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.
Japan has pledged not to produce more plutonium than it can consume. Serious questions are emerging, however, about whether it can uphold this commitment.
Japan’s plutonium production will soon exceed demand, creating a potentially destabilizing build-up.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has signed a deal with Kazakhstan, a former member of the Soviet Union. It will open the first internationally-run bank for low-enriched uranium, the fuel for nuclear power plants.
Pakistan’s path to join the mainstream of the international nuclear order faces many obstacles.
Four years after the Fukushima crisis, Japan’s nuclear power plant Sendai is set to re-open.
The 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference brought together over 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations to discuss emerging trends in nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, deterrence, and nuclear energy.
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.
Many people living in the northern hemisphere might be surprised to learn that Brazilians don’t agree about what the world had been told decades ago was an open and shut case: that Brazil had a secret nuclear weapons program.
Brazil currently has two nuclear reactors and a third is under construction. Four more power plants are being proposed for construction in the 2020s.