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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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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.
Articles
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.
Interviews
Apr 22, 2010 The NPT's Untapped Potential to Prevent Proliferation
NPEC releases the introduction to its forthcoming book, "Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty", which discusses the NPT's untapped potential to prevent proliferation, published by the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.
Working Papers
Apr 19, 2010 The Nuclear Crowd
In a recent Armed Forces Journal article, NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski discusses "The nuclear crowd: Global proliferation trends that will test America's security."  Sokolski comments on the recent U.S.-Russian nuclear agreement, and describes implications of U.S. nuclear policy in general.
Articles
Apr 15, 2010 18 NPEC Policy Recommendations Adopted by Final Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism unanimously adopted 18 of NPEC’s recommendations in four areas of policy—(i) U.S. nuclear policy, (ii) IAEA and international nuclear safeguards reform, (iii) implementation of the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperative Agreement and the prevention of arms races in Asia, and (iv) strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). The attached document describes these recommendations in detail.
Official Docs & Letters
Apr 12, 2010 National Review Online, "Puffing Up the Nuclear Summit: What's Being Ignored."
A new blog posting, "Puffing Up the Nuclear Summit: What's Being Ignored" in the National Review Online by NPEC's executive director argues that while the Obama administration focuses on nuclear security at its summit the production of more dangerous fissile materials is not getting its dues.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Nov 09, 2009 NATO Assembly Adopts NPEC's Recommendations on IAEA Safeguards
A new report released at NATO's Parliamentary Assembly's 2009 Annual Meeting commends NPEC for its suggestions to improve the IAEA's inspections capacity. See section 101 of the committee report.
Official Docs & Letters
Oct 21, 2009 Congressional WMD Commission Progress Report Pushes NPEC Nuclear Recommendations
The Congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction in its first assessment of the Obama Administration urged the White House and Congress to act on four nuclear recommendations made by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC). 
Press Releases
Sep 25, 2009 NPEC's Executive Director on C-SPAN
NPEC's executive director was interviewed on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" on Obama's push for new disarmament and nonproliferation policies at the UN. President Obama spoke at the United Nations on Thursday as part of an effort to slow the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce global stockpiles. Henry Sokolski discusses both the Administration's & U.N.’s efforts and its approach to Iran.
Interviews; Audio & Video
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