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Policymakers and Security Experts on NPEC

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
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy

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


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
Co-founder, Congressional Nuclear Security Working Group

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

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
Former National Security Advisor
Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Former  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

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

The publications and activities of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center have been invaluable to me, my academic colleagues, and my students in understanding the complex and multi-faceted challenges of nonproliferation. In an area often characterized by self-interested and biased arguments, Henry and the NPEC can be counted on for the honest and penetrating analysis that is needed to inform our debates.

Robert Jervis
Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

Henry Sokolski is one of the few individuals and NPEC one of the few organisations that can be relied upon to keep a sharp dispassionate focus on all issues connected with nuclear non-proliferation. Scholars, think-tankers and policy-makers alike have reason to be very grateful.

Sir Lawrence Freedman
Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London

For the last quarter of a century, Henry Sokolski and NPEC’s insightful analysis has illuminated the most pressing nuclear issues and provided timely recommendations to prevent proliferation

Graham T. Allison
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
Harvard Kennedy School


The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center's primary focus is on the potentially dangerous spread of nuclear weapons technology. It also scours the nuclear world for technical information on nuclear industry developments, problems and opportunities. One can disagree or agree with its research, but for me, it’s a good read.

Linden Blue
Co-owner and Vice Chairman
General Atomics

NPEC and Henry Sokolski deserve credit, not just for shooting straight on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, but for working behind the scenes to develop competitive strategies that meld military and diplomatic steps to deal with emerging missile threats and space satellite vulnerabilities.


Simon “Pete” Worden
Executive Director
Breakthrough Initiatives


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


“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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Columnist, The New York Times

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

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 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 Nonproliferation Policy Education Center is a go-to place in Washington for deep, granular, nonpartisan, and actionable research on how to keep the world’s worst weapons out of the hands of the world’s most dangerous people. 

 Mark Dubowitz
Chief Executive
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

“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 

NPEC in the Media

Apr 07, 2021: Asia Times cites latest NPEC report on US security ties with Seoul and Tokyo in "Toward stronger US security ties with Seoul, Tokyo"

Mar 26, 2021: Energy Intelligence cites recent NPEC occasional paper on Chinese plutonium stockpiles in, "China: A Second Reprocessing Plant at Jinta"

Mar 25, 2021: Reuters cites recent NPEC occasional paper on Chinese plutonium stockpiles in, "China nuclear reprocessing to create stockpiles of weapons-level materials-experts"

Mar 24, 2021: Foreign Policy cites NPEC’s program advisor Victor Gilinsky and NPEC’s executive director Henry Sokolski in, "Rafael Grossi Has a Plan to Stop Future Pandemics"

Mar 10, 2021: Al Jazeera cites NPEC analysis in its examination of the risks associated with Turkey’s nuclear power program in, "Turkey’s nuclear power dilemma"

Sep 17, 2020: Foreign Policy cites NPEC in their piece, "Why Israel Should Worry About the Saudi and Emirati Nuclear Programs"

Sep 01, 2020: Aerospace's Center for Space and Policy Strategy cites two NPEC and ABA sponsored space reports in their 2021 space agenda, "Defense Space Partnerships: A Strategic Priority"

Aug 06, 2020: Foreign Policy cites NPEC analysis of what the next 75 nuclear years might bring in their piece, "The Hiroshima Effect"

Jul 21, 2020: Al Jazeera cites NPEC insights on the dangers of building reactors in the Middle East in, “Nuclear Gulf: Is Saudi Arabia pushing itself into a nuclear trap?

Jul 14, 2020: Al Jazeera cites NPEC insights on the dangers of building reactors in the Middle East in, "Nuclear Gulf: Experts sound the alarm over UAE nuclear reactors"

Dec 09, 2019: New York Times runs story quoting NPEC’s executive director on new legislation requiring tighter nonproliferation conditions on future U.S. civil nuclear cooperative agreements, in their piece "U.S. Defense Policy Bill Requires Nuclear Power Inspections for Saudi Arabia: Sources"

Sep 22, 2019: The Times of Israel cites NPEC's Executive Director on the United State's refusal to acknowledge Israel's nuclear weapons program in, "Did the Carter administration cover up a 1979 Israeli nuclear test?"

Sep 18, 2019: Bloomberg cites NPEC's Executive Director on Trump administration's ambiguous adaptation of the gold standard in "U.S. Says Saudis Must Forgo Enrichment for Nuclear Sharing Deal"

Sep 18, 2019: Reuters cites NPEC's Executive Director on troubling plans to construct a nuclear reactor after drone strikes against Saudi oil infrastructure in "Update 1-U.S. senators urge Trump administration to end nuclear talks with Saudis"

Jun 04, 2019: NBC News cites NPEC's Executive Director on the Trump Administration negotiations with the Saudis in "Trump admin gave green light to nuclear permits for Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killing"

May 09, 2019: Al-Monitor cites a Washington Examiner article written by NPEC Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Executive Director, Mark Dubowitz, in their piece "Congress tries to defund US nuclear transfers to Saudi Arabia"


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VIRTUAL TALK: April 22, 2021: The New Day After: Accurate Missiles in the Middle East

Title: The New Day After: Accurate Missiles in the Middle East
Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm EDT
Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL TALK: April 12, 2021: Lecture at University of San Diego, "Dr. Strangelove's New Passion: Precision-Guided Mayhem"

Title: Dr. Strangelove's New Passion: Precision-Guided Mayhem 
Date: April 12, 2021
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
Location: Virtual

To watch the full presentation click here.

