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Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2014 (continued)

May 2014

"The IAEA Verifications System in Perspective"

Report Chapter, volume 137

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

Much of the achievements to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons can be attributed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and to the work of the nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nonetheless, the new cases of proliferation reveal weaknesses in the IAEA verification systems, and illustrate states’ willingness to circumvent international safeguards. These cases also highlight the need to recognize that safeguards verification is a work in progress that must adapt to evolving challenges and technology

 

 

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May 16, 2014

"Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Challenges for a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran"

Transcript

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

“If we look at a little bit bigger picture and draw the lessons from the previous implementation of safeguards in Iran after 2003, read the lessons from North Korea, read the lessons from Syria, read the lessons from Libya, the most difficult thing is to confirm the absence of undeclared material and activities. This has traditionally been the big weakness of verification system.”

A transcript of a Foundation for Defense of Democracies' panel featuring Senior Fellow, Olli Heinonen.

 

 

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April 29, 2014

"Why the Monitoring of Movements of UF6 Cylinders Matters"

Presentation

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

As the growth of nuclear industry during the coming decade is considered to increase, the number of cylinder shipments will expand accordingly. Beyond that, new vendors with less experience will enter the uranium conversion and enrichment market. Under such a scenario, there is no reason to discount the disappearance of interest to nuclear proliferation or illicit trafficking of nuclear material. Thus an enhanced system to track UF6 movements is a must. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

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March 27, 2014

"Nuclear Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Atomic Ambitions"

Policy Brief, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson write that although Iran's nuclear potential will likely dominate talks between President Obama and King Abdullah on March 29, Riyadh's own nuclear plans should also be part of the discussion.

 

 

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March 24, 2014

Takeaways from the IAEA report on the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action

Report

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

Olli Heinonen summarizes his takeaways from the IAEA report “Status of Iran’s Nuclear Programme in relation to the Joint Plan of Action,” March 20, 2014.

 

 

Mark Holtzhausen

March 2014

"Verifying the Dismantlement of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program"

Book Chapter

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

"In its 2010 annual Safeguards Statement [...] the IAEA determined that it 'found no indication of the diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful nuclear activities and no indication of undeclared nuclear material or activities. On this basis, the Secretariat concluded that, for these States, all nuclear material remained in peaceful activities.' This rolling safeguards report that provided a yearly review of the status of IAEA member states’ nuclear activities was noteworthy as South Africa was, for the first time, included in the above group of states."

 

 

March 11, 2014

"Remarks on the Report of the Defense Science Board 'Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technology'"

Presentation

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

Olli Heinonen writes that though that there is no foolproof plan to chart outcomes, it remains very much within our control to take certain steps and actions that can make the future less uncertain and better managed its direction. The Task Force Assessment Report on Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technology by the Defense Science Board is essential in providing a forward-looking framework and recommendations to better prepare us to prevent and shape nuclear proliferation choices.

 

 

January 28, 2014

Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Testimony

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

Testimony on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal by Belfer Center senior fellow Olli Heinonen before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

 

2013

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.

 

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