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Nuclear Power Economics
What is the relationship between the economics of nuclear power and the proliferation of nuclear weapons? When security and arms control analysts list what has helped keep nuclear weapons technologies from spreading further than they already have, energy economics are rarely, if ever, mentioned. Yet, large civilian nuclear energy programs bring states quite a way towards developing nuclear weapons and it has been energy economics, more than any other force, which has hampered most states’ plans to develop such projects. read more
Nov 16, 2017 Exporting Power Reactors: No Way to Fight Proliferation
In an article published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Exporting Power Reactors: No Way to Fight Proliferation," NPEC Executive Director Henry Sokolski and NPEC Program Advisor Victor Gilinsky explain the problems with the argument that the U.S. government must subsidize nuclear power reactor construction abroad in order to promote nonproliferation. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Oct 23, 2017 Stop Wasting Tax Dollars on Failing Nuclear Projects
The Hill features an opinion peice co-authored by NPEC's Executive Director entitled "Stop Wasting Tax Dollars on Failing Nuclear Projects."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Oct 02, 2017 What South Korea Doesn't Need: Nuclear Submarines
NPEC's Executive Director and Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow publish a new piece in The National Interest, "South Korea is about to Make a $7 Billion Nuclear Submarine Blunder,"  about South Korea's interest in developing extremely expensive nuclear submarines, which also raises nuclear proliferation concerns. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Sep 13, 2017 Is America Overprotecting Its Commercial Nuclear Industries?
The National Interest features an article by NPEC's program advisor and executive director entitled "Is America Overprotecting Its Commercial Nuclear Industries?"
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 25, 2016 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Second Letter Urging Department of Energy to Defer Plutonium's Commercial Use
13 former senior energy and national security officials sign a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz to terminate a costly DOE plutonium fuel fabrication project (known as the mixed oxide or MOX program) designed to make plutonium–based fuels for US power reactors. The letter was featured in an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post, "Obama plan to defund Savannah River plutonium conversion plant draws fire." The letter was the second sent to Secretary Moniz, with the first being available to read here.
Official Docs & Letters
Nov 25, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director testifies before the Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission
Prepared testimony of NPEC's Executive Director for the Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission public session "Security and Nonproliferation Risks," on November 25, 2015. For a full list of witnesses and more information about the session click here. This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in The Nonproliferation Review, © 2016 Taylor & Francis; The Nonproliferation Review is available here. 
Testimony & Transcripts
Nov 06, 2015 How France is Fueling Japan and China's Nuclear 'Race'
The National Interest published a piece by NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and former NRC Commissioner Victor Gilinsky about how France is helping to support industrial policies that make no economic sense and potentially threaten a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Sep 08, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Letter Urging Department of Energy to Defer Plutonium's Commercial Use
14 former senior energy and national security officials sign a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz to terminate a costly DOE plutonium fuel fabrication project (known as the mixed oxide or MOX program) designed to make plutonium–based fuels for US power reactors. The letter was featured in an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post, "Energy secretary is urged to end U.S. nuclear fuel program at Savannah River." Many of the points highlighted in the letter and article were discussed in an earlier proposal by NPEC, A Mutually Beneficial Policy on Plutonium Fuels.  
Official Docs & Letters
Oct 20, 2014 Victor Gilinsky: Rethinking Nuclear Power Risks
Victor Gilinsky conducts a presentation entitled "Rethinking Nuclear Power Risks" at the PIIC Beijing Conference in Hangzhou, China on October 20, 2014.
Presentations
Feb 10, 2014 National Review Online Posts NPEC Analysis, "'Flexible' Nuclear Trade"
On February 10, 2014,  National Review Online posted an article that recounts a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which members of Congress rightly questioned the wisdom of the Obama administration's 'flexible' approach to nuclear trade, which actually may have dangerous proliferation consequences in the future.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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