Upcoming Monterey CA

Contemporary US-Russian Nuclear Risks and Means for Risk Reduction

OCTOBER 19: 2016: Seminar with speakers Major General Pavel Zolotarev (ret.) and The Honorable Andrew C. Weber.

Printing head of a FELIX 3D Printer in action. Photo courtesy Wikimedia.

Emerging Technology, International Security, and International Law

Experts urge early engagement by industry, academia, and other producers of emerging technologies.

Fall 2016 Visiting Fellows. From left to right: Mr. Xin Zhang (China), Ms. Sylvia Mishra (India), Ms. Oluwadamilola Ogunjobi (Nigeria), Mr. Nasser Moudden (Morocco), and Mr. Belgacem Addoum (Morocco).

Fall 2016 Visiting Fellows Session Commences in Monterey

CNS welcomed five new visiting fellows from China, India, Morocco, and Nigeria this semester.

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A Serious Solution for Syria

The conflict in Syria is a disturbing example of the failure of international response, and the normalization of chemical weapons use in its absence.

Vladimir Putin, Russia [Evergreen]

Putin suspends US-Russia plutonium disposal agreement

CNS experts are available to comment on the latest downturn in US-Russia relations.

CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo with CYG members.

CTBTO Youth Group Strategizes in Washington, DC

The CTBT Youth Group is an initiative launched by CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo in 2016.

Nuclear Disarmament Video

Nuclear Disarmament: What Next for a New Administration?

VIDEO: Dr. Lewis A. Dunn is a Principal with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office Monday, May 18, 2009. Offical White House Photo by Pete Souza. (Source: White House Flickr.com account)

Why the US-Israel Military Aid Package Matters

Despite record levels of US military assistance to Israel under the Obama administration, the state of US-Israel relations has worsened, not strengthened, in recent years.


Improving the Security of All Nuclear Materials

A report on legal, political, and institutional options to advance international oversight.

William Tobey

Descending from the Summit: Where We Are Headed on Nuclear Security

VIDEO: William H. Tobey is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

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Why Is North Korea’s Fifth Nuclear Test Different From Its Other Tests?

A look at five other states’ weapons milestones, and what they indicate about Kim Jong-un’s progress.

Rose Gottemoeller delivers the keynote address at an event to launch a special double issue of the Nonproliferation Review, with Editor Joshua Pollack and Dr. Chen Kane.

Event: Lessons Learned from Eliminating WMD

The Nonproliferation Review launched its newest volume: a special, double issue on eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea Nuclear / Radiological

DPRK Conducts Its Fifth Nuclear Test

CNS has experts and broadcast resources available for the media.

Former Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala. Image courtesy Flickr.

Who is Afraid of Consensus?

The former UN under-secretary-general calls for strengthening the NPT by observing “pacta sunt servanda”—agreements must be kept.

Dr. Chen Kane makes an intervention during the BWC workshop

Toward the 8th BWC Review Conference

On July 8, 2016, CNS and the US Department of State co-sponsored a workshop on the the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC).

President Barack Obama Wikimedia Commons

The Common-Sense Fix That American Nuclear Policy Needs

The president should declare that the US won’t use nuclear weapons against any target that could be reliably destroyed by conventional means.

Vladimir Putin, Russia [Evergreen]

Russia’s Nuclear Paranoia Fuels Its Nuclear Propaganda

A classic disinformation campaign about US nukes reveals a lot about Moscow’s military anxieties.

Upcoming Event Washington DC

WMD Practitioners’ Short Course, October 3-7, 2016

Course on “Nuclear Weapons Policy and Arms Control” is open to US government personnel, fellows, and select foreign embassies.

Bill Potter and Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson enjoy conversation with Sarah and Tom Pattison.

Major Supporters and Friends Meet with CNS Summer Interns

Students share their research and engage in lively discussions with important funders.

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The Soviet Bioweapons Program and Its Legacy

How Soviet genetic engineering aimed to create super-natural bacterial & viral strains for weapons.

Radiological Cancer Therepy (Source: WikiMedia Commons)

Africa’s growing and neglected cancer problem: We will all suffer

By helping countries acquire linear accelerators and train associated personnel, the international community has the opportunity to improve public health and security simultaneously.

Network graph of the CNS-produced database.

CNS Uses New Media Tools to Track Radiological Sources in Moldova

A first-of-its-kind project helps authorities track dangerous materials sought by terrorists.

Panelists and Participants in the Summer School in Mexico Discuss the Nonproliferation Treaty and Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament

2016 Summer School on Disarmament and Nonproliferation in Mexico City

Twenty-nine young diplomats from the region deepen their nonproliferation/disarmament knowledge.

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America’s Nukes Aren’t Safe in Turkey Anymore

The security situation in Turkey has been deteriorating for some time.

These slides released by the Russian Federation purport to show a Buk missile launcher absent from a Ukrainian military base (left), and a pair of Buk missile launchers in a field on the day of the shootdown (right).

ANALYSIS: Russia Manipulated MH17 Photo

CNS researchers conclude Russia significantly altered photos of downed airliner to evade responsibility.

Nikolai Sokov

NATO Meets in Warsaw

PODCAST: Nikolai Sokov speaks with CSIS’ “Russian Roulette” about European security, Russian foreign policy, and the Middle East.

