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Nuclear Honchos Meet in Vienna: The Fifty-Fifth Meeting of the IAEA General Conference

Nuclear Honchos Meet in Vienna: The Fifty-Fifth Meeting of the IAEA General Conference

Its that time of year again, when the top nuclear dogs convene in Vienna for the annual IAEA General Conference. Not too much pomp, lots of circumstance. “Side” meetings galore. And, as always, the U.S. and its allies “mean girl” Iran and other evil-doers by not inviting their delegations to the good stuff. The list […]

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Verifying 1540 – Here Come the Green Eyeshades

Verifying 1540 – Here Come the Green Eyeshades

UN types are in Washington this week to examine the Administration’s efforts to prevent proliferation of those unpleasant “NBC” weapons – nuclear, biological and chemical, natch. It is the first on-site review of the resolution, during which time the U.S. “is opening its doors to the 1540 Committee by taking them on facility visits”. The […]

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Proof In the Pudding: DPRK Used A.Q. Khan Network to Get Centrifuges for Enrichment

Proof In the Pudding: DPRK Used A.Q. Khan Network to Get Centrifuges for Enrichment

In yet more news of the reach of the “non-existent” A.Q. Khan network, the IAEA has confirmed in a recent report that North Korea used the black market network to acquire “material needed to establish a uranium enrichment facility at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.” In preparation for the upcoming meetings of the IAEA Board of […]

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Syrian WMDs: Libya Redux?

Syrian WMDs: Libya Redux?

With revolts against the al-Assad government raging on, the U.S. and Israeli governments are focused on what might happen to Syria’s suspected cache of mustard gas, VX, Sarin, and long-range missiles. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that both countries are keeping a close eye on the status of the nasty stuff for fear […]

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UNSECGEN Ban: Message on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

UNSECGEN Ban: Message on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

On the occasion of yesterday’s “International Day Against Nuclear Tests”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon reiterated the need for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to enter into force. The UN established an International Day against Nuclear Tests in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. […]

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Putting the “New” in Nuke: Two Groups Formed to Look at Nuclear Energy, Non-Pro

Putting the “New” in Nuke: Two Groups Formed to Look at Nuclear Energy, Non-Pro

In what I can only imagine to be an explicit acknowledgement of the importance of nonproliferation in the context of the renewed fervor for nuclear power – Fukushima notwithstanding – two new NGO initiatives have recently launched. The first, launched earlier this month, is courtesy of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Their new “Nuclear Initiative” will […]

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Forget Looking for Muammar Q – Where are his WMDs?

Forget Looking for Muammar Q – Where are his WMDs?

When word of the possible fall of the dictatorship of Muammar Qadhafi began spreading across the wires, the very first thought I had was this: that’s great, but who has his reputed chemical weapons and what remains of his nuclear weapons program? Sure enough, the good people at the Associated Press wondered the same thing […]

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More on GPS Detection of Nuke Tests

More on GPS Detection of Nuke Tests

In a June 9th blog post, I wrote about the work of researchers at The Ohio State University to use the global positioning system (GPS) to detect covert nuclear tests. Pretty cool stuff. Well, the researchers, Jihye Park, Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska and adviser Ralph Von Frese have written about their work in a piece for the […]

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The Laser Haze: More Non-Pro Worries about Laser Enrichment

The Laser Haze: More Non-Pro Worries about Laser Enrichment

Readers of my blog will know that I have written several times about proliferation concerns related to using lasers to enrich uranium. Its my hobbyhorse because I think it is the very kind of crucible test which will indicate if we are serious about nonproliferation or not. The Cliff Notes version is that such a […]

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More on CTBT: Page Van Der Linden Interviews Linton Brooks and Daryl Kimball

More on CTBT: Page Van Der Linden Interviews Linton Brooks and Daryl Kimball

Now that the Administration has begun to re-fulminate over the possibility of getting the CTBT ratified, Arms Control Wonk contributor Page Van Der Linden has begun posting a multi-part series on the subject. Her aim, in her words, is to present “the treaty from the points of view of people who were around the last […]

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IAEA Tidbits: Iran Responds, the Agency Reports on Its Nuclear Activities for 2010

IAEA Tidbits:  Iran Responds, the Agency Reports on Its Nuclear Activities for 2010

In advance of the upcoming meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors and General Conference, the Agency has issued two documents for its review which are of note: one quite useful, the other likely to provoke more than a few skeptical chuckles. The first is a compilation of the Agency’s ongoing activities to fulfill its […]

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Action on Syria Heats Up: U.S. Congress Wants Tightened Sanctions

Action on Syria Heats Up: U.S. Congress Wants Tightened Sanctions

The U.S. Congress is not waiting for the UN Security Council to act on calls to sanction Syria for 1) attempting to build a covert nuclear facility with North Korean support, 2) brutally cracking down on protesters calling for reform and 3) assisting Hezbollah by providing it with ballistic missiles. On August 5, House Foreign […]

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In Memoriam: Jonathan Tucker, Chem/Bio Expert

In Memoriam: Jonathan Tucker, Chem/Bio Expert

I don’t generally write on chemical or biological weapons here, but I thought I would do so today to remember a friend, colleague and world-class expert on such topics. Dr. Jonathan B. Tucker, until his very untimely passing at the end of July, was the Biosecurity Education Manager at the Federation of Scientists. Jonathan passed […]

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WMD Junction: Sandy Spector Maps the Global Nonpro Regime

WMD Junction: Sandy Spector Maps the Global Nonpro Regime

The folks at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) continue their quest to educate with a primer on the global nonproliferation landscape. In a two-part video, Leonard “Sandy” Spector, deputy director of Center, and director of the DC office does a great job of reviewing not only the formal, enduring nonproliferation instruments but […]

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The NSG Guidelines Changes: India Gets It Wrong

The NSG Guidelines Changes: India Gets It Wrong

In a June 30th post, I wrote about the long-time coming changes to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) rules on enrichment and reprocessing technologies. Now Mark Hibbs at Carnegie has written a good synopsis of the evolution of the so-called “clean text”, the ultimately agreed-upon changes, and their implications. Hibbs points out, for example, that […]

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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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