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Stockpile Stewardship: Yes We Can

A couple of days ago, I posted a discourse on the Administration’s return to Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. In it, I expressed pessimism that this would happen before anti-CTBT stalwart Senator Jon Kyl retires at the end of next year. I also opined that it is, in fact, possible to assure […]

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DOE and NRC To Simulate Fukushima Failures

DOE and NRC To Simulate Fukushima Failures

According to a Memorandum of Understanding document obtained by the National Journal, DOE and NRC are working together to simulate Japan’s Fukushima Daichii nuclear accident in order to validate its computer models for how reactor cores respond to accident conditions. The simulation is meant to inform NRC’s Fukushima lessons learned efforts. According to NJ, the […]

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Plus Ca Change: The Return of CTBT Ratification

Plus Ca Change: The Return of CTBT Ratification

A little while back, I wrote about a renewed Obama Administration push to get the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty ratified by a recalcitrant Senate. I noted that, with the retirement of anti-CTBT stalwart Jon Kyl, the treaty MAY have a chance at getting done. However, his intent to retire has clearly not softened Senator Kyl […]

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So Much For That: UNSC Action on Syrian Nukes Unlikely

So Much For That: UNSC Action on Syrian Nukes Unlikely

As I wrote on June 23rd, the IAEA Board of Governors referred Syria to the UN Security Council over allegations, proven-ish, that it had covertly built a plutonium production reactor which the Israelis then destroyed in 2007. And, because Damascus has continued to block IAEA efforts to return to the Dair Alzour site to gather […]

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Tehran Times Interview: Paul Ingram

British-American Security Information Council (BASIC) Executive Director Paul Ingram, who also does a program on Iranian telly, recently attended the second International Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation, which was held at the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) from June 12 to 13. Laughable as it may seem, Paul’s participation provides […]

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Did He or Didn’t He? The A.Q. Khan Saga Continues

Journalist R. Jeffrey Smith has a piece in today's Washington Post which publicizes a letter released by Abdul Quadeer Khan, Pakistani proliferation raconteur, and imaginary nuke trader (the West made it up, you see) to former British Journalist Simon Henderson which ” support(s) his claim that he personally transferred more than $3 million in payments […]

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NSG to India: Um, About that Enrichment Facility…

After nearly seven years of negotiations, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, formed ironically in response to India’s diversion of civilian nuclear technology to nuclear weapons production, issued more stringent guidelines for transfer of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technologies.  The new guidelines, approved during its June 23-24 meeting in the Netherlands, strengthens the conditions under which a […]

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The Hardest Working Man in the Nuke Business

That’s what I call Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares President – behind his back, of course.  He is the closest thing the arms control community has to a celeb – always camera-ready, always posed and always well-informed. And hey, he’s friends with Michael Douglas. But, in all seriousness, Joe has worked tirelessly for nuclear disarmament over the […]

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The Good Stuff: CSIS "Essential Readings"

Over at the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, program staff have helpfully culled useful articles and such on things nuclear that they are reading.  They have separated the wheat from the nuclear chaff.  Good stuff.  The main page is here. The archives are found at Delicious.

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Denial: It Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

Another interview, this one from the guy who continues to shirk responsibility for establishing the most destructive proliferation network in history and helping to arm Syria, North Korea and Iran, to name a few: Abdul Qadeer Khan.  In his latest sit down, this one with Der Spiegel via e-mail, Khan actually makes the following, laughable […]

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Can’t Keep a Good Swede Down: Talking with Hans Blix

Former Director General of the IAEA and former UNSCOM head Hans Blix sat down with The Economist online in a segment they call “Tea with The Economist”.  In it, Blix talks about the Global Zero campaign, how practical nuclear disarmament really is and how we should deal with ne’er do well countries like North Korea.  […]

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Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Threat Lingers

In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, little-noticed radioactive nuggets which are used for everything from examining welds to providing medical therapies were suddenly the rage.  The rage, that is, to account for, gather up, and secure.  Sources like Strontium-90, Cobalt-60, Iridium-192 and Americium-241 all became household words – or the closest […]

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Its On: Syria Referred to the UN Security Council

I wrote in a previous post that the IAEA Board of Governors was preparing to finally make a decision regarding referral of Syria to the UN Security Council for continuing to stonewall the IAEA and preventing safeguards inspectors from having a look at Dair Alzour.  You will recall that this was the site of an […]

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GPS – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

GPS – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Beware CTBT Cheaters!  We have a Garmin and we know how to use it! In addition to finding your way home and locating enemy targets, researchers at The Ohio State University have found another use for our little Garmin: detecting clandestine nuclear tests. The Global Security Newswire reports today on the work of Ralph Von […]

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Nifty Nuke FAQs

In the context of all the Iranian nuke news, Reuters has run a couple of basic, layperson-accessible FAQs, or “Factboxes”, on uranium enrichment and how uranium ore becomes civilian nuke fuel.  They are reasonably accurate.

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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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