Most governments, including our own, have made the global development of nuclear power a priority in their efforts to assure energy security and to curb global warming. Supporters of nuclear power argue that the attendant nuclear weapons proliferation dangers are manageable either by making future nuclear plants more “proliferation-resistant” or by strengthening International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and acquiring more timely intelligence on proliferators.
How sound is this view? How useful might civilian nuclear programs be for states that want to quickly acquire nuclear weapons? Are current International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear safeguards sufficient to block military nuclear diversions from civilian programs? Are there easy fixes to upgrade these controls? How much can we count on more timely intelligence on proliferators to stem the further spread of nuclear weapons?
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Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation
A Book Release Event
Wednesday September 10, 2014
The Stimson Center
1111 19th St., NW - 12th floor
Washington, DC 20036
Brian Finlay, Managing Director, Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative
Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Patrick S. Roberts, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech