Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident in early March 2011 is likely to have a primarily economic impact and is unlikely to result in a strengthened push for nuclear disarmament.
The recent nuclear disaster in Japan has many people re-thinking the risks and benefits of nuclear energy. Germany took a bold stance two weeks ago when it pledged to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022.
Three months after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the extent of the country's nuclear crisis is becoming clearer.
Three months after a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, a new report puts the amount of radiation released at more than double earlier estimates.
China and India have vast energy demands and civil nuclear programs. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, nuclear safety and security will play a major role in both countries’ nuclear evolution and cooperation in the years to come.
Pakistan faces a serious energy deficit. While Islamabad is focused on the long-term goal of developing nuclear energy, available electricity could be increased in the short-term by rehabilitating Pakistan’s electricity distribution system and replacing aging turbines.
While the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima reactors is likely to slow but not terminate nuclear programs in most countries currently operating nuclear power plants, it may significantly affect the ambitions of countries who had intended to deploy new reactors in the next decade.
One month after the worst earthquake in Japan’s history triggered a crisis at Fukushima’s Daiichi reactors, the most complicated nuclear reactor crisis in history remains volatile.
While the damage done to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant should not be seen as a blanket verdict against nuclear power, countries developing nuclear energy programs must take additional steps to protect their nuclear installations against external events.
The 2011 conference focused on new actors and new agendas, reflecting the need to develop cooperative responses to challenges being posed by changing technology, distributions of political power, interest in nuclear energy, and security conditions in key regions.