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland following a patrol. via Wikimedia

Repercussions of the UK Trident Vote

The UK Parliament is scheduled to vote July 18 on whether to renew its nuclear submarine program.

CNS DIrector WIlliam Potter and CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo

CTBTO Executive Secretary Meets with Future Leaders

The CTBT’s future depends on engaged youth and effective nonproliferation education.

The Eighth US-China Conference on Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

The Eighth US-China Conference on Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

The track 1.5 conference brought together government officials and nongovernmental experts from the United States and China in a productive exchange.

Video: Russian Nuclear Strategy - Nikolai Sokov

Russian Nuclear Strategy

VIDEO: Senior Research Fellow Nikolai Sokov explains Russia’s modernization plans and nuclear strategy, and what it means for future US-Russia arms control.

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A Brighter Future for Iranian Nonproliferation?

The Czech visit is one of several signs that Iran is sticking to its commitments under the international nuclear deal made last year.

Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Program participants

Summer Nonproliferation Training for Top-Level Undergraduates

The competitive program furthers the CNS mission: to combat the spread of WMD by educating the next generation of nonproliferation experts.

A wide view of the Security Council as Members unanimously adopt resolution 1977 (2011) on 20 April 2011, extending for 10 years the mandate of the 1540 Committee. UN Photo/Devra Berkovitz

Spector Calls on UN Committee to Condemn Violations of WMD Controls

CNS deputy director recommends taking steps that could trigger sanctions for states that undermine the resolution.

Donald Trump August 19, 2015 (Credit: Michael Vadon, Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump’s Nuclear Envy Problem, and Ours

The Republican front-runner isn’t the only one stoking fears about Russian missiles. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to nuclear arsenals.

Women of CTBT includes VCDNP Executive Director Laura Rockwood, VCDNP Senior Fellow Angela Kane, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and many others

CTBT 20th Anniversary Events in Vienna

“CTBT@20” addressed the future of the treaty and concrete actions to be taken to obtain its long delayed entry-into-force.

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Emerging Satellites for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Verification

Final report on how emerging Earth observation data could be applied to various treaty verification domains.

Photo courtesy Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NATO to Respond to “Strategic Reality” at Upcoming Summit

The alliance will seek to expand its readiness vis-à-vis Russia and violence from neighboring Iraq and Syria.

A lecture during the 2017 CNS/LLNL joint course on nuclear safeguards

43 Young Professionals Complete CNS-LLNL Nuclear Safeguards Policy Course

The course provides important information and skills for those who may be considering a career in safeguards.

Paul Ingram

State of the UK Trident Debate: Options and Likely Futures

VIDEO: Paul Ingram is executive director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).

Radical Leveling Technologies Major Jen Snow

Radical Leveling Technologies

VIDEO: Major Jennifer Snow talks about emerging disruptive technologies and their impact on society, marketplaces, governance and defense.

"Six Visiting Fellows Complete Nonproliferation Training at CNS"

Six Visiting Fellows Complete Nonproliferation Training

Fellows from all over the world worked in an intensive nonproliferation training program specifically tailored to the Visiting Fellows Program.

"MIIS Alumni Meet at the Open-Ended Working Group on Disarmament" Feature Image

MIIS Alumni Meet at the Open-Ended Working Group on Disarmament

CNS Director Bill Potter with CNS alumn, Costa Rica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.


A Proliferation Plateau May Offer Unique Opportunities

Has proliferation to new countries reached a plateau? That is how things appear in early 2016 on the basis of publicly available information.

CIF participants from Japan, the United States and Russia at Santa Catalina School

High School Students Discuss Nuclear Dangers and Solutions with Dr. William Perry

The Former US Secretary of Defense met with students and teachers from Japan, Russia and the US.

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

The Delicate Balance of Terror in South Asia: Prospects for Strategic Stability

VIDEO: Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University, lectures on international security.

Miles A. Pomper, Elena Sokova, Ibrahim Abdulmajeed, Margarita Sevcik, Hubert Foy.

CNS Holds First Nuclear Security Capacity Building Workshop in Africa

Workshop on nuclear security, regimes, policies, challenges and how to address them.

Assistant Secretary Countryman, Under Secretary Gottemoeller Brief Secretary Kerry Before He Addresses NPT Conference at U.N. in New York
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Why We Should Still Move Forward Towards a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East

Discussion of NPT Review Council efforts to establish a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.

Obama speaking in Prague in 2009, photo courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

Hiroshima and Obama’s nuclear disarmament legacy for future generations

Barack Obama’s nuclear policy and its effectiveness over the course of his administration, through the scope of Hiroshima.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addresses the 2010 NPT Review Conference in New York

The NPT Review Process: Time to Try Something New

This CNS Issue Brief argues for NPT state parties to take a different approach to the review process.

Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown Joins High-Level US-Russian Workshop in Monterey

CNS hosted a high-level US-Russian Dialogue on Nuclear Issues, April 8-9, 2016.

William Perry

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry to Address High School Students

The Critical Issues Forum will bring Japanese, Russian, and US high school students for a nonproliferation conference in Monterey.

Lassina Zerbo (centre), Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, addresses the audience.

The CTBT at 20: Re-Energizing the Global Debate

On March 24, 2016, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo addressed the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).

Photo courtesy of NCC 2016.

Belgium’s Failed State Is Guarding America’s Nuclear Weapons

Jeffrey Lewis argues that traditional nuclear strategy for Europe is putting us all at risk of apocalyptic terrorism.


