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Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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March 29, 2013

Safeguards for Pyroprocessing Plants

Media Feature

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen discussed pyroprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, its proliferation risks, and safeguards.

 

Summer 2011

"After Fukushima: How Should Nuclear Regulators Respond?"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

With the nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor continuing more than a month after the initial damage and radiation leaks, several Center experts responded to the question of what actions should be taken now by nuclear regulators around the world.

 

AP

January 2015

"Beyond Implementation Day: A Brief Statement on U.S. Policy Toward Iran"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

For more than three years, members of the bipartisan Iran Study Group have convened regularly under the auspices of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy to discuss the status of the Iran nuclear issue, frequently benefitting from the input of senior administration officials. Last June, with the target date looming for completion of the nuclear talks, members of the group issued a statement offering their consensus view on aspects of those negotiations and on broader U.S. Middle East policy. As the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) now moves into a new phase with Implemen- tation Day, members of the group believe it is timely and appropriate to issue this new consensus statement on U.S. policy. The Belfer Center's Olli Heinonen joined the Iran Study Group to produce the attached detailed statement.

 

 

AP

January 21, 2016

"Beyond Implementation Day: Transparency and Enforcement for the Long Term"

Op-Ed

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Implementation Day marked the beginning of the true test of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The success of the JCPOA in containing Iran’s nuclear capabilities depends on full transparency and vigorous verification and monitoring. While the JCPOA caps Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in the early years, the deal may, over the long term, contribute to a proliferation cascade that will make the world’s most volatile region all the more combustible.

 

 

AP

November 4, 2015

"Addressing the Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program"

Op-Ed, Institute for Science and International Security

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, David Albright and Andrea Stricker

While Iran continues to keep the pressure on to weaken the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) effort to get to the bottom of the well-founded allegations that it had a nuclear weapons program, the Obama administration is giving the impression that it is softening its position on this critical issue. The administration should publicly state that the results of the IAEA’s investigation are critical and are linked to sanctions relief.

 

 

August 2015

"Inspecting Parchin and Beyond"

Op-Ed, Iran Task Force

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Inspections at Parchin are again in the limelight. Questions and concerns have been raised over whether the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is getting the requisite physical access to the site to collect meaningful information. These questions are salient since Parchin—where the IAEA has long had questions about high-explosive work connected to the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran’s nuclear program and subsequently, about the years of sanitization carried out at the base—will likely become the standard for access given to other military and suspect sites under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

 

 

August 3, 2015

"The nuclear club: Old weapons die hard as new ones are born"

Op-Ed, Washington Examiner

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Two flashes, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki, extinguished the lives of 200,000 people, made equally large by the amount of suffering resulting from the consequences that the blast and radiation generated. This was also the start of the nuclear armament race, first between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, soon followed by the United Kingdom, France and China.

The two Cold War adversaries and environment the Cold War generated held the nuclear aspirations of the allies at bay. The warning by President Kennedy of a nightmare scenario of several dozen states gaining nuclear weapons in the coming age unless steps were taken did not materialize. Security guarantees by the U.S. and Soviet Union to their allies, access to peaceful nuclear technology and the conclusion of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in 1968 were medicines to curb nuclear proliferation.

 

 

AP

June 24, 2015

"Verifying a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran"

Op-Ed

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Unfettered access to sites, facilities, material, equipment, people, and documents is imperative to the credible long-term verification of any nuclear agreement with Iran. This “anywhere, anytime” access and short notice inspections must not be subject to a dispute resolution mechanism, which would delay the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) access.

 

 

AP

June 17, 2015

"How to Make Sure Iran's One-Year Nuclear Breakout Time Does Not Shrink"

Op-Ed

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

The final deal needs to specify the total enrichment capacity of Iran's installed centrifuges, mandate a robust verification regime, and include other restrictions to the nuclear program's size and content.

 

 

AP

April 2, 2015

"We’ve reached a ‘nuclear framework’ with Iran. So now what?"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Seven experts weigh in on the agreement's implications.

 
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