April 19, 2007
Co-Directors Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry hosted the latest in a series of WMD-related workshops, entitled "The Day After: Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast in a U.S. City." The off-the-record workshop, held at the Mayflower Hotel, focused on identifying and defining a critical set of actions to be taken now (or prepared now for action on the Day After) to help the U.S. and the international community at-large respond to, and recover from, a nuclear attack on a U.S. city.
April 5, 2007
Op-Ed, The New York Times
By Vali Nasr
Through the capture of and subsequent announcement that it would release 15 British sailors and marines, the Islamic Republic of Iran sent its adversaries a pointed message: just as Iran will meet confrontation with confrontation, it will respond to what it perceives as flexibility with pragmatism. This message is worth heeding as the United States and Iran seem to be moving inexorably toward conflict.
In Terrorism And Weapons Of Mass Destruction And Disruption, Brigadier General (Retired) Russell Howard and Dr. James Forest have collected original and previously published seminal articles and essays by scientists, academics, government officials, and members of the nation's security and intelligence communities. The editors and several of the authors write from practical field experience in nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. Others have had significant responsibility for developing government policies to address the threat of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The contributors include a majority of the significant names in the field including Bruce Hoffman, Brian Jenkins, Jonathan Tucker, Rohan Gunaratna, David Franz, Richard Betts, William Rosenau, and David Albright.
Fourteen leading experts discuss the threatened NPT and nuclear proliferation challenges, to identify better non-proliferation tools and strategies for today’s world.
By Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
"Why should others be taken to task when the Nuclear Five are themselves failing to comply with treaty obligations under Article VI, as others see it?"
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Arms Control Today, issue 3, volume 37
By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
Matthew Bunn argues that plutonium disposition—physically transforming it into a form that would be difficult and costly to recover for use in nuclear weapons—if carried out on a large scale would “mark a key step toward deeper and less-reversible nuclear arms reductions.” But, as he documents, delays, costs, and obstacles have plagued plutonium disposition plans in both the United States and Russia.
Journal Article, Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, issue 3, volume 35
By Tom Bielefeld, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA), September 2011–June 2014; Former Research Fellow, MTA, 2008–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program/MTA, 2006–2008 and Helmut W. Fischer
MTA/ISP fellow Tom Bielefeld and his co-author Helmut Fischer focus on the problem of protecting radiological sources, preventing a “dirty bomb” attack, and putting measures in place to mitigate the effects should an attack occur.
By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and Anthony Wier, Former Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, 2002-2007
This chapter is based on "The Seven Myths of Nuclear Terrorism" which appeared in the April 2005 issue of Current History.
"Interdiction and Law Enforcement to Counter WMD-Terrorism: Practical Measures that Should be Strengthened"
By Emma Belcher, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2007–2010
By Andrew Brown, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, 2009–2014; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom, 2006–2009
J.D. Bernal, known as "Sage," was an extraordinary man and multifaceted character. A scientist of dazzling intellectual ability and a leading figure in the development of X-ray crystallography, he was a polymath, a fervent Marxist, and much admired worldwide.
Read "A Flawed Genius" — Sebastian Faulks' review for The Spectator.