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The Global Nuclear Future

2008–Present

The Global Nuclear Future (GNF) Initiative is a comprehensive interdisciplinary, multi institutional, and multi-national project that seeks to identify paths that permit the peaceful use of nuclear power to meet the growing demand for energy, while minimizing the potential adverse consequences of the spread of inherently risky nuclear technology. GNF is distinct in its ability to bring together diverse communities, including leading experts from academia, government, nongovernmental organizations, and the nuclear industry. By engaging with key constituencies, particularly in Southeast Asia and in the Middle East whose choices and behavior will have a significant impact on the character of the international nuclear order, GNF identifies and promotes best practices to minimize the security and non proliferation concerns associated with the spread of nuclear energy.

Making a Difference
Since 2008, the Academy has made significant progress in identifying and promoting policy recommendations to minimize the security and proliferation risks inherent in the global spread of nuclear energy. For example, the work of the GNF Initiative influenced the outcome of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. A recent paper, Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime, also informed discussions with delegates to the May 2012 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria. In addition, the Academy’s recommendations on the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle are reflected in the 2012 report of the U.S. President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Energy Future.

Project Work

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Multinational Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Other High-Level Nuclear Waste: A Roadmap for Moving Forward
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017

Robert D. Sloan, author
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Insider Threats
Cornell University Press, 2017

Matthew Bunn and Scott D. Sagan, editors
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Governance of Dual-Use Technologies: Theory and Practice
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016

Elisa D. Harris, editor
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The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Establishing a Viable Roadmap for a Multilateral Interim Storage Facility
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015

Robert Rosner, Lenka Kollar and James P. Malone, authors
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Nuclear Power in Vietnam: International Responses and Future Prospects
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014

Tanya Ogilvie-White, author
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Nuclear Liability: A Key Component of the Public Policy Decision to Deploy Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014

Mohit Abraham, author
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A Worst Practices Guide to Insider Threats: Lessons from Past Mistakes
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014

Matthew Bunn and Scott D. Sagan, authors
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Lessons Learned from "Lessons Learned": The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012

Edward D. Blandford and Michael May, authors
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The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: An Innovative Storage Concept
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012

Stephen M. Goldberg, Robert Rosner and James P. Malone, authors
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Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012

Steven E. Miller, Wael N Al-Assad, Jayantha Dhanapala, C. Raja Mohan and Ta Minh Tuan, authors
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Nuclear Reactors: Generation to Generation
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011

Stephen M. Goldberg and Robert Rosner, authors
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Game Changers for Nuclear Energy
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011

Kate Marvel and Michael May, authors
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Multinational Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010

Charles McCombie, Thomas Isaacs, Noramly Bin Muslim, Tariq Rauf, Atsuyuki Suzuki, Frank von Hippel and Ellen Tauscher, authors
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Shared Responsibilities for Nuclear Disarmament: A Global Debate
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010

Scott D. Sagan, James M. Acton, Jayantha Dhanapala, Mustafa Kibaroglu, Harald Müller, Yukio Satoh, Mohamed I. Shaker and Achilles Zaluar, authors
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On the Global Nuclear Future, Vol. 2
Winter/2010

MIT Press, 2010
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On the Global Nuclear Future, Vol. 1
Fall/2009

MIT Press, 2009
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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.

Project Chairs

Steven E. Miller, Harvard University

Robert Rosner, University of Chicago

Featured Publications

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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The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Establishing a Viable Roadmap for a Multilateral Interim Storage Facility describes a business model for a regional nuclear waste interim storage facility. The authors discuss the costs and governance modalities of this interim storage solution.

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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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