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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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Nov 16, 2017 Exporting Power Reactors: No Way to Fight Proliferation
In an article published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Exporting Power Reactors: No Way to Fight Proliferation," NPEC Executive Director Henry Sokolski and NPEC Program Advisor Victor Gilinsky explain the problems with the argument that the U.S. government must subsidize nuclear power reactor construction abroad in order to promote nonproliferation. 
Nov 07, 2017 Former Bush Officials Back East Asia Plutonium Production Pause
NPEC recently asked some of the most senior Bush 41 and Bush 43 nuclear security officials to endorse the 2017 Joint Statement of the International Conference on Japan's Plutonium Policy. That statement called for Japan to indefinitely postpone Rokkasho's startup and for South Korea and China to suspend their plans to separate plutonium as well. 
Oct 12, 2017 John Batchelor Show Interview on Decertification of the Iran Deal and the Case for a Follow-On Agreement
John Batchelor and Gordon Chang interview NPEC's Executive Director on the possible decertification of the Iran Deal and the case for a follow-on agreement.
Apr 06, 2017 Putting the Nonproliferation Back in the NPT
NPEC's Program Advisor and Executive Director publish a piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Putting the nonproliferation back in the NPT," critiquing the three pillars view of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 01, 2017 A Fresh Examination of the Proliferation Dangers of Light Water Reactors (Working Paper 1701)
Dr. Gilinsky -- a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner during the Ford, Carter and Reagan Administrations -- co-authored this report with Marvin Miller and Harmon Hubbard in October 2004. The report's larger argument was recently cited in Bret Stephen's column, "Giving Iran the Bomb" (Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2006). NPEC rereleased the report in March 2017 with an updated introduction.
Working Papers & Monographs
Jan 04, 2017 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Posts "The Real German Submarine Scandal"
NPEC's Program Adviser clarifies how loopholes in the NPT are being exploited by Germany and others to get nonweapon states like Israel the means to deliver nuclear weapons in piece entitled, "The Real German Submarine Scandal." 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 08, 2016 The Diplomat praises NPEC's latest book, "Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future"
The Diplomat reviews NPEC's Executive Director's latest book, Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, praising it as a "thoughtful and sobering study."
Feb 04, 2016 NPEC Executive Director Presents "Underestimated" at Hinckley Institute
On February 4, 2016, NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski gave a presentation at the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah on his latest publication, "Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future."
Audio & Video
Jan 19, 2016 The Other Dangers From That North Korean Nuke Test
NPEC Executive Director and Program Advisor co-author piece in The Wall Street Journal detailing dangerous potential developments in North Korea in "The Other Dangers From That North Korean Nuke Test"
Op-Eds & Blogs
Dec 08, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director Gives Testimony to House on Moderating Pakistan's Nuclear Posture
NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, will testify on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, & Trade hearing on "Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences" For a full list of witnesses and more info, click here      
Testimony & Transcripts
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and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.
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