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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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Oct 15, 2015 The Iran Deal: An Omission We Still Can Fix
The National Review published a piece by NPEC's Executive Director on proliferation risks posed by the diversion of spent fuel from light water reactors (LWRs) such as Bushehr and how remote, automated surveillance of LWRs can address those risks. 
Jul 16, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director Gives Testimony to House Subcommittees on US-China 123 Agreement
Prepared testimony NPEC's executive director gave on July 16, 2015 before a Joint Hearing, "Reviewing the U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement," of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. For a full list of witnesses and more info, click here.
Testimony & Transcripts
Jul 07, 2015 America's Nuclear Deal with China: A Congressional Brief
NPEC's executive director prepared a brief on proliferation concerns regarding the nuclear cooperative (123) agreement with China for senior staffers from embassies, the Hill, and the Executive branch.  To read Mr. Sokolski's complete brief, click here (updated July 7).  It was originally presented at NPEC's dinner seminar "America's Nuclear Deal with China: A Congressional Brief" on March 26, 2015.  A PDF of the presentation slides is available here (updated June 29).
May 26, 2015 The Weekly Standard Calls "Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future" A Must Read
The Weekly Standard reviews NPEC's Executive Director's latest book, Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, and lists it as a must read. A PDF of Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future is available here. 
Oct 22, 2014 Is the IAEA's Safeguard Strategic Plan Sufficient?
Paper presented by Henry Sokolski at the "Potential Verification Roles" panel at the International Safeguards Symposium: Linking Strategy, Implementation and People hosted by the IAEA on October 22, 2014, in Vienna, Austria. For more information about the symposium, click here.
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
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