RUSSIA AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
By Frank N. von Hippel, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Anatoli Diakov, Ming Ding, Tadahiro Katsuta, Charles McCombie, M.V. Ramana, Tatsujiro Suzuki, Susan Voss and Suyuan Yu
In the 1970s, nuclear-power boosters expected that by now nuclear power would produce perhaps 80 to 90 percent of all electrical energy globally. Today, the official high-growth projection of the Organization for Economic Co‑operation and Developments (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) estimates that nuclear power plants will generate about 20 percent of all electrical energy in 2050. Thus, nuclear power could make a significant contribution to the global electricity supply. Or it could be phased out — especially if there is another accidental or a terrorist-caused Chernobyl-scale release of radioactivity. If the spread of nuclear energy cannot be decoupled from the spread of nuclear weapons, it should be phased out.
September 17, 2010
An update from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for the week of September 10-17, 2010.
September 10, 2010
An update from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for the week of September 6-10, 2010.
September 10, 2010
Op-Ed, The Korea Times
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"Many Russian futures are possible. At one extreme, some view Russia as an industrialized banana republic whose corrupt institutions and insurmountable demographic and health problems make decline inevitable. Others argue that reform and modernization will enable Russia to surmount its problems, and that its leadership is headed in this direction."
September 3, 2010
An update from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for the week of August 27-September 3 , 2010
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, has consistently warned policy makers about the dangers of a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. Allison spoke with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about what he thinks needs to be done today to turn rhetoric about tightening nuclear security into stronger action.
August 27, 2010
An update from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for the week of August 23-27, 2010.
August 25, 2010
Op-Ed, Iran Review
By Kayhan Barzegar, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program, 2007–2010
"Russia will, of course, endeavor to be the sole supplier of nuclear fuel to Iran and reap the benefits. Therefore, it will continue to support the west's most recent line i.e. that with Bushehr's launching Iran does not require independent enrichment facilities like Natanz. But strategic necessity will force Russia to continue to maintain Iran as counterweight in its relations with the West."
August 20, 2010
An update from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for the week of August 16-20, 2010.
August 16, 2010
Op-Ed, Moscow Times
The United States and Russia must work together to reverse the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East. Malin and Artyukov argue that Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev should announce they will co-sponsor a conference to establish ongoing negotiation of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. The United States and Russia can turn today's Middle East crises into tomorrow's negotiating points, but only if they work together — and stay together for the long term.