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The Global Nuclear Future – Activities

Recent activities include:

  • Panel Discussion on “Multilateral Approach in Spent Fuel Management”
  • On September 26, 2017, the Global Nuclear Future Initiative co-convened a panel discussion during the 2017 GLOBAL conference in Seoul, South Korea. The panel, which featured GNF co-chair Robert Rosner, examined the status of multilateral approaches to spent fuel management and the key challenges – including regionally and nationally-specific issues – that will need to be overcome in order to identify new ways forward for multilateral spent fuel management.

  • Insider Threats: A Worst Practice Guide to Preventing Leaks, Attacks, Theft, and Sabotage
  • On May 10, 2017, the Global Nuclear Future Initiative and the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program hosted a book launch event during which Scott Sagan and Matthew Bunn presented their work on Insider Threats.

  • Briefings by Scott Sagan and Matthew Bunn on Insider Threats at U.S. National Laboratories, May 2017
  • Insider Threats book launch event at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, May 16, 2017.
  • The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20: Prospects for Ratification and the Enduring Risks of Nuclear Testing
  • On May 19, 2016, the Academy hosted a special day-long program surrounding the twentieth anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The discussions focused on the prospects for the ratification of the CTBT and the perils of resuming nuclear testing in the future. The morning roundtable discussions addressed such questions as what is lost and what is gained by not ratifying the CTBT? And, in what ways, if any, has the CTBT monitoring and verification system enhanced multilateral transparency and global trust? A keynote address by Gary Samore (Harvard University) explored the role of the CTBT in the global nuclear order of the twenty-first century.

    The afternoon program consisted of a youth forum with high school-aged students, undergraduates, graduate students, and nuclear experts. In collaboration with N Square of San Francisco, graduate students from the Rhode Island School of Design presented art pieces and simulations designed around nuclear weapons explosions and proliferation. The attendees participated in an interactive activity that explored how best to engage the public with nuclear weapons-related issues.

    In the evening, the Academy hosted the 2016 Distinguished Morton L. Mandel Annual Public Lecture on “The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20.” Arun Rath of WGBH and NPR moderated a panel discussion with Rose Gottemoeller (U.S. State Department), Siegfried Hecker (Stanford University), Robert Rosner (University of Chicago), and Lassina Zerbo (Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization). The panelists discussed the prospects for ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the challenges presented by nuclear testing. The program was live streamed to members and guests gathered at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, D.C., and at the University of Chicago.

  • Meeting to discuss key finds of the American Academy's recent publication Governance of Dual-Use Technologies: Theory and Practice, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • In June 2016, Elisa Harris presented some of the key findings from the May 2016 Academy publication, Governance of Dual-Use Technologies: Theory and Practice, at a meeting hosted by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, DC. The meeting, which was sponsored by the US Department of Defense, was designed to educate US Government personnel on some of the key issues in chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation. Participants were from the Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Energy, Health and Human Services, intelligence community and military services. The Academy publication on dual-use technologies was included on the reading list for the meeting, and prompted many thoughtful questions from participants.

  • Creation and Destruction: Managing the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear, Biological, and Information Technologies, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Stated Meeting, Chicago, May 2016
  • Meetings on the draft legal framework for a multilateral interim storage facility, South Korea and Taiwan, April 2016
  • Meetings on the draft legal framework for a multilateral interim storage facility, Washington, DC, February 2016
  • An Innovative Concept: Establishing a Multilateral Interim Storage, discussion co-hosted with the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, DC, December 2015
  • Briefings by Scott Sagan and Matthew Bunn on Insider Threats at U.S. national laboratories, November 2015
  • Re-Imagining the Global Nuclear Order, co-hosted with the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, September 2015
  • Meeting to Understand and Progress the Discourse between the Nuclear Energy Industry, Government, and the Public – New Delhi, India, July 2015
  • Meeting: “The Evolution of the NPT Grand Bargain,” Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York City, May 5, 2015 (by invitation only)
  • Dual-Use Technology Workshop, Chicago, IL, March 16-17, 2015
  • Briefings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 19-22, 2015
  • On January 19-22, 2015, the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative (GNF) held a series of briefings in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). GNF cochair Robert Rosner led a discussion on nuclear reactor technology and nuclear safety. Mohit Abraham – Partner at PXV Law Partners, Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India, and author of the Academy Occasional Paper Nuclear Liability: A Key Component of the Public Policy Decision to Deploy Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia – provided an overview of nuclear liability issues worldwide. Page Stoutland, Vice President for Scientific and Technical Affairs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, led a discussion about establishing a holistic approach to addressing cyber and nuclear security concerns.

