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The Nonproliferation Regime

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) represents three basic bargains. The first is encapsulated in Articles One and Two of the treaty. They prohibit states with nuclear weapons from transferring them or the means to make them to states that lack nuclear weapons, and ban nonweapons states from acquiring them. The second NPT bargain is set forth in Articles Three, Four, and Six. These articles stipulate that the nuclear weapons states will negotiate in good faith to disarm and will share the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy with nonweapons states. In exchange, the nonweapons states pledge not to acquire nuclear weapons and to allow international inspections of their civilian nuclear facilities and materials to verify whether non-nuclear weapons states are in compliance with the treaty and are not diverting peaceful nuclear activities or materials to make nuclear weapons.

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Oct 26, 2010 Briefing on Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation
Invitation to July 28, 2010 Briefing on Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation: Is Bipartisan Nuclear Arms Control Possible? 
Official Docs & Letters
Oct 21, 2010 Challenge and Response: Nonproliferation Policy in the 112th Congress
Foreign Policy Initiative and NPEC co-hosted, "Challenge and Response: Nonproliferation Policy in the 112th Congress," a panelled discussion about how sound U.S. and international nuclear nonproliferation controls are and how the U.S. might upgrade its nuclear nonproliferation restraints to address these new threats, within the context of Congressional activity.
Oct 02, 2010 Challenging the Myths: A Transatlantic Debate on Nuclear Power and the Civil-Military Dilemma
The "Challenging Myths" debate held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with the Heinrich Böll Foundation brought together international experts, including the Executive Director of NPEC, to discuss the proliferation of "peaceful" nuclear energy and the ramifications.
Audio & Video
Sep 24, 2010 NPEC Submits Testimony to House on Tightening U.S. Nuclear Controls
In response to a request from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA), NPEC's executive director prepared testimony on how to tighten the nonproliferation provisions of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act.  HCFA held its hearing on this question on September 24,2010.
Testimony & Transcripts
Aug 05, 2010 National Review Online, "Nuclear Nonproliferation Games: America is acting like a nuclear chump. We don't need to."
In a National Review Online posting, NPEC's executive director argues that the U.S. needs to condition foreign firms access to the U.S. market and nuclear business upon their willingness to support its nonproliferation goals.
Jul 20, 2010 NPEC Joins Plea for Senate Phase Out of U.S. Exports of Bomb-Usable Uranium
In a recent letter to Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), national-security experts warn that his hold on the American Medical Isotope Production Act, which calls for the steady elimination of "highly enriched" uranium exports, sends the wrong signal to foreign manufactures who utilize this bomb-grade material.
Official Docs & Letters
May 29, 2010 National Review Online, "Obama's Backing of the NPT Final Declaration: Nonproliferation With a Vengence."
NPEC's executive director questions in a blog post for National Review Online if anyone but Iran benefited from the NPT final declaration.
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 17, 2010 Sir Quinlan: Nuclear Zealot for Moderation
NPEC's Executive Director reviews the final book by the late British statesman and nuclear weapons theorist Sir Michael Quinlan, Thinking about Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects, for the U.S. Naval War College Review.
May 06, 2010 Keeping U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation Peaceful
NPEC's executive director makes recommendations on how to revise the Atomic Energy Act for future agreements in his testimony, "Keeping U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation Peaceful".  This testimony was made before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on May 6, 2010, for coverage check out this dispatch from the Global Security Newswire. Watch the video here or read the transcript here.
Testimony & Transcripts
May 02, 2010 Radio Free Europe Interview with NPEC Lays Out NPT Revcon Possibilities and Pitfalls
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interviews NPEC's Executive Director as the NPT Review Conference begins in a discussion focusing on the challenge Iran poses to the treaty and possible ways to get China, Russia and the Nonaligned Movement to support confronting Tehran with UN backed sanctions.
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