

     
  • Testimony
    Saving the NPT and the Nonproliferation Regime in an Era of Nuclear Renaissance
    Pierre Goldschmidt July 24, 2008 Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism

    A revival of nuclear energy worldwide appears to be looming, but it will not take place overnight and now is the time to ensure that future nuclear expansion is as safe and secure as possible, said Pierre Goldschmidt, in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

     
  • Testimony
    Nuclear Power in a Warming World: Solution or Illusion?
    Sharon Squassoni March 12, 2008

    Nuclear energy cannot make a real difference to global climate change. To do so would require a tripling of capacity — building 25 reactors per year to 2050 — a rate of expansion that can't be met by the current infrastructure. As it is, nuclear energy, hampered by a moribund supply chain, will have to grow rapidly to maintain its current market share as demand for electricity doubles by 2030.

     
  • Testimony
    Iran: Reality, Opinions, and Consequences
    Karim Sadjadpour October 30, 2007 Testimony before the House Oversight Committee's National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee عربي

    The United States must alter its democracy promotion strategy, which has been unconstructive and counterproductive, and make clear that it has no intention of undermining Iran's territorial integrity. A move away from democracy promotion, however, should not signal indifference to human rights abuses.

     
  • Testimony
    Verifying Iran's Nuclear Program: Is the International Community Up To the Task?
    Pierre Goldschmidt October 30, 2007 Lamont Lecture at the Belfer Center

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) faces a critical test this November when it will issue its latest report on Iran's nuclear activities. A condemning report by the IAEA could prompt Iran to end all cooperation with the IAEA. Yet a falsely reassuring report could damage the credibility of the nonproliferation regime.

     
  • Testimony
    Six Years Later: Assessing Long-Term Threats, Risks and the U.S. Strategy for Security in a Post-9/11 World
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews October 10, 2007 Testimony before the House Oversight Committee's National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee

    The Iraq war will be the turning point that changes the basic parameters of our security picture for decades. The war's monopoly on our political energy, which has now stretched to five years -- an eon in a time of fast-moving global change -- is one of its greatest uncounted costs.

     
  • Testimony
    International Perspectives on Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime
    Pierre Goldschmidt June 27, 2007 Testimony by Pierre Goldschmidt before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs

    There are three priorities for strengthening the nonproliferation regime and combating nuclear proliferation: ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, addressing cases of non-compliance, and dissuading withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

     
  • Testimony
    International Perspectives on Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime
    George Perkovich June 27, 2007 Testimony by George Perkovich before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affars

    The international community must adopt and enforce three new, stronger nonproliferation rules: 1) Limit the spread of fissile material production capabilities; 2) States not in compliance with NPT obligations may not withdraw from the NPT without penalty; and 3) Agreement that states will provide nuclear cooperation to others only if the recipient is implementing the IAEA additional protocol.

     
  • Testimony
    Speech given at the First Annual Nuclear Fuel Cycle Monitor Global Nuclear Renaissance Summit
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews December 5, 2006 Global Nuclear Renaissance Summit

    Without a viable, effective nonproliferation regime, nuclear energy will neither be accepted publicly, nor would it be a wise choice.

     

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Carnegie Experts on Nuclear Policy

  • James M. Acton
    Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Acton is a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. A physicist by training, Acton specializes in nonproliferation, deterrence, and disarmament.

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  • Alexei Arbatov
    Scholar in Residence
    Nonproliferation Program
    Moscow Center

    Arbatov, a former member of the State Duma, is the author of a number of books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, and Russian military reform.

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  • Shahram Chubin
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Chubin, who is based in Geneva, focuses his research on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. He was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009.

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  • Toby Dalton
    Deputy Director
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Dalton is the deputy director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his research focuses on cooperative nuclear security initiatives and the management of nuclear challenges in South Asia and East Asia.

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  • Pierre Goldschmidt
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Goldschmidt is a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment.

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  • Mark Hibbs
    Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Hibbs is a Berlin-based senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications, including Nucleonics Week and NuclearFuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

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  • Togzhan Kassenova
    Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Kassenova is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

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  • Tomoko Kurokawa
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Kurokawa is a nonresident scholar in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program.

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  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

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  • Li Bin
    Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program

    Li is a senior associate working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

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  • George Perkovich
    Vice President for Studies

    Perkovich’s research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.

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  • Paul Schulte
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie Europe

    Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and their political implications.

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  • Petr Topychkanov
    Associate
    Nonproliferation Program
    Moscow Center

    Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program.

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  • Sinan Ülgen
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, particularly with regard to Turkey’s regional stance and its role in nuclear, energy, and climate issues.

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  • Nicholas Wright
    Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Wright is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. His research draws on his background in neuroscience to explore political decisionmaking in economics and nuclear security.

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