    Another briefing focused on capacity building and human resources development in the nuclear field. The Academy also co-hosted a workshop with the Association for Regional and International Underground Storage (ARIUS) on solutions for the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. The small-group format of these briefings allowed experts from the UAE and from the Academy to engage directly in productive, substantive discussions about lessons learned from the UAE experience and from other cases around the world.

    Prior to the meetings, the Academy’s delegation visited the Barakah site, where the UAE has been working since 2010 on constructing a nuclear power plant. As the first plant nears completion (it is due to be fueled in 2016 and enter service in 2017), the team was able to gain insight into UAE’s efforts to develop a culture of safety and security and to engage in public outreach.

  • Keynote Presentation by Scott Sagan on A Worst Practices Guide to Insider Threats: Lessons from Past Mistakes, Department of War Studies, Kings College, London, United Kingdom, October 1, 2014
  • Keynote Presentation by Scott Sagan at workshop on “Understanding and Mitigating the Insider Threat,” World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), Vienna, Austria, September 29, 2014
  • Briefings by Robert Rosner and James Malone on the Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Washington, D.C., September 16-18, 2014
  • Workshop: Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nuclear Energy in the Middle East: Training Workshop for Journalist from the Middle East , June 23-25, 2014, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Keynote Presentation and Roundtable Discussion: Nuclear Safety and its Main Challenges: The Human and Organizational Factors , June 24, 2014, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Keynote Presentation and Roundtable Discussion: Nuclear Safety, Security, and Safeguards and Turkey's Emerging Nuclear Program, June 25, 2014, Global Relations Forum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Workshop: Insider Threats Workshop, May 15-16, 2014, Cambridge, MA
  • Roundtable Discussion: Nuclear Initiatives in the Middle East - Areas for Possible Collaboration on Future, April 10, 2014, Washington D.C.
  • Conference: Emerging Nuclear Energy in the ASEAN Region: A Path Forward to a Safer, More Secure Future, January 12-15, 2014, Bali, Indonesia
  • Conference: Learning from Fukushima: Improving Nuclear Safety and Security After Accidents, Hiroshima, Japan, June 26-28, 2013
  • Conference: Dual-use Technologies: Theory and Practice, Stanford, CA, January 28-29, 2013
  • Conference: Emerging Nuclear Power in Regional Contexts: Southeast Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam, November 15-17, 2012
  • Meeting with Delegates to the 2012 NPT Preparatory Committee, Vienna, Austria, May 4, 2012
  • Briefing: Managing the Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle—An Innovative Approach, The National Press Club, Washington, D.C., March 8, 2012
  • Conference: The Nuclear Future in Southeast Asia—Security, Safety, and Nonproliferation, Singapore, November 2010
  • Workshop: Game Changers, cosponsored with the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, August 2010
  • Meeting with International Diplomats and Experts on Nuclear Nonproliferation, New York, New York, May 2010
  • Conference: Nuclear Power in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 2009
  • Workshop: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, May 2009
  • Workshop: The Nuclear Industry and Security Concerns, Washington, D.C., April 2009

Summary

The Global Nuclear Future Initiative provides a comprehensive approach to discussing and developing ideas to limit the security and proliferation risks raised by a rapidly changing nuclear world. The Academy seeks to guide domestic and international policy-makers as they work to balance the pursuit of a national nuclear energy program with potential safety, security, and economic concerns.

Featured Publications

Multinational Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Other High-Level Nuclear Waste: A Roadmap for Moving Forward seeks to develop a legal pathway for the creation of a multilateral interim storage facility, exploring both legal and political challenges to implementation.

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Insider Threats uses case studies from across a range of industries to identify lessons learned from past mistakes and the biases that lead organizations to downplay insider threats.

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Governance of Dual-Use Technologies: Theory and Practice examines governance structures for reducing the risks posed by dual-use technologies (e.g., nuclear, biological, and information technologies).

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Nuclear Liability: A Key Component of the Public Policy Decision to Deploy Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia provides a comprehensive, empirically rich analysis of the historical evolution of the nuclear liability regime currently in force and outlines the steps necessary for the adoption of a regional nuclear liability regime in Southeast Asia.

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Additional Publications

  • “Preventing Insider Theft: Lessons from the Casino and Pharmaceutical Industries,” Matthew Bunn and Kathryn M. Glynn. Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, Volume 41, Issue 3 (2013)
  • Leadership and the Future of Nuclear Energy, the report from an Academy workshop in Chicago, Illinois, June 9–10, 2011. Download this publication.
  • Nuclear Energy in the Middle East, the report and recommendations from an Academy conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 13–15, 2009. Download this publication.

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