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Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen

Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

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Email: olli_heinonen@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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2016 (continued)

AP

June 27, 2016

"EU-Iran Nuclear Cooperation: The Case for Stronger Safety and Nonproliferation Standards"

Policy Brief

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The constraints imposed on Iran’s activities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) curb Tehran’s nuclear program for eight to 15 years. The key restrictions on the program, however, disappear over time, leaving Tehran with an industrial-size nuclear program with near-zero nuclear breakout time and an easier, advance-centrifuge-powered clandestine “sneak out” time.

 

 

July 1, 2016

"Uranium Particles at Parchin Indicate Possible Undeclared Iranian Nuclear Activities"

Op-Ed, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

"On December 2, 2015, the IAEA issued its assessment on past and present outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD). Buried in a footnote is a crucial detail: the presence of man-made uranium particles at the Parchin military complex. Last week, The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon reported U.S. officials saying those particles likely relate to previous nuclear weapons activities, thereby raising even more questions. For example, where is the nuclear material used for those nuclear weapons activities, and what is the source of the particles found at Parchin? The question of whether Iran still has undeclared nuclear material is therefore critical..."

 

 

AP

May 24, 2016

"Growth of Nuclear Energy: Issues in Safety, Safeguards and Security"

Op-Ed

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

Nuclear energy is seeing a revival post-Fukushima, with interest shifting away from Europe to Asia. As nuclear power use grows, so must the international community bear in mind the 3S - safety, safeguards and security.

 

 

AP

April 28, 2016

"IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water"

Policy Brief

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The IAEA’s reporting has been insufficiently clear regarding Iranian inventories of nuclear material. Iran is continuously enriching uranium and producing heavy water, and exceeding the JCPOA’s limits threatens to cut its nuclear breakout time. A clear, unambiguous IAEA accounting of Tehran’s nuclear inventories is therefore all the more essential.

 

 

AP

March 2016

"A New Nuclear World Order: Safety, Security and Safeguards"

Book Chapter

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

“A New Nuclear World Order: Safety, Security and Safeguards” in Die Zwischengesellschaft, written by Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen, reviews in detail measures to strengthen nuclear safety, security and safeguards to support states in developing and using nuclear energy in a safe, secure and peaceful manner.

 

 

AP

April 15, 2016

Correlating the Operation of the Coal Plant to Reprocessing Activities at Yongbyon

Report

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

As of April 2016, there are growing indications that North Korea has separated, is separating, or will soon be separating plutonium from irradiated fuel at the Radiochemical Laboratory, a process commonly referred to as reprocessing. An analysis of recent satellite imagery obtained shows several activities, which could be correlated to the preparation or actual reprocessing activities underway.

 

 

AP

March 15, 2016

"Heinonen: IAEA Needs Detailed Reporting to Draw ‘Broader Conclusion’"

News

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project and Javad Heirannia

Olli Heinonen is of the opinion that the first report that the UN nuclear watchdog presented about Iran’s nuclear program after the implementation of the nuclear deal (JCPOA) was expected to be more detailed in order to reach a “broader conclusion”.

 

 

AP

March 4, 2016

"The IAEA’s Latest Report Falls Short"

Op-Ed, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s most recent report on Iran’s nuclear activities provides insufficient details on important verification and monitoring issues. Over the longer term, this will hamper efforts to reach a “broader conclusion” that all nuclear material and activities are accounted for and for peaceful use.

 

 

AP

January 2016

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

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

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 Associate, Managing the Atom Project

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.

 
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