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Jun 21, 2018 Intelligence and Policy Community Cooperation in the Libya WMD Disarmament Case (Occasional Paper 1802)
As the Trump Administration prepares to negotiate with North Korea, a question has arisen as to what model Washington should follow. National Security Advisor John Bolton has suggested that the Libyan nuclear case represents the best example to emulate. Given the violence Libya suffered after it disarmed, this recommendation provoked criticism, not only from the North Korean government, but a number of American analysts.    Anticipating the importance of this case, NPEC commissioned William Tobey, former Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, to write a primary history. Mr. Tobey served on the National Security Council in the Bush (43) Administration when the Libyan nuclear case was being worked.    For his primary history, Tobey conducted extensive history. Shortly after it was completed, the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence presented him with the prestigious Studies in Intelligence Award for 2018. 
Working Papers & Monographs
May 25, 2018 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 24, 2018 John Batchelor Show Interviews on Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Bomb
John Batchelor interviews NPEC's Executive Director on the possibility of renegotiating the Iran Deal, the proposed US civilian nuclear cooperative agreementwith Saudi Arabia, and the important distinction between safeguarding and monitoring. 
Interviews; Audio & Video
May 24, 2018 Letter to Congress on Nuclear Cooperation with Saudi Arabia
On May 24, 2018, 14 nuclear security experts, including NPEC's Executive Director, sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The letter called on Congress "to make sure that with any cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia, our government does what is necessary to ensure that Saudi Arabia does not reprocess spent fuel or enrich uranium, whether it buys reactors or reactor components from U.S.-based firms or not." The letter was featured in a Washington Post piece, "Pompeo: Saudis must not enrich uranium if it seeks civilian nuclear cooperation."
Official Docs & Letters
May 22, 2018 How Bad Might the Middle East's Nuclear Future Get?
NPEC's Executive Director introduces his new op-ed in Foreign Policy, "In the Middle East, Soon Everyone Will Want the Bomb."
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 10, 2018 May 10 Hill Lunch - The Nonproliferation Act 40 Years On: Can it Deal with the Middle East?
On May 10, NPEC hosted a public Capitol Hill lunch seminar, "The Nonproliferation Act 40 Years On: Can it Deal with the Middle East?" on Capitol Hill to mark the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978 (NNPA). Its panel of experts included Mark Holt, a Specialist in Energy Policy at the Congressional Research Service; Tom Karako, a Senior Fellow at CSIS; Leonard Weiss, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and a key author of the NNPA; and Greg Weiner, a Professor of Political Science at Assumption College. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, former Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and current Chair of its Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, also spoke about the importance of congressional oversight over international nuclear agreements. 
Presentations
May 09, 2018 South Korean Nuclear Cooperative Agreements with Middle Eastern States
Below are nuclear cooperative agreements South Korea has reached with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan. The Saudi agreement was secured from the South Korean government; the others were graciously supplied from the personal files of Sharon Squassoni, Professor at George Washington University.
May 03, 2018 Avoiding a Nuclear Wild, Wild West in the Middle East (Working Paper 1801)
With the Trump Administration’s announcement last fall that it intended to negotiate a civil nuclear cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia, a debate has ensued over how restrictive any such agreement should be over the enrichment of uranium and the reprocessing of plutonium. These nuclear activities can bring a country within weeks of making its first batch of bombs. This announcement immediately raised the question, how much economic sense it made for Saudi Arabia to invest in nuclear power. It also raised a number of security questions. Should the United States allow Riyadh to reprocess and enrich even though these activities could bring Saudi Arabia within weeks of acquiring nuclear weapons? If Washington acceded to this demand by Riyadh, what would be the implications for the terms of nuclear cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Morocco? How would such an agreement impact efforts to tighten the terms of our nuclear understanding with Iran? Would such a permissive deal with Riyadh make it more difficult to say no to Seoul’s demand that we allow them to enrich uranium? All of these questions and more are discussed in this volume’s four sections.
Working Papers & Monographs
Apr 20, 2018 Washington and Moscow Should Focus on Keeping Nuclear Energy Out of the Middle East
NPEC's Executive Director and Alexander Savelyev publish a new piece in The Hill, "Washington and Moscow Should Focus on Keeping Nuclear Energy Out of the Middle East."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Apr 10, 2018 Want Nuclear Controls on Riyadh? Start with Seoul
NPEC's Executive Director and Program Advisor publish a new piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Facing reality in the US-Saudi nuclear agreement: South Korea," explaining a new reason why it is dangerous to cut a permissive civil nuclear cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia that does not require Saudi Arabia to forswear enriching uranium or recycling spent reactor fuel.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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