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Policymakers and Security Experts on NPEC

Nuclear proliferation is a vexing policy challenge.  The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center is an invaluable resource for Members of Congress and their staff as we grapple with these critical issues.  Its Expertise is needed now more than ever.

Congressman Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee

Henry Sokolski and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center have been for many years top resources for my work on nonproliferation issues. NPEC’s commitment to reducing the nuclear threat is second to none.

Sen. Ed Markey
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center headed by Henry Sokolski has repeatedly proven to be an indispensable source of expertise for the Congress in its work on nuclear issues.  Through testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee, the many papers produced by NPEC, and his analysis of complex issues, he has contributed significantly to the Committee’s many accomplishments in this area.  I look forward to continuing to working closely with NPEC for many years to come.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Middle East and N. Africa
Former Chairwoman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

NPEC stands out among the many groups that provide analysis and information about nuclear nonproliferation because it focuses on something that receives less attention than it should – namely, the proliferation impacts of civilian nuclear cooperation.  You can count on NPEC to provide incisive analysis of nuclear nonproliferation issues from diverse points of view.

Congressman Brad Sherman
Ranking Member
House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific


The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center has distinguished itself with its no-nonsense analyses and strong advocacy for robust nonproliferation policies. The organization's leadership ranks in the top tier of experts that the Committee on Foreign Relations looks to for testimony on difficult issues.

Richard Lugar
President of the Lugar Center
Fmr. Senator (R), Indiana

For 15 years, no individual or organization has spent more time studying the risks associated with the spread of civil nuclear power technology and the failure to deal with the nuclear weapons programs of Iran and North Korea as Henry Sokolski and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC).  As the threats of nuclear terrorism and proliferation continue to dominate national security policy debates, both Sokolski and NPEC will continue to provide a vital service to the legislative and executive branches.

Jon Kyl
Covington and Burling, LLP
Fmr. Senator (R), Arizona

NPEC and its guiding light, Henry Sokolski, have for fifteen years performed an invaluable service to our country on the critical threats posed by proliferation. They have provided evidence, analysis and opinion to inform and enhance our policy debates, and in so doing earned the respect of all the participants in that debate, no mean accomplishment in Washington these. Although I wish the world were such that we didn't have to wish Henry and NPEC well for another fifteen years, we do, and we should.  Best of luck! 

Ambassador John Bolton
Senior Fellow at AEI
Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Former  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Few nonproliferation policy shops, including the big ones, have accomplished as much as NPEC.

Victor Gilinsky
Former NRC Commissioner

Anyone with a serious interest in nuclear proliferation needs to track NPEC's reports. NPEC provides not only up-to-date information, it exposes the considerable array of follies and contradictions in our policies. It is a one- stop shop for sanity on technology, economics, politics and bureaucratic behavior.

Henry Rowen
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Former RAND President
Former Chairman, the National Intelligence Council, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Henry and NPEC - without fear or favor - have kept U.S. policy makers and the international community aware of the up and down sides associated with expanding global use of nuclear energy. Some may find it hard to listen to the down to earth and biting views NPEC presents, but they are an indispensable part of the debate...

Ollie Heinonen
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Former Deputy Director General of the IAEA


“You can count on Henry Sokolski and NPEC to provide principled analysis and fearless recommendations on the leading proliferation issues of the day, regardless of political correctness or partisan interests.”


Gary Samore
Executive Director of Research at Harvard Belfer Center for Science and Security
Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction


In a town where institutions tend to stake out predictable and not very original positions, NPEC cannot be easily pigeon-holed.Its honest, hard-hitting analysis has often made administrations of both parties uncomfortable –and that’s probably a good thing.

Robert Einhorn
Former Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation
U.S. Department of State

NPEC and Henry Sokolski are a steady source of penetrating analysis and innovative policy recommendations.  They are an exceptionally creative players in the nonproliferation field. 

George Perkovich
VP for Studies
The Carnegie Endowment

NPEC is a vital and effective world leader in the deadly serious business of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. If we don't want to lose a city, or worse, we should support NPEC's work now.

Amory Lovins
Cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus
Rocky Mountain Institute

Nuclear proliferation is a complicated intellectual field and a difficult practical challenge. If we succeed in coming to grips with the challenges we face, it will be in large part because of the fearless and first-rate work of NPEC.

