Then here’s a brief list of a few good Twitter sites tweeting about nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear material security, and nuclear science: Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) Global Security Newswire (of the Nuclear Threat Initiative) The American Nuclear Society Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program International Atomic Energy Agency CERN, the...
Fukushima’s nuclear reactor problems continue →
dallalicious: “The Fukushima reactor and radiation levels remain an ongoing issue; a physicist warns Japan’s leadership about nuclear facility as new problems emerge at the power plant. Furthermore, radiation has been detected in the drinking water of some US Cities and Reactor 4’s imminent collapse could create a mass extinction for both humans and animals.”
mynuclearlife: Some of the best footage I could find of Pripyat, in Ukraine. The abandoned city is 3 kilometers from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant site.
Nuclear News: Monday, May 7, 2012
Thousands march as Japan shuts off all nuclear power. Nearly a year after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi plant and forced thousand of Japanese to evacuate their homes, Japan has shut down its last nuclear reactor. (Komonews) U.S. and Europe Warn Iran on Nuclear Talks. Two weeks before the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries resume in...
Inching Forward at the Seoul Nuclear Security... →
“Sharon Squassoni, Director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains that ‘leaders failed to connect the dots between nuclear fuel cycle choices and their impact on nuclear security. This is a particularly important issue for Asia.’” (Published in the Asia Pacific Bulletin of the East-West Center.)
Developing a system commensurate with the risk and... →
“A hot mic shouldn’t overshadow a dirty bomb. The Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul ended recently with two dominant story lines: President Obama’s “hot mic” comments to Russian President Medvedev and the 53 participating governments congratulating themselves on the summit’s outcomes. Both miss the key strategic problem the Seoul Summit did not address: the need...
Nuclear security starts at home. →
Take a moment from the Iran hype to familiarize yourself with the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals.
A Blueprint for Solving the Iran Crisis →
the-diplomat: There’s much pessimism surrounding this week’s scheduled talks over Iran’s nuclear program. But a quid pro quo approach offers a solution.
Fear Itself: Americans Believe Iran Threat on Par... →
rcabbasi: A new poll shows that Americans today are more afraid of Iran than they were of the USSR in 1985, a peak of the Cold War. Worth a read. So why do Americans see Iran today as a threat on par with the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s? In a Foreign Affairs piece arguing that the U.S. is safer than either Americans or U.S. policymakers think, Zenko and Michael Cohen suggest three...
Suspected cyber attack hits Iran oil industry |... →
awkwardintel: (Reuters) - Iran is investigating a suspected cyber attack on its main oil export terminal and on the Oil Ministry itself, Iranian industry sources said on Monday. A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island - which handles the vast majority of Iran’s crude oil exports - but the terminal remained operational, a source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)...
Fearful of a nuclear Iran? The real WMD nightmare... →
(Charles P. Blaire, 1 March 2012) Article Highlights Syria has one of the largest and most sophisticated chemical weapons programs in the world and may also possess offensive biological weapons. Longstanding terrorist groups and newly arrived Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters from Iraq have been active in Syria during that country’s recent insurgency. The United States and regional powers...
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program →
For the hardcore academic who wants to be part of the Council on Foreign Relations club.
The U.S. Once Dropped an Atomic Bomb on a South... →
A Beginner's Guide to Nuclear Policy Think Tanks,...
Exclusively Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Oriented: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) Project on Managing the Atom (Harvard University) Council for a Livable World Nuclear...
Nuclear Security Centers of Excellence: Fact Sheet →
Many people are unaware of the Nuclear Security Summit process in general, meaning even fewer are aware of the specific ideas that come out of that process. One of these ideas is the establishment of Centers of Excellence (COE) dedicated to nuclear material security and nuclear education. There are many different types of COE, and because many COE are extremely new, there are many problems...
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Is Far From Over →
guiseppegetto: “Spent reactor fuel, containing roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl, still sits in pools vulnerable to earthquakes.”
