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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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Sep 10, 2014 Stimson Center Hosts NPEC Panel Discussion on Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation
On September 10, 2014, Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown University and Patrick Roberts of Virginia Tech joined NPEC's executive director and Brian Finlay of the Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative to discuss their chapters from NPEC's latest volume. The event marked the release of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center’s latest research publication, Moving Beyond Pretense:  Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation.  
Presentations; Audio & Video
Jul 10, 2014 NPEC's Executive Director Gives Testimony at House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing "The Future of International Civilian Nuclear Cooperation."
Testimony of NPEC's executive director as presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on July 10, 2014, "The Future of International Civilian Nuclear Cooperation." His full written testimony is also available. See the House Foreign Affairs Committees website for additional witness testimony and a video of the hearing.  
Audio & Video; Testimony & Transcripts
May 08, 2014 IWP Event - Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?
On May 8, 2014, the Institute of World Politics hosted a book release event for the NPEC edited book Nuclear Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach? During this panel discussion, NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski was joined by 3 of the book's contributers and commentary by two nuclear policy experts.
Presentations; Audio & Video
Mar 19, 2014 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Letters to House and Senate Urging Support for Nonproliferation Gold Standard
A bipartisan group of nuclear and security policy experts urge the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to support stricter Congressional oversight of U.S. nuclear cooperation agreements, including H.R. 3766, the nonproliferation Gold Standard. Full text of letters and PDF versions accessible below. 
Official Docs & Letters
Mar 13, 2014 Nuclear Summit Preview - Nuclear Materials Gone Missing: NPEC-Congressional Nuclear Security Working Group Panel
On March 13, 2014, the Congressional Nuclear Security Working Group hosted an event to mark the online release of NPEC's new publication, Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?
Presentations; Audio & Video
Feb 25, 2014 Victor Gilinsky and Henry Sokolski: Serious Rules for Nuclear Power without Proliferation (Working Paper 1302)
Victor Gilinsky, former Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of NPEC, propose five nonproliferation principles to establish a framework for dealing with the main deficiencies in the current NPT regime.  This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in The Nonproliferation Review, © 2014 Taylor & Francis; The Nonproliferation Review is available at:
Occasional Papers & Monographs
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
Jan 30, 2014 NPEC's Executive Director Gives Senate Testimony on Tightening Nonproliferation Rules
Prepared testimony of NPEC's executive director to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 30, 2014, "Section 123: Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreements". For a full list of witnesses and video of the hearing, click here.
Testimony & Transcripts
Nov 14, 2013 Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future
NPEC's executive director presented a lecture at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC.  
Presentations; Audio & Video
Jun 21, 2013 The Weekly Standard Posts NPEC Analysis, "Hucksterism vs. Nonproliferation: Irreconcilable US Nuclear Policies"
In The Weekly Standard, NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski and Program Advisor Victor Gilinsky argue that the Obama's administration's country-to-country approach allows prospective nuclear sales to trump proliferation concerns.
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