Though a terrorist attack using nuclear or radiological material may be a low-probability threat, the consequences would extend to every country on Earth, not just the one on whose territory the event took place.
The Nuclear Security Summit has made little progress on preventing the production of fissile material that has no plausible use. One way forward would be to establish a norm that such production should be consistent with reasonable civilian needs.
Ahead of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, a new report presents a stark choice: Will the world recommit to continuous improvement in strengthening nuclear security, or will efforts decline and the danger of nuclear terrorism grow?
The Nuclear Suppliers Group needs a policy governing the participation of candidate states that are not parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
South Korea and the United States have become essential partners on nuclear matters over the last forty years. However, as with all maturing relationships, there remain differences of view and priority that must be managed.
The Iran nuclear crisis challenged the IAEA at a critical time in the evolution of its safeguards system.
Although the governments of the United States and Pakistan are unlikely to agree on conditions to complete a nuclear cooperation agreement, the national, regional, and global interests that would be involved in pursuing such a deal are important enough to make even a hypothetical discussion worthwhile.
The IAEA will meet on whether Iran has come clean about trying to build nuclear weapons—and whether the nuclear deal will move forward.
3-D printing may enable the most sensitive pieces of a nuclear weapons program to be more easily produced and transferred undetected around the globe.
There is a serious risk that, within the next few years, Japan will produce more plutonium than it can use. The resulting buildup would set a damaging precedent, exacerbate regional tensions, and increase the likelihood of nuclear terrorism.