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Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Email: olli_heinonen@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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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.

 

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July 23, 2014

"A North Korean in Iran"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

The death from natural causes of an old man in North Korea this month should have been the closing chapter of the tale of Pakistan's nuclear and missile cooperation with the Hermit Kingdom. Instead, it may mark the next episode in the saga of Iran's controversial nuclear program.

 

 

December 19, 2013

"Iran Plays Games with the Geneva Deal"

Op-Ed, Arms Control and Regional Security for The Middle East

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

Nearly a month since the six-month Joint Plan of Action with Iran was announced in Geneva on November 24, the deal has yet to go into effect.  The two sides have noteven agreed on a start date for implementing the deal. Meanwhile, Iran says it is continuing to advance its nuclear program.

 

 

November 18, 2013

"Iran's Nuclear Narrative Needs to Be Challenged"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

A full explanation of Tehran's past and current nuclear activities should be a vital part of any interim agreement.

 

 

October 30, 2013

"The Need for Speed in Negotiations with Iran"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

Talks with Iran are gaining momentum, but its centrifuges are still enriching uranium, and its Arak facility may soon be capable of producing plutonium.

 

 

October 18, 2013

"In Response to Recent Questionable Claims about North Korea’s Indigenous Production of Centrifuges"

Op-Ed, India & Global Affairs

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

After reading the summary paper presented at a conference in Seoul on September 25, 2013, “New insights into North Korea’s gas centrifuge enrichment program” by Joshua Pollack, with the aid of R. Scott Kemp, we remain unconvinced about its central conclusions.  In particular, we disagree with several that have been widely reported in the media, such as that policies based on export controls, sanctions and interdiction “won’t get much traction” and a verifiable denuclearization deal may be “out of reach.”1  We have identified several problems from the summary of the forthcoming analysis which would undermine those as well as other conclusions they draw.

 

 

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September 23, 2013

"Nuclear Talks With Iran: Diplomacy and Diminishing Time"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch, 2146

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

Stopping Iran's increasingly rapid progress toward becoming a de facto nuclear weapons state requires significant diplomatic progress, and quickly.

 

 

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September 6, 2013

"Rouhani and Iran's Nuclear Progress"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch

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

Iran's new president will soon be tested on his ability and willingness to address international concerns about his country's nuclear program.

 

 

July 6, 2013

"On Iran"

Op-Ed, The Economist

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

In a letter to the editor of the Economist, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson respond to an earlier published letter on Iran's nuclear plans. They write:

Sir, We noted the letter (June 29th (http://www.economist.com/news/letters/21580127-iran-coastal-homes-mexico-city-prismlondon-publishing-bosses-newcastle)from Sir Richard Dalton in response to your leader on Iran. We were concerned by this passage: “You did not mention that Iran has a policy of converting its 20% enriched uranium into oxide, ready for research-reactor fuelmaking. This puts the material beyond use for bombs (short of a time-consuming, detectable and technically demanding process to turn it back into gas, which can be discounted in the medium term).”

 

 

Spring 2013

"Insights on the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran"

Op-Ed, Middle East Journal, volume 67

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

Written at a time when Iran's nuclear issue, a subject of diplomatic efforts since 2003, remains unresolved, it would be reasonable to glean what explanations the book can provide to this end. Meanwhile, Iran has steadily progressed toward nuclear weapons capability and continues to disregard UN Security Council and IAEA resolutions. It is subject to increasingly tightened international sanctions and censure. Can Iran move away from steps that have caused its economy to tailspin and walk away from an isolated path?

 

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