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Nuclear Power Economics
What is the relationship between the economics of nuclear power and the proliferation of nuclear weapons? When security and arms control analysts list what has helped keep nuclear weapons technologies from spreading further than they already have, energy economics are rarely, if ever, mentioned. Yet, large civilian nuclear energy programs bring states quite a way towards developing nuclear weapons and it has been energy economics, more than any other force, which has hampered most states’ plans to develop such projects. read more
May 03, 2018 Avoiding a Nuclear Wild, Wild West in the Middle East (Working Paper 1801)
With the Trump Administration’s announcement last fall that it intended to negotiate a civil nuclear cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia, a debate has ensued over how restrictive any such agreement should be over the enrichment of uranium and the reprocessing of plutonium. These nuclear activities can bring a country within weeks of making its first batch of bombs. This announcement immediately raised the question, how much economic sense it made for Saudi Arabia to invest in nuclear power. It also raised a number of security questions. Should the United States allow Riyadh to reprocess and enrich even though these activities could bring Saudi Arabia within weeks of acquiring nuclear weapons? If Washington acceded to this demand by Riyadh, what would be the implications for the terms of nuclear cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Morocco? How would such an agreement impact efforts to tighten the terms of our nuclear understanding with Iran? Would such a permissive deal with Riyadh make it more difficult to say no to Seoul’s demand that we allow them to enrich uranium? All of these questions and more are discussed in this volume’s four sections.
Working Papers & Monographs
Apr 20, 2018 Washington and Moscow Should Focus on Keeping Nuclear Energy Out of the Middle East
NPEC's Executive Director and Alexander Savelyev publish a new piece in The Hill, "Washington and Moscow Should Focus on Keeping Nuclear Energy Out of the Middle East."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Apr 10, 2018 Want Nuclear Controls on Riyadh? Start with Seoul
NPEC's Executive Director and Program Advisor publish a new piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Facing reality in the US-Saudi nuclear agreement: South Korea," explaining a new reason why it is dangerous to cut a permissive civil nuclear cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia that does not require Saudi Arabia to forswear enriching uranium or recycling spent reactor fuel.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 20, 2018 How to Steer the Saudi Crown Prince Away from a Nuclear Weapon
NPEC's Executive Director and Program Advisor publish a new op-ed in The National Interest, "How to Steer the Saudi Crown Prince Away from a Nuclear Weapon"
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 10, 2018 Saudi Arabia and Iran Energy Analyses - Presentations & Drafts
As a part of NPEC's project, "40 Years Hence: Implementing Title V of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978," experts were commissioned to assess the economic and environmental efficacy of alternatives to introducing or expanding nuclear power in a number of developing countries. Below are the energy studies on Saudi Arabia and Iran. Studies on Taiwan, and China, as well as analyses of U.S. energy cooperation spending and the feasability of an Energy Peace Corps,a program called for in Section 502 of Title V, are also available.
Presentations
Mar 10, 2018 U.S. Energy Cooperation Budgets and Energy Peace Corps - Presentations & Drafts
As a part of NPEC's project, "40 Years Hence: Implementing Title V of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978," experts were commissioned to assess the economic and environmental efficacy of alternatives to introducing or expanding nuclear power in a number of developing countries. Below are analyses of U.S. energy cooperation spending and the feasibility of an Energy Peace Corps, a program called for in Section 502 of Title V. Studies on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Taiwan, and China, are also available.
Presentations
Mar 10, 2018 China and Taiwan Energy Analyses - Presentations & Drafts
As a part of NPEC's project, "40 Years Hence: Implementing Title V of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978," experts were commissioned to assess the economic and environmental efficacy of alternatives to introducing or expanding nuclear power in a number of developing countries. Below are the energy studies on China and Taiwan. Studies on Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as annalyses of U.S. energy cooperation spending and the feasability of an Energy Peace Corps, program called for in Section 502 of Title V, are also available.
Presentations
Mar 06, 2018 5 Myths about Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Program
NPEC's Executive Director publishes a new op-ed in The National Interest, "5 Myths about Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Program."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 08, 2018 Is a US 123 with Saudi Arabia Necessary?
Memo questioning the need for a US 123 nuclear cooperative agreement with Saudi Arabia.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jan 07, 2018 Reactors for Saudi Arabia Are Bad Business and Dangerous Diplomacy
NPEC's Executive Director and Board Advisor publish a new op-ed in The Hill, "Reactors for Saudi Arabia are bad business and dangerous diplomacy," about U.S. plans to sign a nuclear umbrella agreement with Saudi Arabia as the first step toward selling the country nuclear power reactors.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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