Nuclear Terrorism: Countering the Threat

New book aims to improve our understanding of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.


The Nuclear Security Summit Will Leave Unfinished Work

Analysis of what the Obama administration has accomplished and what remains to be done in the field of nuclear security.

Erik Gartzke Nukes in Cyberspace

Nukes in (Cyber)space: The Hazards of Cross-Domain Deterrence

Seminar with Erik Gartzke, associate professor of Political Science at the University of California at San Diego.

Zian Liu Bioweapons for Dummies

Bioweapons… for Dummies? Evaluating the Threat of Rogue Biohacking

Video seminar with UC Berkley undergraduate Zian Liu, exploring the accessibility, ease of creation and use of biological weapons.

Barack Obama NSS

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

The final Nuclear Security Summit will convene in Washington, March 31, with much at stake.

Replacing HEU in Naval Reactors

Replacing HEU in Naval Reactors

Report regarding the current status and future use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for naval propulsion.


Russia-US Relations: Brinkmanship and Hostilities Continue

Article about up-to-date affairs between Russia and the US with consideration given to proxy players in between.

Elena Sokova and Nikolai Sokov with students of the Santiago-based Diplomatic Academy.

CNS senior experts teach nonproliferation to future Chilean diplomats

The week-long course in Santiago is part of a strong and growing relationship between the Chilean Foreign Ministry and CNS.

Upcoming Event Washington DC

New Course for USG Practitioners

Course will cover urgent current issues such as Iran, North Korea, and the Nuclear Security Summit.

Brad Roberts US Nuclear Weapons

The Case for US Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

Seminar with Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at LLNL on the future of nuclear weapons in international politics.


Donald Trump Is an Idiot Savant on Nuclear Policy

The Republican frontrunner has stumbled across the US military’s biggest secret: it has no idea what it’s doing with its nuclear arsenal.

Radiological Cancer Therepy (Source: WikiMedia Commons)

Treatment, Not Terror

A new study by Miles A. Pomper, Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, and George M. Moore, explores how to both promote cancer therapy in developing countries and prevent radiological terrorism.

NPR Doreen and Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge

2016 McElvany Challenge: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Proliferation?

Enter and help us find innovative ways to resolve today’s most urgent challenges relating to chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.

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Fort Story, Va. (Oct. 27, 2006) - Explosive Ordnance Technician 2nd Class Ian Jordan and Lt. j.g. Eric Hui from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two (EODMU-2), run tests on substances for an exercise on chemical warfare. This event was one of many during the EOD Top-Tech Challenge 2006, hosted by EOD Training and Evaluation Unit Two. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Apprentice Joshua Nuzzo (RELEASED)

Should We Fear the Unconventional? Why ISIL’s Chemical Weapons Are Causing the West to Panic

A review of future considerations in global attitudes to weapons of mass destruction proliferation by non-state actors.

Imam Khomeini Space Center

Iran Preparing for Possible Rocket Launch

Satellite analysis indicates an imminent test by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Kwangmyongsong missile

Are You Scared About North Korea’s Thermonuclear ICBM?

Jeffrey Lewis offers a self-dubbed “wildly unpopular plan” to counter Pyongyang’s missile program.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano Speaks at VCDNP

IAEA chief lauds VCDNP’s event on Amendment to the CPPNM for helping to address “the most important area of unfinished business in nuclear security.”

Nikolai Sokov (Credit: Isis Martins)

A Russian Perspective on Nuclear Disarmament and Post-Nuclear World

To many Russians, the future looks “dark and dangerous,” and not very susceptible to further reductions on Russian reliance on nuclear weapons.

Park Geun-Hye meeting with Barack Obama. (source: Wikimedia Commons)

#24 Strengthening the ROK-US Nuclear Partnership

Occasional Paper #24: This report identifies challenges and opportunities for the next phase of the ROK-US nuclear partnership.

International Nuclear Safeguards Policy Course

International Nuclear Safeguards Policy Course

A one-week tuition-free intensive course in Monterey and paid summer internships at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Dual-Degree Nonproliferation

New Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies

Earn master’s degrees from both MIIS and MGIMO, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Obama Nuclear Deal

Why Obama’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Commitments Fell Short

Obama’s presidency has served as an object lesson in the limits of a US president’s ability to shape a global nuclear order amid competing factors, abroad and domestic.

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North Korea Announces Rocket Launch February 8-25

North Korea’s peaceful space launch activities do double duty for its military program.

UN High Representative Kim Won-soo with CNS Director William Potter

UN High Representative Kim Won-soo on Global Threats and Challenges

From North Korea to the Middle East, the senior UN official gave an overarching view of the contemporary security environment.

Nuclear test at Yucca Flats, Nevada. Source: National Atomic Veterans of America (naav.com)

Xenon and Particulates: A Qualitative Discussion of Sensitivity to Nuclear Weapon Components and Design

Scientist-in-residence Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress looks at how radionuclide measurements can help determine information about North Korea’s January 7 nuclear test.

US and Iran Flags (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Iran Deal Provides Greater Opportunity for Regional Stability

In an unstable Middle East neighborhood, most people hope for the best and plan for the worst.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

A Turning Point in the Iran File: Implementation Day

With new IAEA report, the Iran Deal’s “Implementation Day” is now underway.


