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The Four Statesmen Return to the Rostrum: Take Action on Proliferation Risks Now

The Four Statesmen Return to the Rostrum:  Take Action on Proliferation Risks Now

In what seems to be a response to the Corker/Inhofe op-ed in the Wall Street Journal of last week, elder statesmen George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn reiterated their call for more urgent progress on reducing nuclear risks, particularly proliferation.  This is their fifth article …

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The CTBTO IMS: More Bang for the Buck (Pun Intended)

The CTBTO IMS:  More Bang for the Buck (Pun Intended)

In two previous posts, I wrote about the work of three Ohio State University researchers who are using GPS to detect covert nuclear tests.  Now, there is word that the  International Monitoring System (IMS) of the the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is of increasing …

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Old Thinking, New Realities

Old Thinking, New Realities

In an OpEd in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Senators Bob Corker, currently Ranking Member on the Foreign Relations Committee, and James Inhofe, well-known global warming skeptic and Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee, opined about how the administration’s commitment to eliminating nuclear weapons was 1) dangerous, 2) …

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Nuke Brain Drain in the Senate

Nuke Brain Drain in the Senate

With the retirement of Senator Jon Kyl and defeat of Senator Richard Lugar — of the unprecedented Nunn-Lugar initiative — Congress’s 113th session will see a significant lacunae in arms control and nuclear nonproliferation expertise.  While I am hard-pressed to call Kyl an “expert” — someone who repeatedly questioned the …

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Hibbs on The IAEA’s State Level Approach to Safeguards

Hibbs on The IAEA’s State Level Approach to Safeguards

 

In his most recent, and to my mind, revealing examination of the evolution of the IAEA safeguards regime, Carnegie Senior Associate Mark Hibbs lays out some critical issues facing the evolution of the Agency’s central nuclear watchdog function.  What he finds is a swirling morass of political jockeying, an …

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More on the Candidates and Nukes

More on the Candidates and Nukes

 
Tomorrow is election day — and the end of the deluge of political adverts — so I thought readers would find a recent piece at Global Security Newswire useful.
Lee Michael Katz, writing for the Global Security Newswire, surveyed a number of arms control advisors and former administration types …

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The Presidential Candidates on Nukes

The Presidential Candidates on Nukes

In preparation for the final debate this evening and the FPA live-tweeting of the event — to focus on foreign policy — the Arms Control Association and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists provide  nice overviews of the candidates records on key nuclear nonproliferation and arms control issues.
Kingston Reif, the director of nuclear …

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Newsflash: Nuke Industry Doesn’t Like to be Regulated

Newsflash:  Nuke Industry Doesn’t Like to be Regulated

 

I know.  Shocking, isn’t it?  But, that’s essentially what the Nuclear Energy Institute is saying in its totally unsurprising new report, “Nuclear Export Controls: A Comparative Analysis of National Regimes for the Control of Nuclear Materials, Components and Technology.” Issued on October 1st, the report was done …

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Nature: NRC Decision on Laser Enrichment “Unfortunate”

Nature:  NRC Decision on Laser Enrichment “Unfortunate”

 
Another voice has been added to the laser enrichment debate: an editorial in the science journal Nature argues that the NRC’s decision to approve issuance of an operating license to GE-Hitachi for a laser enrichment facility was “unfortunate”, and that “The NRC should introduce rules to …

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CTBTO Advanced Science Course on Verification

CTBTO Advanced Science Course on Verification


 
For those of you who don’t agree with Senator Kyl and think the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is actually a useful regime, this course is for you.  And for those who do agree with the Senator, well, you might learn something.
The CTBTO will be holding an …

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Disappointment at White Flint: NRC Staff Approve Laser License

Disappointment at White Flint:  NRC Staff Approve Laser License

 
In what is truly an abdication of responsibility, the staff of the U.S. Regulatory Commission on Tuesday approved issuance of an operating license to GE-Hitachi (GEH) for construction of the first ever laser enrichment facility.  And in an uncharacteristic bureaucratic sleight-of-hand, the NRC will not make a decision on …

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The AQ Khan Rehabilitation Tour: Part 56

The AQ Khan Rehabilitation Tour: Part 56

 
The world’s worst nuclear proliferator in the modern era is at it again, this time deigning to organize a political party in Pakistan.  In an interview with Simon Henderson at Foreign Policy, Khan discusses his ambitions with the recent formation of the Movement for …

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Oh REALLY? Taiwan Prepared to Forgo ENR Technologies in 123 Agreement

Oh REALLY?  Taiwan Prepared to Forgo ENR Technologies in 123 Agreement

The roster of countries agreeing to forgo enrichment and reprocessing technologies has risen to two.  As the time ticks down to expiration of its bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement with the U.S., the government of Taiwan has announced that it is prepared to renounce any right to enrich or reprocess nuclear …

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The FY2013 NDAA: If They Could Turn Back Time

The FY2013 NDAA:  If They Could Turn Back Time

On May 18th, the House of Representatives voted on the National Defense Authorization Bill (NDAA), or H.R. 4310.
The bill passed 299-120.
The NDAA contains language which would seriously damage the Administration’s ability to continue to negotiate reductions in its and Russia’s nuclear arsenals.  It would also impinge upon the …

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Hypocrisy Addendum: WaPo’s Pincus on Washington’s Damagingly Inconsistent Nonpro Positions

Hypocrisy Addendum:  WaPo’s Pincus on Washington’s Damagingly Inconsistent Nonpro Positions

I wrote yesterday about the ridiculous inconsistency of the Administration’s response first, to the DPRK’s failed launch and second, to the non-response to the Indian Agni V launch shortly thereafter.
Well, it seems I’m not alone.  Enter Walter Pincus, Columnist for the Washington Post.  Writing yesterday in a piece …

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About the Author

Jodi Lieberman
Jodi Lieberman

Jodi Lieberman is a veteran of the arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety trenches, having worked at the Departments of State, Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also served in an advisory capacity and as professional staff for several members of Congress in both the House and Senate as well as the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Jodi currently spends her time advocating for science issues and funding as the Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the American Physical Society. The views expressed in her posts are her views based on her professional experience but in way should be construed to represent those of her employer.

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