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Nuclear Abolition & The Next Arms Race
As the U.S. reduces its nuclear arsenal, what might the next arms race look like? Assuming current nuclear trends continue, the next two decades will test America’s security and that of its closest allies as they never have been tested before. Before 2020, the United Kingdom could find its nuclear forces eclipsed not only by those of Pakistan, but of Israel and of India. Soon thereafter, France may share the same fate. read more
Jun 13, 2018 Dealing Huge: A Trumpian Arms Control Agenda
The National Interest publishes a new piece by NPEC's Executive Director on the Trump Administration's arms control policies, "Dealing Huge: A Trumpian Arms Control Agenda."
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 15, 2018 May 15 & 18 Book Release Events: Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths
On May 15 and 18, 2018, NPEC held two lunch events to mark the release of its latest book, Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths, by Greg Jones. The events featured talks by Greg Jones and Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Presentations
Apr 30, 2018 April 30 Dinner - Preventing Space Pearl Habors
On April 30, NPEC hosted a dinner seminar on how to prevent "space Pearl Harbors." The dinner featured presentations by Brian Chow, an independent policy analyst; Josh Hartman, Managing Partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Board Member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation; and Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning at the Secure World Foundation.
Presentations
Apr 16, 2018 UC San Diego Guest Lecture: "Modernizing US Strategic Forces and Arms Control: A Trumpian Agenda"
In April 2018, NPEC's Executive Director gave a guest lecture at the University of California, San Diego on Modernizing US Strategic Forces and Arms Control in the Trump Administration.
Presentations
Mar 10, 2018 Tracking Emerging Asian Nuclear Weapons Doctrines - Presentations & Drafts
As part of NPEC's project, "Tracking Emerging Asian Nuclear Weapons Doctrines," experts were commissioned to study the impact of Russian nuclear military doctrine on the doctrines of China and India. Below are presentations on the preliminary findings of this research.
Presentations
Jan 24, 2018 Hinckley Institute of Politics Guest Lecture, "What Future Might U.S. Nuclear Arms Control Have?"
NPEC's Executive Director gives a guest lecture at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics on the future of nuclear arms control.
Presentations
Sep 25, 2017 South Korea's Nuclear Capabilities, Missiles, and the Next War
Zachary Keck, NPEC Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow, has published two articles about nuclear weapons in South Korea. The first argues that redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea would have no military utility while also undermining alliance relations. The second one, co-authored with NPEC Research Coordinator, Leon Whyte, highlights how South Korea could use its reactor-grade plutonium to build a nuclear weapons arsenal. The first article is "4 Reasons America Shouldn't Send Nuclear Weapons to South Korea or Japan." The second article is "Can South Korea Build a Nuclear Bomb in 6 Months?" Both are posted in their entirety below. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Sep 14, 2017 September 14 Hill Lunch - America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem: Tons of "Peaceful" Plutonium
NPEC hosted a Capitol Hill policy lunch forum on September 14, "America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem: Tons of "Peaceful" Plutonium." The forum featured a panel of visiting Diet members and experts from Japan who came to draw attention to the planned expansion of "peaceful" commercial plutonium capacity in Japan, China, and South Korea. If these East Asian nations' plans are realized, thousands of weapons' worth of nuclear explosive material will be stockpiled in the region. Japan and the United States currently have a nuclear cooperative agreement that permits plutonium production. It is up for renewal in July of 2018. The question is: will the United States and Japan exploit this agreement's provision for joint consultations on Japan's plutonium plans? Will Japan defer opening its large commercial plutonium reprocessing plant at Rokkasho next fall? Is it possible to encourage China to defer its plans to begin construction of a similar larger plutonium separation plant? Finally, what are South Korea's plans regarding the recycling of plutonium? Watch the event video below to get answers to these questions. 
Presentations; Audio & Video
Aug 17, 2017 Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem
NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski and Advisory Board member William Tobey publish a piece in Foreign Policy, "Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem,"  discussing the looming problem of plutonium production in Japan, China, and South Korea. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Nov 16, 2016 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Posts NPEC Program Advisor's Analysis "What if nuclear weapons are used?"
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published a piece by NPEC's program adivisor Victor Gilinsky on what the consequences might be if nuclear weapons areused. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
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