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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 23, 2009 National Review Online, "Obama's Misguided Nuclear Triad: There are far better plans for arms control than the one Obama is pushing."
The National Review Online publishes an op-ed by NPEC's executive director "Obama's Misguided Nuclear Triad" on the president's draft resolution that he will submit September 24th at the UNSC summit on nuclear nonprolifeation and disarmament.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 17, 2009 Locking Down the NPT
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientsts publishes "Locking down the NPT" by NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski and former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Victor Gilinsky.
Articles
Jun 15, 2009 Letter to Congress on Medical Isotopes
On June 15, 2009, NPEC Exec Director and others signed a letter to urge Congress to provide funding to the National Nuclear Security Administration for the domestic production of medical isotopes using low enriched uranium. 
Official Docs & Letters
Jun 10, 2009 Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control - Working Well Together?
NPEC's executive director gave a presentation "Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control - Working Well Together?" at the conference “Russia and the West – Resetting the Relationship” that was organized by the Aspen Institute.
Presentations
Jun 01, 2009 Ambassador Ford on Nuclear Rights and Wrongs
NPEC releases, "Nuclear Technology Rights and Wrongs: The NPT, Article IV, and Nonproliferation", a chapter by Christopher Ford for NPEC's book Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Ambassador Ford, who previously served as the United States Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, is director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Technology and Global Security.
Articles
May 19, 2009 CFR Event on Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime
Now available: Transcript, audio, and video of "What Should Be Done in the Near Term to Strengthen the Nonproliferation Regime?," a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) panel with Dennis Gormley, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies/Monterey Institute of International Studies; Paul Lettow, adjunct senior fellow at Council on Foreign Relations; Lawrence Scheinman, distinguished professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies/Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. The panel was moderated by Charles D. Ferguson, the Philip D. Reed senior fellow for science and technology at Council on Foreign Relations.
Interviews; Testimony & Transcripts
May 08, 2009 Strengthening The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
In a Council on Foreign Relations interview, NPEC's executive director, Henry Sokolski, discusses how to strengthen the NPT. Transcript, audio and video are available.
Interviews
Apr 21, 2009 Nuclear Abolition and the Next Arms Race (PRESENTATION)
Mr. Sokolski presented this at a DTRA-ASCO event at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Presentations
Apr 19, 2009 How Should the United States and Russia Collaborate to Reduce Future Nuclear Threats and Proliferation Dangers?
NPEC releases "How Should the United States and Russia Collaborate to Reduce Future Nuclear Threats and Proliferation Dangers?" by Robert Zarate. Mr. Zarate is a research fellow at NPEC, and a concurrent legislative fellow at the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. The views expressed in Mr. Zarate's essay are his own.
Working Papers & Monographs
Apr 09, 2009 Von Hippel on the Costs and Benefits of Reprocessing
NPEC releases "The Costs and Benefits of Reprocessing: Why Reprocessing Persists in Some Countries and Not in Others", a study by Frank von Hippel. Dr. von Hippel is a professor at Princeton's W Excerpt: Since 1974, when India tested a nuclear bomb made with plutonium that it separated with U.S. assistance under the Atoms for Peace Program, there has been a debate within the global nuclear-power community about the desirability of reprocessing spent power reactor fuel. Today, about one quarter of the world’s spent fuel is reprocessed. Seven of the 31 countries with nuclear power reactors are having at least some of their spent power-reactor fuel reprocessed. A dozen more countries that had been sending their spent fuel to one of the three merchant reprocessing countries (France, Russia and the U.K.) have decided, however, not to renew their contracts. oodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Articles
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