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Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2012 (continued)

July/ August 2012

"The Rocky Road of Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran"

Op-Ed, Arms Control Today

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

The following is an excerpt from Olli Heinonen's article, "The Rocky Road of Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran", published in Arms Control Today. For full text of the article, click here.

 

 

July 16, 2012

"The Middle Eastern Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) – Nuclear Verification"

Conference Paper

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

This publication is based on a presentation at the “Verification in the 21st Century – Technological, Political and Institutional Challenges and Opportunities”, 17 – 20 June 2012, Wilton Park, UK.

 

 

July 10, 2012

"Laser Isotope Separation –The Genie is out of the Bottle"

Presentation

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

On May 16, 2012, the Center for Strategic and International Studies invited Mr. Olli Heinonen (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs) to discuss the safeguardablity of uranium laser enrichment. Attached are some of the main points of the presentation.

 

 

June 1, 2012

"Analysis of Small Particles in Support of Big Decisions"

Presentation

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

Olli Heinonen, senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, made this presentation on the inauguration of a new multimillion dollar instrument at the Transuranium Institute in Germany on June 1, 2012.

 

 

May 31, 2012

"Iran's Growing Stockpile"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

“The latest chess match between Iran and six major powers in Baghdad ended last week without any declared breakthrough. This is not entirely surprising. Talks were unlikely to make significant headway with Iran offering to sacrifice a pawn -- 20 percent enriched uranium -- in exchange for the queen -- the lifting of oil sanctions,” Olli Heinonen, former deputy director-general of the IAEA and senior fellow at the Belfer Center, writes in a Foreign Policy op-ed. “In the meantime, the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report on Iran, released May 25, reveals new information, most notably the presence of uranium particles enriched to 27 percent, well above the declared 20 percent enrichment level at the Fordow underground enrichment plant. Right now, the key question that the IAEA is trying to answer is how much uranium was enriched to 27 percent and over what period of time the enrichment took place.”

 

 

May 22, 2012

"The Verification of the Peaceful Nature of Iran's Nuclear Program"

Book Chapter

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

In this chapter, Olli Heinonen examines a decade of actions taken by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Heinonen suggests a number of measures Iran might take to provide assurance to the international community that it is not developing nuclear weapons.  He writes: In tandem with the continued search for a negotiated political solution between the P5+1 and Iran, the IAEA should continue to press for commitments that would provide the best assurances on that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. This means that the verification process will have to be comprehensive and expansive. What this also means is that the current stage of unsatisfactory cooperation and approach by Iran to the IAEA needs to change. Given the past experiences, if Iran takes the opportunity of widening those with the following measures, the IAEA will be in a position to provide assurances about the scope of Iran’s nuclear program.

 

 

May 22, 2012

"IAEA Inspections in Perspective"

Presentation

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

Olli Heinonen, senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, presented  the paper "What the IAEA Could do to Detect Clandestine Nuclear Activities" at a conference focused on "Reassessing the Assumptions Driving Our Current Nuclear Nonproliferation Policies," hosted by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) on May 21, 2012.

 

 

May 9, 2012

"Opening the Door to a Solution with Iran"

Op-Ed

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

The recent nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul represent a significant gain for the United States. These talks have established a step-by-step, or action-for-action, process to prevent Iran increasing its nuclear weapons capabilities and create confidence that Iran is not on a quest for nuclear weapons. However, success is by no means assured.

 

 

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April 26, 2012

"The North Korean Nuclear Program in Transition"

Op-Ed, 38 North.org

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

The recent moratorium on missile and nuclear tests and uranium enrichment agreed between the US and the DPRK on February 29, 2012 failed its first test when North Korea launched, albeit unsuccessfully, a satellite on April 13. This article provides a snapshot of North Korea’s enrichment program and the various steps that the DPRK could take vis-à-vis its nuclear program, should it seek yet another occasion to ratchet up pressure on its interlocutors.

 

 

April 12, 2012

"The Challenge of Containing Iran's Enrichment Activities"

Op-Ed, 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 argue that in the absence of very tight monitoring, "and in light of Iran's increasing mastery over limited centrifuge technology, permitting the country to continue enriching uranium at any level would still give it the option of developing nuclear weapons."

 

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