Video Analysis of North Korean Missile Test

The media show interest as CNS experts analysis of North Korea’s missile test video was found to be manipulated and the test itself a failure.

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Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

This CNS report explores implications of research in behavioral economics for policies related to nuclear weapons including nonproliferation efforts

CIF Online Teachers Workshop

2015-16 CIF Online Teachers Workshop

The 2015-16 Critical Issues Forum Project started with an online teachers’ workshop.

New Dual-Degree Program with Russian University

New Dual-Degree Program with Russian University

Joint studies in nonproliferation, terrorism, and international affairs, undertaken in Monterey and Moscow, to begin in 2016.


Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists Network (MENACS)

Young Middle Eastern professionals to work with delegations at the Biological Weapons Convention.

Proliferation and Trade Management Awareness Seminar for Cambodian Officials

Proliferation and Trade Management Awareness Seminar for Cambodian Officials

CNS seminar in Cambodia aimed to build nonproliferation awareness and capacity in Southeast Asia.

Ambassador Robert Mikulak, CNS Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Washington, DC office (Source: OPCW)

Leading WMD Experts Named CNS Distinguished Visiting Scholars

CNS welcomes Ambassador Robert Mikulak and Carlton Stoiber to our Washington, DC office.

A highly trained and specially equipped quick response unit of the Estonian army, from the 1st Scouts Battalion, secures a road in rural Estonia during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin. (Source: nato.int)

Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO States

This CNS report analyzes key NATO states’ threat perceptions of Russia, and provides recommendations in advance of the July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw.

Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program - the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Other Officials of the P5+1 and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran and EU in Lausanne (Src: Wikimedia Commons)

Making Sense of the Military Dimensions of the Iranian Nuclear Program

Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for analysis and comment.

Cary Neiman

CNS and VCDNP Council/Board Member Honored

CNS wishes to congratulate Cary Neiman on being selected as a Distinguished Honoree for the Philanthropy Day 2015.

Dr. Philipp Bleek and Dr. Chen Kane

Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) – Lessons Learned

On November 9-10, 2015, CNS and the Lugar Center held a workshop that was part of a project supported by DTRA.

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International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation

A new book edited by Jeffrey W. Knopf, MIIS Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies M.A. program chair.

Screenshot image from televised broadcast of Putin's speech November 2015, courtesy of ArmsControlWonk.com

Putin’s Doomsday Machine

The very real and very scary details of the nuclear drone Russia wants to build—and how the US should respond.

Video: Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict

Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict

Video of a seminar with Matthew Rojansky on October 21, 2015.

CNS Visiting Fellows Program alumni from Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan featured with current and former CNS staff members

CNS Training Makes Impact in Eurasia

International conference in Kazakhstan demonstrates CNS’s “multiplier effect” across generations and regions.


Turkey’s Nuclear Move: Deciphering the Developments

Turkey’s burgeoning nuclear capability should not be likened to that of Iran.

Academician Alexei Arbatov

Arbatov Discusses Russian Military Intervention in Syria

Alexei Arbatov on the future of US-Russian relations in the aftermath of Russian military intervention in Syria.

Speaker: Tristan Volpe

The Goldilocks Principle of Cutting Nuclear Deals

Video of a seminar with Tristan Volpe.

A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demonstration, part of Operation Desert Shield.  The soldier is wearing a Soviet-made Model ShMS nuclear-biological-chemical warfare masks.

Bad chemistry: ISIS and mustard agents

ISIS may be able to manufacture its own mustard gas, continuing a decades-long history of chemical weapons use in the region.


New High Resolution B-Roll of North Korea Sites & Missiles

High resolution B-roll footage of North Korean nuclear sites and missiles is available for use by broadcast journalists, policy makers, and analysts.

Xi in the US

Xi in the US

There’s a glaring absence on the Xi-Obama agenda this week: nuclear weapons.

MENACS founder Dr. Chen Kane with Network members in Prague

Next Generation of Middle East Experts in Prague

The one-of-a-kind network of arms control experts reviews past projects and looks forward to the future.

Training Course for Professionals in Chemical, Biological Weapons

CNS Deepens Background of USG Personnel in Chemical, Biological Weapons

CNS offered US government a one-week course on key issues relating to chemical and biological weapons.

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“Nuclear 101”: New Tutorial from CNS & NTI

A new tutorial uses interactive tools to help researchers understand why nuclear materials are unique and how they can be used to generate power—and peril.

NATO and the Baltics

NATO and the Baltics: Regional Views on Deterrence Needs

Some NATO members are pushing for a stronger conventional deterrent against Russia, while acknowledging recent measures are steps in the right direction.

Vanunu Is Israels Edward Snowden

Nuclear Whistle-blower Vanunu Is Israel’s Edward Snowden

Mordechai Vanunu’s first TV interview in Hebrew revealed the intensity of Israeli vindictiveness.

Approaches to Nuclear Cooperation

Approaches to Nuclear Cooperation

The US-South Korea nuclear cooperation agreement has implications for future nonproliferation efforts.

MIIS and ISRI Team

CNS Director in Cuba

The purpose of the visit was to explore possible collaboration between CNS, Middlebury and Cuba’s Higher Institute of International Relations.

CNS Welcomes 2015 Visiting Fellows

CNS Welcomes 2015 Visiting Fellows

CNS is pleased to welcome another bright, exciting group of Visiting Fellows for the Fall 2015 semester.

