March 20, 2017 to March 21, 2017 | Washington, DC

The 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference took place on March 20 and 21, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. It brought together over 800 experts and officials from more than forty-five countries and international organizations. 

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The conference takes place on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s conclusion. Most observers credit the treaty with playing a pivotal role in stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Today, however, its continued efficacy is in doubt as disagreements grow over the implementation of each of its three main “pillars”—nonproliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The time seems ripe, therefore, for an assessment of the treaty and its prospects. To this end, a number of panels at the conference focused on debates surrounding treaty’s core articles, as well as on questions of how to manage its nonmembers and sole former member. Other panels will consider the future of global nuclear order, as well as emerging trends in deterrence, disarmament, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear energy.

Information about previous iterations of the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference can be found here and here.

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There is no clear, internationally accepted definition of what activities or technologies constitute a nuclear weapons program. This lack of definition encumbers nuclear energy cooperation and complicates peaceful resolution of proliferation disputes.

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