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Nuclear Politics

James Schoff and Douglas Paal are joined by five North Korea experts to discuss nuclear politics on the Korean Peninsula.

Israel's Short-Range Missile Defense in Action

Listen to Uzi Rubin, James Acton, and George Perkovich discuss the impact of the Iron Dome on deterrence and stabilization.

Iran Nuclear Talks

Carnegie experts weigh in on the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran. 

 

Brazil's Nuclear Kaleidoscope

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

 

Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference

Registration opens September 15!

 
  • Event
    Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula
    Park Jin, Donald Manzullo, Choi Kang, Lee Chung-min, James L. Schoff, Troy Stangarone, Douglas H. Paal, Duyeon Kim July 28, 2014 Washington, DC

    The evolving security environment around the Korean Peninsula presents new challenges and opportunities for addressing the North Korean nuclear threat.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Nuclear-Weapons Dismantlement: Identifying a Hidden Warhead
    James M. Acton June 25, 2014 Nature

    A means of verifying that nuclear warheads to be dismantled are genuine items has been proposed that potentially reveals no information to an inspector about the design of the weapons.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The T-Word and Iran Negotiations
    Mark Hibbs June 9, 2014 Arms Control Wonk

    Transparency doesn’t factor into the IAEA’s routine work in Iran, which is mostly about monitoring and verifying the accounting of declared materials and activities. Instead, it’s a battleground in the IAEA’s efforts to arrive at a holistic picture of Iran’s nuclear history.

     
  • Other Publications
    The Enduring Relevance of the Cold War
    James M. Acton June 9, 2014 Rand Corporation

    The epithet “Cold War,” as applied to nuclear strategy, is almost never meant kindly. No part of the intellectual inheritance from the Cold War is more frequently maligned than the concept of strategic stability.

     
  • Other Publications
    Verghese Koithara’s “Managing India’s Nuclear Forces”
    George Perkovich June 6, 2014 Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice

    In the book “Managing India’s Nuclear Forces,” Verghese Koithara explores the real-life challenges of nuclear maturity with clinical insight and exemplary balance.

     
  • Article
    India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Stirrings of Change
    P. R. Chari June 4, 2014

    India’s nuclear doctrine has not been revisited for over a decade. Reasoned debate on the topic is overdue.

     
  • Other Publications
    International Verification and Intelligence
    James M. Acton June 4, 2014 Intelligence and National Security

    While intelligence sharing creates risks for both national intelligence agencies and international verification organizations, it is ultimately critical to the effective verification of arms control agreements.

     
  • Op-Ed
    India and Pakistan: A Thin Line Between War and Peace
    George Perkovich, Toby Dalton June 3, 2014 National Interest

    The challenge for Indians and Pakistanis—and for the U.S. government, which inevitably would be impelled to mediate a new conflict—is to take steps now to prevent major terrorist attacks on India and to prepare modalities to manage consequences if prevention fails.

     
  • Event
    Technology and Military Escalation in South Asia
    Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, Toby Dalton June 3, 2014 Washington, DC

    In recent years, India has gained unprecedented access to high-quality, sensitive military equipment from the West. But rather than focus on qualitative advances to its arsenal utilizing these technologies, Delhi continues to focus on quantitative improvements to its conventional forces.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Nuclear-Weapons Dismantlement: Identifying a Hidden Warhead
    James M. Acton June 25, 2014 Nature

    A means of verifying that nuclear warheads to be dismantled are genuine items has been proposed that potentially reveals no information to an inspector about the design of the weapons.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The T-Word and Iran Negotiations
    Mark Hibbs June 9, 2014 Arms Control Wonk

    Transparency doesn’t factor into the IAEA’s routine work in Iran, which is mostly about monitoring and verifying the accounting of declared materials and activities. Instead, it’s a battleground in the IAEA’s efforts to arrive at a holistic picture of Iran’s nuclear history.

     
  • Other Publications
    The Enduring Relevance of the Cold War
    James M. Acton June 9, 2014 Rand Corporation

    The epithet “Cold War,” as applied to nuclear strategy, is almost never meant kindly. No part of the intellectual inheritance from the Cold War is more frequently maligned than the concept of strategic stability.

     
  • Other Publications
    Verghese Koithara’s “Managing India’s Nuclear Forces”
    George Perkovich June 6, 2014 Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice

    In the book “Managing India’s Nuclear Forces,” Verghese Koithara explores the real-life challenges of nuclear maturity with clinical insight and exemplary balance.

     
  • Article
    India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Stirrings of Change
    P. R. Chari June 4, 2014

    India’s nuclear doctrine has not been revisited for over a decade. Reasoned debate on the topic is overdue.

     
  • Other Publications
    International Verification and Intelligence
    James M. Acton June 4, 2014 Intelligence and National Security

    While intelligence sharing creates risks for both national intelligence agencies and international verification organizations, it is ultimately critical to the effective verification of arms control agreements.

     
  • Op-Ed
    India and Pakistan: A Thin Line Between War and Peace
    George Perkovich, Toby Dalton June 3, 2014 National Interest

    The challenge for Indians and Pakistanis—and for the U.S. government, which inevitably would be impelled to mediate a new conflict—is to take steps now to prevent major terrorist attacks on India and to prepare modalities to manage consequences if prevention fails.

     
  • Other Publications
    Managing Expectations for Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran
    Mark Hibbs May 30, 2014 NATO Parliamentary Spring Session

    Expectations for diplomacy with Iran have gotten out of hand in some quarters, abetting political polarization over this issue which has increased the possibility that a final accord with Iran will not come about or succeed.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Coming Struggle Over Iran Nuclear Pact
    George Perkovich May 21, 2014 Council on Foreign Relations

    Iran and the P5+1 are unlikely to reach an agreement on Iran’s controversial nuclear program by July 20, but a partial accord is possible by the end of the year.

     
  • 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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  • 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.

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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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