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December 1, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
  • A Change in Leadership at the IAEA
    Q&A
  • The US Nuclear Industry: Current Status and Prospects under the Obama Administration
    CIGI Nuclear Energy Futures Paper
  • Iran's Nuclear Move Puzzles West
    Financial Times
  • Pakistan's Leader Cedes Nuclear Office
    The New York Times
  • N. Korea Not Yet Indicated It Will Return to 6-Way Talks: State Dept.
    Yonhap News
  • IAEA Governors Approve First Nuclear Fuel Bank Plan
    Reuters
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A Change in Leadership at the IAEA

James M. Acton, Q&A
AmanoOn Monday, Mohammed ElBaradei stepped down after twelve years as head of the UN's nuclear watchdog. Yukiya Amano, ElBaradei's successor as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will confront growing proliferation challenges from nuclear weapons programs and nuclear power industries across Asia, the Middle East, and beyond.

In the final days of ElBaradei's tenure, the last week of November, the IAEA issued a stern resolution censuring Iran for continually defying its international nuclear obligations. In response, Iran announced that it would build 10 additional uranium enrichment plants, once again challenging the IAEA's enforcement authority. In a new Q&A, James Acton reflects on ElBaradei's leadership, discusses Amano's agenda, and calls attention to the importance of the IAEA's work.
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The US Nuclear Industry: Current Status and Prospects under the Obama Administration

Sharon Squassoni, CIGI Nuclear Energy Futures Paper
Expectations of a nuclear energy renaissance are particularly high in the United States, which hasn't had a new reactor order in 30 years.
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Iran's Nuclear Move Puzzles West

Daniel Dombey and Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Financial Times
In response to the revelation that Iran had been building an undeclared nuclear facility near the holy city of Qom, the United Nations nuclear watchdog asked Tehran whether it had any other such building plans.
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Pakistan's Leader Cedes Nuclear Office

Sabrina Tavernise and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
President Asif Ali Zardari has ceded his position in Pakistan's nuclear command structure to his prime minister, in a sudden political maneuver widely seen as a fresh sign of turmoil on the eve of President Obama’s strategy announcement for the region.
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N. Korea Not Yet Indicated It Will Return to 6-Way Talks: State Dept.

Hwang Doo-hyong, Yonhap News
North Korea has given no indication that it will return to the six-party talks, the State Department said Monday, even as the U.S. point man on North Korea is set to visit Pyongyang to attempt to revive the nuclear negotiations.
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IAEA Governors Approve First Nuclear Fuel Bank Plan

Sylvia Westall, Reuters
International Atomic Energy Agency governors on Friday approved a Russian plan for a multilateral uranium fuel supply bank to stem the spread of nuclear arms as more countries seek atomic energy.
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