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William H. Tobey

William H. Tobey

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Email: william_tobey@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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May 2011

Limiting Transfers of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technology: Issues, Constraints, Options

Report

By Fred McGoldrick, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, May 2011ĖJune 2013, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Fred McGoldrick authored a report, entitled "Limiting Transfers of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technology: Issues, Constraints, Options" that provides†an informed analysis and set of recommendations on how to strengthen restraints on the transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technologies in a manner that would be acceptable to all Nuclear Suppliers Group†members, and would be credible to the major exporting states and industry.

 

 

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March 3, 2011

"Keep Up the Pace of Locking Down the Bomb"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"The WikiLeaks cables reveal an episode in which officials in Yemen ó home of al Qaeda's most active regional branch ó warned that a deadly radioactive source was sitting in building whose only guard had left and whose sole security camera had long been broken. These programs provide the practical means to deal with such threats."

 

AP

April 1, 2016

"Summit Underscores Obama's Mixed Results on Nuclear Security"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Los Angeles Times

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

President Obama convened more than 50 world leaders in Washington this week hoping that international progress on one of his long-standing policy priorities, nonproliferation, would outlast his administration, but the gathering served mostly to highlight the mixed record of Obamaís nuclear agenda.

 

 

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April 4, 2016

"Could There Be a Terrorist Fukushima?"

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The attacks in Brussels last month were a stark reminder of the terroristsí resolve, and of our continued vulnerabilities, including in an area of paramount concern: nuclear security.

The attackers struck an airport and the subway, but some Belgian investigators believe they seemed to have fallen back on those targets because they felt the authorities closing in on them, and that their original plan may have been to strike a nuclear plant. A few months ago, during a raid in the apartment of a suspect linked to the November attacks in Paris, investigators found surveillance footage of a senior Belgian nuclear official. Belgian police are said to have connected two of the Brussels terrorists to that footage.

 

 

AP

March 24, 2016

"The Islamic State is Training Fighters Faster Than We Are"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Islamic State attacks will continue until it is defeated. We are at war ó at war with a ruthless, bloodthirsty, and capable enemy bent on inflicting as much carnage as possible on the United States and its allies. The president did not choose this war, but he must no longer shirk from it.

 

 

AP

March 23, 2016

"The All-Too-Human Reason Nuclear Material Isnít Secure Enough"

Op-Ed, Defense One

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The security failures revealed by Sister Megan Rice at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee were legion, rooted in complacency and poor training. We must have a culture committed to continuous improvement. If people are to create an excellent security culture, they must be trained and certified as competent.

 

 

March 17, 2016

"Reviewing the Administrationís Nuclear Agenda"

Testimony

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Senior Fellow William Tobey testified on March 17, 2016, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Reviewing the Administrationís Nuclear Agenda."

 

 

AP

March 14, 2016

"The Qualities of Command"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The president of the United States has many responsibilities, but none is more important than Article Two of the Constitutionís charge that the president shall be commander in chief of our armed forces.†Anyone who would demean a service memberís heroic pursuit of duty, or even contemplate issuing unlawful orders to commit war crimes and expect them to be obeyed (as Trump did when he threatened to attack the families of terrorists), is unfit for any rank in the U.S. military, let alone service as commander in chief.

 

 

AP

February 3, 2016

"Fresh Thinking on Highly Enriched Uranium Research Reactor Conversions"

Op-Ed, Nuclear Security Matters

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Through several programmatic evolutions, U.S. efforts to convert HEU research reactors and to repatriate fresh and spent fuel, have significantly advanced efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism.† Unavoidable technical and political factors have slowed this progress.† To maintain the programís momentum, fresh thinking will be necessary and deserves support from the executive and legislative branches of government.

 

 

AP

December 3, 2015

"Iran Lied About Its Nuclear Program. What Is the United States Going to Do About It?"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The July deal did not solve the Iran nuclear program. At best it delayed it. America and her allies, however, must join together quickly to prepare for the day in a decade or so when the question will again be upon us.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President†Mikhail Gorbachev.