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal with Sam Farr

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Congressman Sam Farr

CNS and MIIS hosted a conversation with Congressman Sam Farr on the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, August 31.

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for USNATO

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for US/NATO

A new round of Russian cruise missile tests are stirring up yet another source of contention between the United States and Russia.

Can Japan be a bridge-builder for nuclear disarmament Shinzo Abe

Can Japan Become a Bridge-Builder for Nuclear Disarmament?

Japan is uniquely positioned to build bridges in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. But will it have the courage to lead?

Overview of the Pyongsan Uranium Mine and Uranium Concentration Plant.

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North Korea Increases Uranium Production

Closer scrutiny of North Korea’s uranium resources may help arrive at more accurate estimates of their nuclear weapon stockpile and capability.

Hiroshima image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Magical Thinking and the Real Power of Hiroshima

The 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is a big moment to take stock of where we are, how we’ve gotten here, and where we’re headed.

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Summer School on Disarmament and Nonproliferation in Mexico City

CNS and the Mexican Foreign Ministry held the 2nd annual Summer School on Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation in Mexico City, July 13-17, 2015.

India-China Strategic Relations and the Nuclear Dimension

India-China Strategic Relations and the Nuclear Dimension

Video lecture by Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd), Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

CTBTO Eminent Persons in Seoul

CTBTO Eminent Persons in Seoul

CNS Director William Potter facilitated a meeting of the CTBTO Eminent Persons Group in Seoul, South Korea.

Security: Are We Safer in the Dark

Security: Are We Safer in the Dark?

Video lecture by Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Radiological and Nuclear Security Tutorial

Online CBRN Awareness Training – Five Lessons Learned

We learned five lessons through the “Project 10” course on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Israel can live with the Iranian nuclear deal, can Netanyahu?

Israel can live with — and even benefit from– the Iranian nuclear deal. Can Netanyahu?

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Understanding the Fuel Cycle in the Iran Agreement

CNS’s scientist-in-residence discusses the ways the Iran deal closes all possible routes to the bomb.

Replacing High-Risk Radioactive Sources

#23 Replacing High-Risk Radiological Materials

Occasional Paper #23: CNS researchers offer governments a roadmap to replace high-risk radioactive sources with non-isotopic alternatives.

Heading Off an Even Bigger Problem in Iran

Heading Off an Even Bigger Problem in Iran

The deal may not be ideal, but when viewed in historical and hypothetical context, it is incredibly strong.

Iran Deal Buys Time: John Kerry and Wendy Sherman

Iran Deal Buys Time: Now America’s Real Work Begins

The Iran deal is merely a first step toward a long-term process of managing the nuclear risks it poses.

Rose Gottemoeller: Officials Praise MIIS at 2015 Carnegie Conference

High Ranking Officials Praise MIIS at 2015 Carnegie Conference

Statements by Rose Gottemoeller, US undersecretary of state for arms control & Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty

The Science Behind the Deal

The Science Behind the Deal

The P5+1 needs to be assured that even if Iran expels inspectors and enriches enough uranium for a bomb, there is time for a sufficient response to be organized.

US and Iran Flags (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Media Advisory: Understanding the Final Iran Agreement

Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for comment on a range of aspects pertaining to the final Iran nuclear deal and its implications.

North Korea Bioweapons Program

North Korea’s Bioweapons Program

Analysis of images of the Pyongyang Bio-technical Institute reveals North Korea can produce regular, military-sized batches of biological weapons, specifically anthrax.

What a Real Liberal Foreign Policy Would Look Like

What a Real Liberal Foreign Policy Would Look Like

A self-proclaimed lapsed philosopher offers a liberal’s view of effective foreign policy for the twenty-first century.

Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Zones

The Case for Highly Enriched Uranium Free Zones

Regional HEU-free zones would help cement a global norm against civilian HEU use and strengthen nonproliferation and disarmament efforts.

Amb. Taous Feroukhi, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, CNS Director William Potter, and CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo

Vienna Diplomats Assess NPT Review Conference Outcome  

Diplomats examine the outcome of the 2015 Review Conference and its implications for the future of the nonproliferation regime.

Nuclear Fuel Bank of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Fuel Bank: A New Nonproliferation Tool

A former Soviet facility that once produced fuel for nuclear submarines now has the chance to play a key role in reducing the spread of nuclear weapons.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano

IAEA Director General Amano Keynotes CNS Anniversary

IAEA Director General delivered the keynote address at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Could low-enriched uranium be used in naval reactors

Could low-enriched uranium be used in naval reactors? Don’t ask the Navy

Congress should commission qualified experts to conduct an impartial review, at classified & unclassified levels, of naval LEU use.

Is ISIL a Radioactive Threat

Is ISIL a Radioactive Threat?

How serious is the threat that Islamic State terrorists could acquire and use a radioactive “dirty” bomb?

Saudi Arabia Can Build a Bomb

Sorry, Fareed: Saudi Arabia Can Build a Bomb Any Damn Time It Wants To

Fareed Zakaria’s assertion that Saudi Arabia can’t build a nuke is simply wrong– and its not all that hard to demonstrate why.

Kazakh Senate President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Bill Potter

An Oral History of the Nunn-Lugar Program

Kazakhstan hosts a three-day conference to discuss cooperative efforts to secure and eliminate WMDs.

