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Saudi Nuclear Reader

Catch up on the history, law, and most recent developments regarding Saudi Arabia's civilian nuclear program and a possible US nuclear cooperative agreement.

May 25, 2018


 Saudi Nuclear Reader


I. Overviews

1. May 24, 2018: Letter to Congress on Nuclear Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

2. May 22, 2018: How Bad Might the Middle East's Nuclear Future Get?

3. April 10, 2018: Want Nuclear Controls on Riyadh? Start with Seoul

4. March 27, 2018: How Likely is Atoms for Peace in the Middle East, Starting with Saudi Arabia?

5. March 21, 2018: Keeping the Middle East from Becoming a Nuclear Wild, Wild West

6. March 20, 2018: How to Steer the Saudi Crown Prince Away from a Nuclear Weapon

7. March 14, 2018: A Cautionary Tale for Dealing with Riyadh

8. March 6, 2018: 5 Myths about Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Program

9. March 2, 2018: Giving Riyadh A Permissive Nuclear Deal: A Sure-Fire Way to Get Burned

10. February 22, 2018: No to a Permissive US-Saudi Nuclear Deal

11. February 9, 2018: Understanding the US-Saudi Nuclear Cooperation Controversy

12. February 8, 2018: Is a US 123 with Saudi Arabia Necessary?

13. January 7, 2018: Reactors for Saudi Arabia are Bad Business and Dangerous Diplomacy

14. November 16, 2017: Exporting Power Reactors: No Way to Fight Proliferation


II. Security Concerns

1. March 15, 2018: Saudi Arabia will Create Nuclear Bomb, if Iran Does: Crown Prince

2. March 1, 2018: The Middle East Is Marching Towards Israel's Nuclear Nightmare Scenario

3. March 30, 2017: Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Ambitions and Proliferation Risks

4. March 1, 2017: Working Paper 1701: A Fresh Examination of the Proliferation Dangers of Light Water Reactors

5. July 21, 2015: Saudi Press: We Must Have A Military Nuclear Program Within A Decade


III. Energy Economic Assessments

1. April 5, 2018: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Talks to TIME About the Middle East, Saudi Arabia's Plans and President Trump

2. March 2, 2018: What is Saudi Arabia’s End Game for a 123 Agreement?

3. February 11, 2018: Saudi Arabia Energy Needs and Nuclear Power

4. February 5, 2018: From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables

5. January 4, 2018: The United Arab Emirates’ Nuclear Power Gambit

6. November 27, 2017: Economic Considerations of Nuclear Power Deployment in Saudi Arabia


IV. Relevant Laws and Understandings

1. May 9, 2018: South Korean Nuclear Cooperative Agreements with Middle Eastern States

2. January 20, 2017: NNSA List of 123 Agreements for Peaceful Cooperation

3. November 15, 2011: Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

4. May 21, 2009: Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of the United Arab Emirates

5. June 29, 1981: Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt

6. March 10, 1978: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978


V. The Gold Standard and the Iran Deal

1. December 18, 2017: Saudi Plans to Develop Nuclear Power 

2. March 19, 2014: NPEC’s Executive Director Signs Letters to House and Senate Urging Support for Nonproliferation Gold Standard

3. September 20, 2012: Gold Standard Letter to the President

4. February 14, 2012: NPEC’s Executive Director Signs Letter to Urge Obama to Back Gold Standard

5. May 21, 2009: Relevant Sections of Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (For full text, see #2 in Section IV)

6. May 16, 2008: U.S.-Saudi Arabia Memorandum of Understanding on Nuclear Energy Cooperation


VI. Why Westinghouse is Unlikely to Secure Sales to Saudis

1. January 12, 2018: Westinghouse Pushes for Breakup Fees for its Acquirer and Fights Against a Huge Claim by the Bank Funding its Bankruptcy

2. January 9, 2018: Korea, UAE to Cooperate to Win Saudi Nuclear Project

3. December 13, 2017: White House May Relax 123 Rules for Westinghouse Saudi Nuclear Deal

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