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Field Note
Understanding technical exchanges conducted between the United States and Russia on inventory management provide insight into how to address current nuclear security challenges
Published August 6, 2021


Resource
Case studies of crises that impact nuclear security provide important opportunities to learn and build resilience into nuclear facilities and organizations
Published July 9, 2021


Commentary
April 2021 marked the fifth anniversary of the 2016 nuclear security summit. The nuclear security summit process was a high point for multilateral progress to strengthen nuclear security, with dozens of world leaders focused on the effort. Recent state …

The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Nuclear Security Read More »

Published June 29, 2021


Field Note
Looking back on the Cooperative Threat Reduction program assistance in improving Russian personnel reliability programs provides valuable insights for today’s experts
Published June 7, 2021


Field Note
Site Visit Prep The windows on the Russian van are blacked out with paint and cardboard covers. Four Americans from the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program climb in and take our seats surrounded by security officers from the Russian Ministry of …

What it’s like to visit a Russian Nuclear Warhead Storage Site Read More »

By William M. Moon
Published April 1, 2021


Event
Featured Speaker Stephen G. Burns, Former Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Stephen G. Burns served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from November 2014 through April 2019 and was designated Chairman by President Ob …

A Nuclear Security Governance Template: How Good Governance Leads to Good Security Read More »

Published March 3, 2021 / Held March 18, 2021


Data Tool
An adaptable and dynamic tool that can strengthen governance mechanisms within nuclear facilities
Published February 25, 2021


Field Note
Under the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, nuclear security served as a common objective for the United States and Russia
Published February 4, 2021


Commentary
2020 presented numerous challenges to nuclear security, including the shift to primarily remote operations and sustaining international cooperation
Published January 21, 2021


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
By Nickolas Roth  ·  Rebecca Earnhardt  ·  Brendan Hyatt
Published January 19, 2021


Policy Memo
The Biden administration must act decisively to reduce the danger of nuclear terrorism through U.S. leadership in the international community
Published January 14, 2021


Field Note
Nuclear security cooperation can be one of the most useful tools for engaging with a former adversary because it represents a strong common purpose to protect nuclear materials from terrorist threats and unauthorized personnel. That shared goal can end …

2000 Russian Ministry of Defense Visit to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base Read More »

By William M. Moon Consultant
Published October 5, 2020


Field Note
International nuclear security cooperation is a key element of reducing nuclear terrorism risks. Stories about this cooperation help to educate nuclear security policymakers and practitioners of its value. The video, below, includes exclusive footage o …

2002 Russian Ministry of Defense Nuclear Security Exercise Read More »

By William M. Moon Consultant
Published July 31, 2020


Policy Paper
Nearly a decade later, however, the global nuclear security landscape has changed. Nuclear security regulations and practices have improved. International institutions and norms supporting global nuclear security architecture are stronger. Countries ha …

IAEA Nuclear Security Recommendations (INFCIRC/225): The Next Generation Read More »

By Nickolas Roth Co-Author
Published July 29, 2020


Commentary
COVID-19 is decimating families, communities, economies, and, if not managed properly could, potentially undermine security at nuclear sites around the globe.
By Nickolas Roth Author
Published April 27, 2020


Announcement
Washington, DC — The Stimson Center has appointed Nickolas Roth as new Director of its Nuclear Security program and Senior Fellow. Under Roth’s direction, the program will focus on interdisciplinary research to strengthen nuclear security implementatio …

Nickolas Roth Joins Stimson as New Director of the Nuclear Security Program Read More »

Published April 22, 2020


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
By Nickolas Roth Co-author
Published April 17, 2020


Op-Ed
This article was originally published in Russia Matters
By Nickolas Roth Co-author
Published April 17, 2020


Report
Stimson, in consultation with nuclear security specialists, regulators, insurers, lawyers, and facility operators, propose a model that encourages nuclear facilities to demonstrate their “duty of care”—the ways in which operators, particularly at the executive and managerial levels, take reasonable care or exercise reasonable skill to address foreseeable threats and correct security vulnerabilities—in a way that would be defensible to a judge or jury.
Published November 16, 2018


Stimson in the News
Read article here.
Published January 23, 2018


Report
  The Stimson Center, World Institute for Nuclear Security, and 39 Essex – UK explore ways nuclear industry actors can demonstrate ‘Duty of Care’ to prevent security incidents, and how this could affect nuclear liability determinations. Read the c …

Lifting The Lid on Nuclear Liability: The Perspectives from the Judicial Bench Read More »

Published January 17, 2018


Report
With the entry into force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM/A), the legal bedrock for physical protection has been extended to cover civilian nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport …

An Industry-Led Governance Framework for Demonstrating Strong Security Read More »

Published November 16, 2017


Stimson in the News
  Watch the interview here. 
Published November 8, 2017


Report
Market competition, along with a trifecta of major nuclear incidents — Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima — have posed barriers to the growth and public acceptance of nuclear power. Liberalization of electricity energy markets has made nuclear …

Re-Energizing Nuclear Security Read More »

Published November 7, 2017


Stimson in the News
The Savannah River Site, in South Carolina, is home to the radioactive fuel that powers hydrogen bombs. It’s one of the most important nuclear facilities in the United States, and right now the workers who keep it safe are on strike. “Most people don’t …

Lovely Umayama Quoted on Strike at US Nuclear Facility Read More »

Published September 13, 2017


Commentary
While Iran and North Korea nuclear challenges capture the news, another nuclear front is unfolding – in nuclear energy. President Donald Trump, speaking last Thursday at the Department of Energy, called for several initiatives to propel “American energ …

Rethinking US Nuclear Policy: Stable Energy vs. Security Risks Read More »

Published July 2, 2017


Commentary
As governments and industries try to understand the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats to civilian nuclear power plants, it is becoming clear that property and information are not the only assets at stake. Public confidence is also at risk. The …

Executive Governance Needed to Counter Threats to Nuclear Plants Read More »

Published April 25, 2017


Issue Brief
Cyber security is the next frontier for nuclear risk managers. Within a short span of time cyber attacks have evolved in sophistication and stealth, making it difficult to develop an effective and adaptive risk management approach. While there is conse …

Demonstrating Due Care: Cyber Liability Considerations for Nuclear Facilities Read More »

Published April 24, 2017


Issue Brief
Nuclear industry supporters are eager to allay public fears about the potential for another severe nuclear incident like Fukushima. A major issue is the possibility of extensive damaging consequences and compensation for those losses, with cyber being …

So You Think Nuclear Plant Liabilities Are Covered? Read More »

Published April 21, 2017


Policy Paper
The long awaited Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) entered into force on 8 May 2016. The tension between State sovereignty and the need for clear international guidance and standards has made the nuclea …

Industry’s Potential Role in Implementing the CPPNM Amendment and Improving Nuclear Security Read More »

Published December 12, 2016


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