William Kristol
The Weekly Standard

Thanks to the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center no one dealing with nuclear non-proliferation policies and issues will ever be able to say "I didn't know", "I didn't realize" or "what else could have been done?" This, by itself, is a major accomplishment.

Pierre Goldschmidt
Former Head of the IAEA
Department of Safeguards

There are many think tanks in Washington. Very few of them can be described as invaluable. NPEC is one of those few. In an era where no issue matters more -- or is thought about less -- than nuclear proliferation, NPEC has consistently provided the most comprehensive and intelligent analysis available.

Bret Stephens
Deputy Editorial Page Editor and
The Wall Street Journal 

I am deeply impressed with NPEC’s mastery of a broad range of nonproliferation topics and the depth of analysis reflected in its profusion of publications.  NPEC is widely respected for distilling complex nuclear threat issues down to their essence and providing timely, actionable, and eminently sensible policy recommendations.

 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
House Nuclear Security Caucus

NPEC has commissioned landmark research reports on  nuclear-proliferation-related issues and plays an important role in Washington's nuclear-policy debates as an expert and effective nuclear iconoclast.

Frank Von Hippel
Princeton University
Co-chair International Panel on Fissile Materials

It is essential that government and industry are fully cognizant of the proliferation and security implications of their decisions and actions on nuclear energy. Henry Sokolski and NPEC provide a much-needed reality check – their independent in-depth analysis is invaluable in identifying weaknesses, oversights and dangers in nuclear policies and developments.

John Carlson
Former Director-General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
Former Chair, IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation

NPEC has consistently been way ahead of the curve. Not only does NPEC identify problems long before they hit the front pages, it has an excellent record at bringing together regional experts with strategic thinkers. It also thinks seriously about how the other side will try to counter whatever approach the United States adopts and realizes that foreign policy problems usually require an ongoing campaign, not just immediate policy steps. 

Patrick Clawson
Director of Research
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

“Henry Sokolski's work earns wide regard because it is both informed and trenchant. His analysis offers valuable insights and presents important challenges—not only to those who have advocated prior non-proliferation initiatives but to those who contend that there are better options.

Alton Frye
Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus
The Council on Foreign Relations 

For two decades, Henry Sokolski and NPEC have courageously and consistently advocated policies to prevent nuclear proliferation.  With a crystalline message, innovative analysis, and acute insights, NPEC has been a leader on one of the most important national security challenges to confront us.  We owe them our gratitude.

William Tobey
Former Deputy Administrator
National Nuclear Security Administration

NPEC in the Media

Oct 28, 2017: The New York Times cites NPEC research on nuclear proliferation in South Korea in "North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons"

Sep 29, 2017: NPEC's Executive Director cited by The Washington Post about failing nuclear plants in "Rick Perry just proposed sweeping new steps to help struggling coal and nuclear plants"

Sep 28, 2017: The Daily Texan describes NPEC's Research Advisor's UT Austin consortium lecture in "Former CIA Cfficial Speaks about Monitoring Nuclear Agreements"

Sep 20, 2017: NPEC's Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow weighs in on Trump UN Speech in Vox article, "Trump threatened to 'totally destroy' North Korea. I asked 8 experts how worrisome that is"

Mar 16, 2017: RAND Corporation cites NPEC when noting the worrisome long-term threat the Areva reprocessing plant poses in "China's Evolving Nuclear Deterrent: Major Drivers and Issues for the United States"

Mar 08, 2017: CNN's Fareed's Global Briefing spotlights NPEC's analysis of nuclear rivalries in "Kim Jong Un's Strategy is Working"

Mar 08, 2017: The Wall Street Journal cites NPEC's Executive Director on North Korean sales of lithium-6 and its usefulness for making tritium and secondaries in "North Korea Tried to Sell Nuclear-Weapon Material Last Year

Dec 08, 2016: The National Security Archive cites and backs NPEC study on 1979 South African flash as Israeli nuclear test in "The Vela Incident: South Atlantic Mystery Flash in September 1979 Raised Questions about Nuclear Test"

Oct 05, 2016: The Daily Texan article features lecture given by NPEC's Executive Director in  "Intelligence Studies Project, Nuclear Proliferation Project host policy expert." 