Image illustration courtesy of ForeignPolicy.

The Great Iranian Low-Enriched Uranium Stockpile Panic

There is something broken about how reporters and pundits are covering the Iran negotiations.

Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

VCDNP Welcomes New Executive Director

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is delighted to welcome Laura Rockwood as its new Executive Director.

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How can we push for tighter security for nuclear weapons?

Despite progress toward improving security for civilian nuclear materials, there is little appetite to open a discussion on developing security guidelines for these dangerous materials and weapons in military programs.

William Potter and Ambassador Labbé, High Representative Angela Kane and Austrian Ambassadors  Martin Sajdik and Alexander Kmentt.

MIIS and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign MOU

The parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation, particularly in nonproliferation and disarmament areas.

How will the failure of the 2015 NPT Review Conference affect the goal of the weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East?. Photo: Eric Constantineau. Creative Commons License.

Hope for the Middle East WMD Free Zone?

How will the failure of the 2015 NPT Review Conference affect the goal of a Middle East WMD-free zone? A personal and political perspective.

China's MIRV'ed DF-5 missile. Image courtesy CNS/NTI

Great, Now China’s Got Multiple Nuclear Warhead Missiles?

Does China’s new MIRV capabilities alter its nuclear posture? And is this in direct response to US missile defense programs? Jeffrey Lewis explains.

HEU image courtesy Wikipedia.

A New Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate HEU

Despite progress, risks posed by highly enriched uranium remain. A new joint report from CNS, NTI, and FMWG lays out a roadmap with five pathways to ending civilian and naval HEU use.

Closing plenary of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Nuclear Negotiations Fail in New York

Disagreements over the Middle East, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and an international legal prohibition against them prevent NPT state parties from reaching agreement on a final document.

CNS Director William Potter with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane

Angela Kane Receives Honorary Degree at MIIS Spring 2015 Commencement

MIIS confers honorary doctorate to UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane.

Charles D. Ferguson Naval Nuclear Propulsion

Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Assessing Benefits and Risks

Video: A lecture by Dr. Charles D. Ferguson.


Tracking Growth in Dual Use Commodities in Southeast Asia

New research aims to help the region prepare for upcoming WMD proliferation challenges.

Fresh Ideas for the NPT

Fresh Ideas for the NPT

A symposium at the NPT Review Conference featured young academicians presenting their fresh ideas for reinvigorating the three pillars of the NPT.

Middle East Nuclear Race

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

The logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. Time for a reality check on the region’s nuclear capacity.

CNS Director Bill Potter with Spring 2015 Visiting Fellows

CNS Fellows Spring 2015 Program

The CNS Fellows Spring 2015 program draws to a close with six graduates from Bulgaria, Pakistan, Columbia, China, and Yemen.

Biotechnology E-commerce

#21 Biotechnology E-commerce: A Disruptive Challenge to Biological Arms Control

Occasional Paper #21: Researchers find biotechnology e-commerce has significantly disrupted the effectiveness of export controls.

Iran Nuclear Deal Roundtable Discussion

Iran Nuclear Deal Roundtable Discussion

Video: a roundtable discussion was held on April 9th, 2015 with Jeffrey Knopf moderating.

May 4 2015 nonproliferation education invite

Education as a Tool for Advancing the NPT

Join us May 4 at the Bah’a’i UN Center to explore ways to amplify disarmament and nonproliferation education efforts.

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WMDFZ in the Middle East: What Now?

CNS will host a panel event during the NPT Review Conference to explore ways toward a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction.

Decreasing the Risk of Iran Developing Nuclear Weapons

Decreasing the Risk of Iran Developing Nuclear Weapons

Video lecture with Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress on March 26, 2015

Putin and Erdogan

Russia Becomes the Middle East’s Preferred but Flawed Nuclear Partner

With little notice, Russia is on the verge of becoming the nuclear Wal-Mart of the Middle East.

Miles Pomper

Syria Agrees to Return Highly Enriched Uranium to China

Miles Pomper comments in Al-Monitor on Syria’s decision to repatriate highly enriched uranium to China.

2014 NPT PrepCom

2015 NPT Review Conference Resources

Resources including Action Plan Monitoring report, Briefing Book, factsheet, and analysis.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Congratulates CIF participants

Student Conference Held in Hiroshima for 70th Anniversary

American and Russian High School Students Joined Japanese Students in Hiroshima for Nuclear Disarmament Conference

The construction site near Dinoma in the Negev desert for Israel's then-secret nuclear reactor were taken during the last months of 1960. [ Src: http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb510/ ]

The US Discovery of Israel’s Dimona Complex

Israeli cover stories about the Dimona Complex Reactor dismayed US officials who saw a “clearly apparent lack of candor.”

2015 NPT Monitoring Report

2015 NPT Monitoring Report – Disarmament

Implementation of the conclusions & recommendations adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference Disarmament – Actions 1-22

UK Nuclear Force Options Beyond 2032

UK Nuclear Force Options Beyond 2032

Video Lecture with Toby Fenwick on March 24, 2015

Des Browne, Rose Gottemoeller, Bill Potter

CNS 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC

Over 130 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the first quarter century of the Center, at a gala reception on March 25, 2015.

United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Academic Symposium on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

The symposium will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City on April 28th, 2015.

