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Nuclear Power, Weapons Proliferation, and Climate Change


New Issue of Journal Dædalus Explores the Global Nuclear Future

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the future there will be more nuclear technology spread across more nations than ever before. Will the growth of nuclear power lead to increased risks of nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear terrorism? Will the nonproliferation regime be adequate to ensure safety and security in a world more widely and heavily invested in nuclear power?

Authors from Belgium, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United States explore these questions in a special two-volume issue of Dædalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The second volume will be published January 14.

The authors examine the interconnected issues of a potential worldwide expansion of civilian nuclear power, attendant risks of weapons proliferation and nuclear terrorism, and the prospects for lessening the impact of climate change through growth in nuclear energy.

The articles appearing in both volumes of the special Dædalus issue can be accessed on the Academy’s website at:

The volumes are part of the Academy’s multi-year Global Nuclear Future Initiative, a project that brings together research groups focused on the nuclear industry, the future fuel cycle, the protection of nuclear materials, and the emergence of a new international nuclear regulatory regime. The work is principally supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Fred Kavli of the Kavli Foundation.

Beginning in the late 1950s, the Academy was instrumental in establishing arms control and nuclear proliferation as fields of academic study, publishing a seminal issue of Dædalus on arms control in 1960, followed by special issues on Cold War arms control in 1975 and the future of arms control in 1991. For over a decade, the Academy was also the U.S. sponsor of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995). Steven E. Miller and Scott D. Sagan, co-directors of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative, guest-edited the double-volume issue of Dædalus. The new issue includes the following essays:

Pierre Goldschmidt: Multilateral Nuclear Fuel Supply Guarantees and Spent Fuel Management: What are the Priorities?
George Perkovich: Global Implications of the U.S.-India Deal
Thomas Isaacs and Charles McCombie: The Key Role of the Back-end in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Siegfried S. Hecker: Lessons Learned from the North Korean Nuclear Crises
Jayantha Dhanapala: The Management of NPT Diplomacy
William C. Potter: The NPT and the Sources of Nuclear Restraint
Atsuyuki Suzuki: Toward a Robust Global Nuclear Future
Mohamed I. Shaker: Nuclear Power in the Arab World and the Regionalization of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: An Egyptian Perspective
Abbas Maleki: Iran’s Nuclear File: Recommendations for the Future
Anatoly S. Diyakov: The Nuclear Renaissance and Preventing the Spread of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technologies: A Russian View
Steven E. Miller and Scott D. Sagan: Alternative Nuclear Futures

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Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy; global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world. (




Global Nuclear Future

Steven E. Miller, Robert Rosner, and Scott D. Sagan