Aug 22, 2016: Gordon Chang quotes NPEC Executive Director regarding how to respond in nuclear attacks in "America Must be Ready to Nuke Back Fast"

Jul 27, 2016: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists quotes NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski in "Declaring a no-first-use nuclear policy would be exceedingly risky"

Jun 06, 2016: Christian Science Monitor quotes NPEC Executive Director regarding the risks of condoning Indian proliferation to counterbalance China in "With Modi visit, Obama builds legacy"

Apr 14, 2016: Bloomberg cites NPEC Executive Director on China's previous 123 Agreement violations in  "U.S. Charges Chinese Nuclear Firm, Engineer With Conspiracy"


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More of NPEC’s Work
A chronological listing by resource:

Articles | Working Papers & Monographs | Interviews | Official Docs & Letters | Op-Eds & Blogs | Press Releases | Presentations | Audio & Video | Testimony & Transcripts | Translations
NPEC's Latest
NPEC Articles & Studies
NPEC Books
     Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, Second Edition
Feb 2017
     Nuclear Rules, Not Just Rights: The NPT Reexamined
Feb 2017
     Should We Let the Bomb Spread?
Jul 2016
     Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?
Nov 2014
     Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation
Jun 2014
     Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?
Jul 2013
     The Next Arms Race
Jul 2012
     Pure Risk: Federal Clean Energy Loan Guarantees
Apr 2012
     Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks
Dec 2010
     Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
Jan 2010
     Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Reining in the Risk
Apr 2010
     Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter
Jan 2009
     Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom
Mar 2008
     Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War
Jan 2008
     Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation
Mar 2007
     Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats
May 2006
     Getting Ready for a Nuclear Ready Iran
Jan 2005
     Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice
Nov 2004
     Checking Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Jan 2004
     Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia
Apr 2002
     Planning for a Peaceful Korea
Feb 2001
     Twenty First Century Weapons Proliferation
Jan 2001
     Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation
Jan 2001
     Prevailing in a Well-Armed World: Devising Competitive Strategies Against Weapons Proliferation
Mar 2000
     Fighting Proliferation: New Concerns for the Nineties
Jan 1996
Briefs of Import
from Outside NPEC
The Post and Courier, Tony Bartelme
Dec 10, 2017
Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

Australian National University, M.V. Ramana and Amy King
Dec 10, 2017
A new normal? The changing future of nuclear energy in China

Financial Times, Nick Butler (2)
Dec 10, 2017
Natural gas golden age becomes golden bubble, Jamie Seidel
Dec 10, 2017
China to attack Taiwan ‘the day a US warship visits’: diplomat

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Ali Ahmad (2)
Dec 08, 2017
A Yemeni rebel claim highlights the risk of nuclear power in the Middle East

The State, Avery G. Wilks and Sammy Fretwell
Dec 08, 2017
Governor firing Santee Cooper chairman over nuclear fiasco

The Washington Free Beacon, Charles Russell
Dec 08, 2017
Trump Approves Russia Sanctions for Violating the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty

The Atlantic, Kori Schake
Dec 08, 2017
The North Korea Debate Sounds Eerily Familiar

Washington Examiner, John Siciliano (2)
Dec 08, 2017
Rick Perry says FERC's inability to meet his deadline places grid at risk

The Guardian, Adam Vaughan (3)
Dec 07, 2017
Power from mini nuclear plants 'would cost more than from large ones'

S&P Global Platts, Neal Sandler
Dec 06, 2017
Israel-Italy natural gas pipeline MOU signed, 2025 startup targeted

Nikkei Asian Review, Rimi Inomata
Dec 06, 2017
New engine could make or break Japan's rocket program

Utility Dive, Alison Silverstein
Dec 06, 2017
The IHS Markit electric resiliency study – much less than meets the eye

Middle East Monitor
Dec 05, 2017
Russia to build nuclear fuel depot in Egypt

South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen (5)
Dec 05, 2017
China hopes cold war nuclear energy tech will power warships, drones

Utility Dive, Gavin Bade (2)
Dec 05, 2017
Vogtle completion 'no longer economic,' Georgia PSC staff says

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The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), is a 501 (c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization
founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues. NPEC educates policymakers, journalists,
and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.
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