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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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Feb 25, 2016 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Second Letter Urging Department of Energy to Defer Plutonium's Commercial Use
13 former senior energy and national security officials sign a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz to terminate a costly DOE plutonium fuel fabrication project (known as the mixed oxide or MOX program) designed to make plutonium–based fuels for US power reactors. The letter was featured is an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post, "Obama plan to defund Savannah River plutonium conversion plant draws fire." The letter was the second sent to Secretary Moniz, with the first being available to read here.
Official Docs & Letters
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
Nov 26, 2015 Japanese Newspaper, The Mainichi Shimbun, References NPEC Tokyo Event
The New Diplomacy Initiative in Tokyo, Japan, cohosted an event with NPEC on November 06, 2015 on plutonium recycling in East Asia. The event included presentations by four experts, and was covered in the Japanese media, first being featured in an article by the Asahi Shimbun, and most recently in an article by the Mainichi Shimbun. The translation of the latest article is below.
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. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
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).
Presentations
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. 
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