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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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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.
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.
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.
Apr 21, 2009 Nuclear Abolition and the Next Arms Race (PRESENTATION)
Mr. Sokolski presented this at a DTRA-ASCO event at Fort Belvoir, VA.
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.
Feb 04, 2008 Towards a New Consensus on Nuclear Technology, Vol. 1 (1979)
This report is also available on Albert Wohlstetter Dot Com, the website for NPEC"s project to highlight the continuing relevance of the Wohlstetters" work on limiting and managing proliferation and other nuclear dangers
Working Papers & Monographs
Dec 21, 2007 The Weekly Standard, "Policy Implosion: Bush Backs Moscow's Fueling of Bushehr."
This article on U.S. nuclear policy towards Iran and Russia is also available on The Weekly Standard"s website
Op-Eds & Blogs
Oct 09, 2007 "Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom"
NPEC's executive director's presentation  before The Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.
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