NPEC Books
     Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, Second Edition
Jan 2019
     Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths by Gregory S. Jones
Apr 2018
     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
South China Morning Post, Masha Borak & Yujie Hue
Apr 04, 2021
How Shenzhen, the hi-tech hub of China, became the drone capital of the world

Secure World Foundation, Brian Weeden & Victoria Samson
Apr 01, 2021

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Todd Harrison, Kaitlyn Johnson, Joe Moye, Makena Young
Apr 01, 2021

Nuclear Engineering International (15)
Apr 01, 2021
OPG and Moltex launch project to recycle Candu fuel, Gina Harkins
Apr 01, 2021
Marines' Drone-Killing Lasers Get Even More Powerful After Upgrades

Mar 30, 2021
‘No emergency drill conducted at Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant this year’

Foreign Policy, Jack Detsch
Mar 30, 2021
The U.S. Army Goes to School on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Clean Technica, Michael Barnard (2)
Mar 29, 2021
Nuclear Security Represents $4 Billion Annual Subsidy In US, Trillion All Costs For Fleet For Full Lifecycle

Janes, Kosuke Takahashi
Mar 29, 2021
Tokyo urged to increasingly focus on high-power microwave- and laser-based weapons

Focus Taiwan CAN English News, Wang Chao-yu and Teng Pei-ju
Mar 28, 2021
Taipower returns final batch of nuclear fuel rods to U.S.

Energy Intelligence Group, Dennis Engbarth
Mar 26, 2021
NRA Slams the Door on Kashiwazaki Kariwa Restarts

Energy Intelligence Group, Stephanie Cooke (2)
Mar 26, 2021
China: A Second Reprocessing Plant at Jinta

Nasdaq, Timothy Gardner, Reuters
Mar 25, 2021
China nuclear reprocessing to create stockpiles of weapons-level materials -experts

Reuters, Ben Blanchard (2)
Mar 25, 2021
Taiwan says has begun mass production of long-range missile

Foreign Policy, Michael Hirsh (2)
Mar 24, 2021
Rafael Grossi Has a Plan to Stop Future Pandemics

Defense News, Aaron Mehta (8)
Mar 23, 2021
Portable nuclear reactor project moves forward at Pentagon

Stars and Stripes, Sarah Cammarata
Mar 23, 2021
Admiral nominated to lead Indo-Pacific forces contradicts current commander on Chinese nuclear stockpile

Taiwan Report, Michael Turton
Mar 23, 2021
Nukes and Reefs in the News

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Frank N. von Hippel
Mar 22, 2021
Bill Gates’ bad bet on plutonium-fueled reactors

International Panel on Fissile Materials, Hui Zhang (2)
Mar 21, 2021
China starts construction of a second 200 MT/year reprocessing plant

Taipei Times, Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin
Mar 19, 2021
Fourth Nuclear Plant activation ‘no option’: Tsai

The Jerusalem Post, Michael Starr
Mar 19, 2021
Canadian drone tech used in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - report

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Matt Kemper (6)
Mar 19, 2021
Georgia Power now says Vogtle nuclear ‘likely’ to bust deadline

Union of Concerned Scientists, Edwin Lyman (2)
Mar 18, 2021
"Advanced" Isn\'t Always Better

American Purpose, Henry Sokolski
Mar 17, 2021
Dr. Strangelove’s New Passion: Precision-Guided Mayhem

American Purpose
Mar 17, 2021
Mar. 17, 2021: Henry Sokolski discusses "Dr. Strangelove’s New Passion: Precision-guided Mayhem."

Bloomberg, Bruce Einhorn
Mar 17, 2021
Combat Drones Made In China are Coming to a Conflict Near You

Forbes, David Axe (2)
Mar 17, 2021
Italy’s Extra Aircraft Carrier Could Become A Floating Space Base

The Cipher Brief, Carmen Medina
Mar 17, 2021
And One More Thing: Further Thoughts on How the IC Can do Better

Al Jazeera (6)
Mar 16, 2021
Saudi Arabia wants to buy Turkey’s armed drones: Erdogan

Space News, Andrew Jones (4)
Mar 16, 2021
China to construct commercial spaceport to support booming space industry

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Victor Gilinsky & Henry Sokolski (6)
Mar 15, 2021
For the NPT to work, plutonium has to go

The Guardian, Dan Sabbagh
Mar 15, 2021
Cap on Trident nuclear warhead stockpile to rise by more than 40%

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