One Missile May Hide Another: Phillip Mauger

One Missile May Hide Another

Video lecture: Honor thesis seminar by MA candidate, Philippe Mauger.

Flag of Iran (Src: Wikimedia Commons)

Iran Nuclear Deal Media Roundup

With the completion of the Iran nuclear deal, CNS experts share their comments and helpful resources.

Image courtesy of ForeignPolicy Blog.

The Future of US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation

Critics of the new US-ROK nuclear cooperation agreement overlook the future of Korea’s nuclear program and energy security.

Video FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Small Drones

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Small Drones

Video Lecture with Dr. George Moore on February 25, 2015

2015 Annecy Workshop

2015 Annecy Workshop: Looking for Common Ground Ahead of the NPT RevCon

CNS hosted the Annecy Workshop in France on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

China's ambitious plans for nuclear energy

China’s Ambitious Plans for Nuclear Energy

Analysis of China’s nuclear nuclear energy program and potential exports by Stephanie Lieggi and Miles Pomper.

Hiroshima Autumn

2015 Critical Issues Forum in Hiroshima for the Atomic Bombings 70th Anniversary

American & Russian high school students to join Japanese students in Hiroshima

Safeguards Course 2015

International Safeguards Course: Deadline Extended

Deadline extended to March 19, 2015 for the course and internships.

Nuclear Weapons and European Security: Dr Bruno Tertrais

Nuclear Weapons and European Security

Video Lecture with Dr. Bruno Tertrais and Dr. Nikolai Sokov on February 24, 2015.

Iran's Uranium Stockpile: Nuclear Worker

Decreasing the Risk of Iran’s 5% Enriched Uranium Hexafluoride Stockpile

Using Reprocessed Uranium to denature Iran’s 5% stockpile of UF6

NPT Review Conference: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Coalitions to Watch at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

CNS experts discuss how cross-regional coalitions might influence the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Radiological and Nuclear Security Tutorial

New Mobile-Friendly Tutorial on Nuclear & Radiological Security

A new mobile-friendly online tutorial on the risks posed by nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Open Source Berkeley Workshop

CNS Produces Workshop on Open Source Analysis for UC Berkeley

Instructors Jeffrey Lewis and Melissa Hanham focused on technical solutions.

Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Edgardo Riveros and CNS Director Dr. William Potter.

CNS Director Awarded Highest Honor by the Government of Chile

The award, in recognition of his work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation education, is the highest honor conferred on non-Chileans.

United Nations Headquarters in New York.

NPT Symposium: Fresh Ideas for the Future

Scholars with “Fresh Ideas” on the NPT are invited to submit proposals to a symposium jointly hosted by CNS, the Netherlands, UNODA, and Harvard’s Belfer Center.

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Failture

Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Failing? Could it?

Featured Speaker: Ambassador Susan Burk, Former Special Representative of the U.S. President for Nuclear Nonproliferation

Museum of the Great Patriotic War Kiev Ukraine Sep 2013. (Src: Calflier001, Wikimedia Commons)

The “Return” of Nuclear Weapons

Nikolai Sokov spells out three ways that nuclear weapons feature in the Ukraine crisis.

Jon Wolfsthal

CNS Deputy Director Appointed to National Security Council

Jon Wolfsthal will become the new Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the NSC in December.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Congress Needs to Step Up and Support Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Find out what’s in play and at stake if an eleventh hour comprehensive nuclear agreement isn’t reached next week.

PIR Center Director V. Orlov, MGIMO Rector A. Torkunov, and MIIS Professor A. Vassilieva at MOU Signing Ceremony

MIIS Signs MOU for Academic Cooperation with Premier Russian University

The program will include faculty drawn from researchers affiliated with CNS at MIIS and the PIR Center in Moscow.

Disarmament Dialogue VI

Disarmament Dialogue VI: The Impact and Future of Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives

CNS partnered with Indonesia to host the sixth informal “Disarmament Dialogue” among like-minded states.

Countering Nuclear Commodity Smuggling

Combatting Illegal Nuclear Trade

Event: New study recommends action to prevent nuclear smuggling to Iran, North Korea, and other countries seeking nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Security Implications of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Report: New energy policies need to set a good example in terms of safeguards, transparency and restraint.

2015 NPT Review Conference Simulation

Dr. Lassina Zerbo’s Opening Speech to the Simulated 2015 NPT Review Conference

The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), spoke at the semester-long simulation course.

Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Head of CTBTO visits Monterey, Engages Students and Experts

Dr. Lassina Zerbo’s September visit includes an ArmsControlWonk.com podcast recording, available for download.

Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Safeguards and Middle East Issues Signal Contention at the 2014 IAEA General Conference

CNS and VCDNP experts review main issues facing the 2014 IAEA General Conference.

Participants and organizers of the regional nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation course.

First Regional Course on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Takes Place in Mexico

32 diplomats from 22 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the course.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined changes in the alliance security structure at a summit in Wales September 4.

NATO’s Post-Ukraine Nuclear Policy—The NATO Summit

This week’s NATO summit may mark a turning point away from US-Russian arms control and could lead to a renewed emphasis on nuclear weapons.

Ian J. Stewart of Project Alpha

Project Alpha on Countering Illicit Proliferation-Related Trade

Learn about Project Alpha of King’s College London, countering illicit proliferation-related trade.

