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Beyond the Politics of 123

Seoul and Washington should devise an effective communications strategy, writes Duyeon Kim.

Iran Nuclear Talks

As the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran looms, Carnegie's experts weigh in on the negotiations between the P5+1 and Tehran.

 

Brazil's Nuclear Kaleidoscope

Little attention is paid to Brazilian voices on the country's nuclear policy, writes Togzhan Kassenova.

 

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China's Nuclear Future

Listen to Tong Zhao, Mark Hibbs, and Li Ning discuss China's nuclear future. 

War and Peace

The hoped-for peace process could turn to war, write George Perkovich and Toby Dalton

 
  • Article
    Beyond the Politics of the U.S.–South Korea 123 Agreement
    Duyeon Kim October 29, 2014

    A political solution to Washington and Seoul’s disagreements over their nuclear cooperation agreement should be accompanied by an effective communications strategy.

     
  • Article
    Where Would Marina Silva Take Brazil’s Nuclear Policy?
    Togzhan Kassenova October 2, 2014

    Brazil has one of the most advanced nuclear programs in Latin America, but presidential hopeful Marina Silva’s stance on nuclear energy and diplomacy is far from clear.

     
  • Other Publications
    Kazakhstan and the Global Nuclear Order
    Togzhan Kassenova September 29, 2014 Central Asian Affairs

    Kazakhstan’s advanced nuclear industry and active foreign nuclear policy make it a significant player on the global nuclear scene.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Why Do We Need 'Hypersonic' Strike Weapons, Exactly?
    James M. Acton September 17, 2014 Defense One

    It’s hard to dispute the notion that before spending billions of dollars on a new weapon, the Pentagon ought to be able to explain what it’s for. So it’s surprising how often this rule isn’t followed. Take the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Crashing Glider, Hidden Hotspring
    James M. Acton, Catherine Dill, Jeffrey Lewis September 4, 2014 Arms Control Wonk Русский

    On August 7, China conducted a test of a hypersonic weapon. Open-source information about what happened that day in a remote part of Inner Mongolia allows for a few observations.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Leadership Needed to Solve India-Pakistan Conflict
    Toby Dalton August 29, 2014 Diplomat

    It is the job of heads of government to build political coalitions in favor of reconciliation and to lead their nations through the inevitable setbacks and violent opposition that are likely to befall a peace process before it succeeds.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Zero: The Correct Goal? Major Problems with Minimum Deterrence
    Li Bin August 21, 2014 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

    The difficulties with definitions and verification provide further evidence that minimum deterrence cannot be a workable long-term solution to the problem of nuclear weapons.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How to Respond to Russia’s INF Treaty Violation
    James M. Acton August 6, 2014 National Interest Русский

    Some are calling for the Obama administration to retaliate by backing out of this or other arms-control treaties. There are better options.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Senators and South Africa
    Mark Hibbs July 31, 2014 Arms Control Wonk

    During a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear diplomacy with Iran, speakers made several references to South Africa’s nuclear past and what it means for the six powers trying to negotiate a verification agreement with the Islamic Republic.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Revisiting Enrichment for Bushehr
    Mark Hibbs July 12, 2014 Arms Control Wonk

    Iran can enrich uranium to its heart’s content, but without Russian cooperation that won’t translate into fuel supply security for Bushehr.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How to Resolve the Iran Impasse
    George Perkovich July 11, 2014 Washington Post

    If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iran’s Russia Problem
    Mark Hibbs July 7, 2014 Iran Fact File

    While an Iran with nuclear weapons would be a serious incalculable factor for Moscow to have to deal with on its southern flank, it’s also likely that Moscow sees the nuclear threat posed by Iran as less dramatic than the United States and the EU powers do.

     
  • 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
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Acton is co-director of 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
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Dalton is the co-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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  • Duyeon Kim
    Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Kim is an expert on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, and Asia.

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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 for International Peace.

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  • William Norris
    Associate and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program

    William Norris is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow and an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. His research focuses on risks of nuclear escalation, U.S.-China relations, and regional strategic dynamics in East Asia.

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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, nuclear policy, and the security and economic aspects of transatlantic relations.

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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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  • Tong Zhao
    Associate
    Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

    Tong Zhao is an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

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