Multinational Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle


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Charles McCombie, Thomas Isaacs, Noramly Bin Muslim, Tariq Rauf, Atsuyuki Suzuki, Frank von Hippel, and Ellen Tauscher
Global Nuclear Future

Noramly Bin Muslim is Chairman of the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Science and Technology at the National University of Malaysia. He served as the IAEA’s Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department of Technical Assistance and Cooperation for six years (1986–1992). During that period, he was assigned to Vienna to coordinate the IAEA Technical Assistance Program. He has served as the Head of the Malaysian Nuclear Research Center and Head of the Defense Research Center of Malaysia.

Thomas Isaacs is a Consulting Professor at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and Director of the Office of Planning and Special Studies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His career with the Department of Energy spanned more than two decades; he has managed many policies and programs that advance nuclear power and issues associated with security, waste management, and public trust. He is the Research Coordinator for the American Academy’s Initiative on the Global Nuclear Future.

Charles McCombie is Executive Director of Arius, the Association for Regional and International Underground Storage, and is also a consultant to various national waste management programs and international organizations. Previously he was Director of Science & Technology at Nagra, the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes, in Switzerland. He was Vice Chairman of the Board of Radioactive Waste Management of the National Academies in the United States. He is the author of over two hundred papers and of the book Principles and Standards for the Disposal of Long-Lived Radioactive Wastes (with Neil Chapman, 2003).

Tariq Rauf is Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He joined the IAEA in 2002, after serving as the Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Previously, he served as an Advisor and Non-Proliferation Expert to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Canada. He has been a Non-Proliferation Expert to the Canadian Delegation to NPT Conferences and a Senior Associate at the Canadian Center for Global Security (the Canadian Center for Arms Control and Disarmament) in Ottawa.

Atsuyuki Suzuki is Professor of Nuclear Engineering Emeritus at the University of Tokyo; he is also Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission in Japan. He is a member of the Scientific Council of Japan and has worked on various international projects, including for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He was awarded an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship in 1978.

Ellen Tauscher is Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. She previously represented California’s 10th Congressional District for thirteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives. She chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces since 2007 and was a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before winning a seat in Congress, she spent fourteen years working on Wall Street and was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She later served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.

Frank von Hippel is Professor of Public and International Affairs, founding Co-Director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. He was Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has written extensively on the technical basis for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament initiatives and the future of nuclear energy. His publications relevant to the current subject include: “Nuclear Waste Management in the United States—Starting Over,” Science, July 10, 2009; “Rethinking Nuclear Fuel Recycling,” Scientific American (May 2008); and “Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States,” Science and Global Security (2003).