Nuclear News: Iran Edition
Because the Interwebz is once again a-twitter with thought provoking (varying from intriguing to infuriating) rhetoric about Iran. “Iran—Nuclear Weapons, Not Energy” Rizwan Ladha challenges the Iranian government’s claim that their nuclear enrichment program is aimed at developing nuclear energy and NOT nulcear weapons, as many international observers claim. However, Ladha...
Nuclear News: Monday, April 23, 2012
“Nuclear weapons reductions must be part of strategic analysis.” Henry A. Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft take a look at the strategic concerns of nuclear arms reductions in the US and Russia, using the New START Treaty as a jumping off point. (Washington Post) “India’s Agni V sends strong nuclear signal.” Dr. Namrata Goswami weighs in on the recent launch of...
Nuclear News: Monday, April 2, 2012
New Generation Of US Nuclear-Powered Drones Would Be Able To Fly For Months Without Refueling. Sandia National Laboratories and Northrop Gumman have set out to develop blueprints for nuclear-powered drones that would be able to fly for months. Currently, drones can fly for a few days before refueling. The new design seeks to address three problems: “insufficient hang time over a potential...
Facts & Figures: Highly Enriched Uranium
Highly Enriched Uranium is uranium that is more than 20 percent U-235. It is nuclear-weapon-usable uranium, compared to low-enriched uranium (LEU), which has less than 20% concentrated U-235. LEU is the recommended type of uranium for civilian nuclear programs; Iran’s stockpile of HEU is just one reason why Western governments doubt the country’s claim of pursuing nuclear power for...
A Nuclear Bomb Would Not Destroy DC
laboratoryequipment: Hollywood has destroyed Washington — or New York or Los Angeles — lots of times with nuclear bombs detonated by terrorists. It turns out to be harder in real life. Thinking about the unthinkable, a U.S. government study analyzed the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House. It predicted terrible devastation...
The best way to eliminate the nuclear threat anywhere is by eliminating nuclear...– Ban Ki-moon in speech at the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Republic of Korea, 27 March 2012 (via mirorokinrara)
Iran is an example of the significant threat posed to global security by a...– Bishop Richard Pates (Des Moines) Considering the the setbacks that Iran’s nuclear program has faced in recent years, it is rather irresponsible to focus so much of our effort on a country that does not have the capability to build these weapons. Iran should be kept on the back burner for...
South Korea Hosts 2012 Nuclear Security Summit
statedept: Today, the Republic of Korea hosted more than 50 world leaders for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. During the opening plenary session, President Barack Obamasaid: “…This gathering is a tribute to the nations that contribute to security and peace that’s playing a leading role around the globe and that’s taking its rightful place on the world stage. When I hosted the first...
Nuclear News: Friday, March 30, 2012
World Leaders to Strengthen Nuclear Security: Statement Text The official joint-declaration of the leaders of nearly 50 countries who participated in the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, held on March 26th and 27th. (Bloomberg) The Legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit Mark Hibbs breaks down the purpose of the Nuclear Security Summit process, the progress made since 2010,...
U.S. media takes the lead on Iran
cantorknox: BY GLENN GREENWALD Many have compared the coordinated propaganda campaign now being disseminated about The Iranian Threat to that which preceded the Iraq War, but there is one notable difference. Whereas the American media in 2002 followed the lead of the U.S. government in beating the war drums against Saddam, they now seem even more eager for war against Iran than the U.S....
Nuclear News: Monday February 13, 2012
Don’t Like Nuclear Proliferation? Ban the Bomb. Rajan Menon talks briefly about why America’s current non-proliferation policy is counterproductive and what steps the P5 nations (esp. Russia and the US) should take to stop the proliferation of nuclear warheads. (Huffington Post) Iran: Nuclear facilities immune to cyber attacks. Iran has been waging a cyber war since 2010 against...