NATO Nuclear Dilemma: NATO Ministers of Defense and of Foreign Affairs meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels 2010

Russia’s Actions Resolve NATO Nuclear Dilemma — For Now

Changes to NATO’s defense posture are likely to involve a strengthening of its conventional, rather than nuclear deterrent.

Mind The Gap cover

Mind the Gap: Regimes & Strengthening Radiological Security

There are insufficient legal and financial incentives to protect high-risk radiological sources from terrorists.

Chemical Weapon Munitions Dumped at Sea

Chemical Weapon Munitions Dumped at Sea: An Interactive Map

View the Google map of chemical weapon munitions dumped at sea.

INF Treaty Compliance

Russian Cheating Is Not New—Neither is Compelling Them Back Into Treaty Compliance

Russia has violated the 197 INF Treaty. The US can get them back into compliance.

The Nonproliferation Review

Participate in the 2014 McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge

A writing competition featuring an $8,000 grand prize.

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

CNS Appoints New International Organizations Program Director

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova is the new IONP Director.

Middlebury Student, Nate Sans

Middlebury Students Thrive in Monterey

Students have lots of ways to explore all that Monterey and CNS have to offer

Twitter network diagram showing discussion during NPT Preparatory Committee meeting

New Media’s Role in Societal Verification

CNS reviews a new report on social media and other internet tools for societal verification.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, CNS Director William Potter

Nuclear Verification Challenges and Opportunities

On 19-20 June 2014, VCDNP and CNS held a diplomatic workshop in Baden, Austria.

Capitol Building, Washington DC 
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Future of Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

Congressional testimony highlights future of nuclear energy cooperation and risks of nuclear proliferation

IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, annexation of crimea

A Tough Nuclear Choice: Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Can Ukraine keep its spotless nuclear rating after having been carved up by Russia?

israels nuclear budget arrow anti-ballistic missile launch

Israel’s Nuclear Budget

Israel shows a little leg on how much it spends on nuclear weapons – weapons it does not even admit to having.

Jon Wolfsthal at The Wilson Center

Jon Wolfsthal on Iran Nuclear Negotiations and Timelines

CNS Deputy discusses ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, timelines, and possible pitfalls if and when an agreement is reached.

IAEA Iraq Inspections

IAEA Iraq Inspections: Lessons Learned and Future Implications

Hans Blix and other experts discuss lessons learned from the IAEA inspections in Iraq in the 1990s.

Jon Wolfsthal

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Negotiating Solutions

Some of Iran’s past nuclear activities have to be disclosed, but maybe not all.

Highly Enriched Uranium

Ending the Civilian Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

Recommendations to achieve the goal, a legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit process begun by President Obama.

myanmar chemical weapons facility

Suspect Defense Facility in Myanmar

Satellite images confirm Unity Journal story alleging Myanmar built a chemical weapons facility.

US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal

US-Vietnam Nuclear Pact Meets the “Silver Standard”

New nuclear cooperation agreement with Vietnam may not be perfect, but it is progress.

Marshall Islands 1954 Nuclear Testing, WikiMedia Commons

Marshall Islands V. Nuclear Nine

The Marshall Islands filed 9 lawsuits against states possessing nuclear weapons.

New Website, WikiMedia Commons

Middle East Next Generation Network Website Launched

CNS launches new website to promote nonproliferation expertise and engagement in the Middle East.

Stephanie Lieggi

CNS Online Course: “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction”

DEADLINE MAY 30: Identify how states and companies ensure that dual-use items are not used to produce WMD.

2014 NPT PrepCom

2014 NPT PrepCom

Updates from the NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting, including a Twitter feed and photos.


2014 NPT Action Plan Monitoring Report

Four years after the adoption of the NPT Action Plan, progress on nuclear disarmament is disappointing.

Vladimir Putin answered journalists’ questions on the situation in Ukraine

Nuclear Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

Possible implications for the 2014 NPT PrepCom.

President Obama in Prague, prague.usembassy.gov

Obama’s Prague Agenda Is for Youth to Inherit

Opinion: Nonproliferation & disarmament education for high school students has never been more important.

2014 Critical Issues Forum (CIF)

High School Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education Forum

APRIL 4-5, 2014: CNS brings together students from Japan, Russia & the US to study nuclear Issues.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addresses the 2010 NPT Review Conference in New York

Rough Seas Ahead: Issues for the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Next year’s Conference promises to be contentious, with the changing debate on nuclear disarmament taking center stage.

President Barack Obama Wikimedia Commons

Advancing Nuclear Disarmament: The US Role

While impediments to a more assertive US role are immense, progress could be achieved with astute and bold leadership.

CBRN Centres of Excellence logo

Development of e-Learning Courses for CBRN Risk Mitigation

CNS is creating an online training course as part of a project to raise awareness on CBRN risk mitigation.

Nuclear Norms Workshop

Scholars’ Workshop on Nuclear Norms

MARCH 20-22, 2014: CNS Workshop – Part of the project, “Nuclear Norms and Global Governance.”

Barack Obama speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit, Wikimedia Commons

The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit: Are We Safe Yet?

53 national leaders met in The Hague for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. Are we safer?

CNS Convenes NPT Delegations at Annecy Workshop in Advance of Prepcom

Annual Annecy Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Meeting Convenes, Major Nuclear Challenges Ahead

MARCH 14-15, 2014: CNS hosted a 2-day diplomatic workshop in Annecy, France.