The global foundation for nuclear non-proliferation and security is the 1970 “Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” (NPT). The treaty requires member compliance and obligations to nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and the right to peaceful use of nuclear technology. Since the NPT ratification, there has been a significant reduction in nuclear weapons inventory, as well as the containment of new nuclear weapons states (NWS) to just four.
The advent of energy-generation-grade nuclear fuel banks was a great leap in enabling nuclear power production, without the risks associated with distributed fuel enrichment technology.
However, nuclear security has eroded, particularly as international relations have deteriorated over the Russia-Ukraine war. Additionally, some countries that possess nuclear technology aren’t bound by the NPT treaty.
Below are some of our most popular news, articles, and podcasts related to nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security, including treaties and weapons of peace. Click to see a list of other popular global topics.
US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) And Diplomatic Efforts Listen to experts discussing, in June 2022, the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and actions taken by the US and Iran after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018. The discussion includes opinions about prospects for a new deal. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Prospects For Revival Of Iran Nuclear Deal Listen to experts discussing, in November 2021, the reengagement of the US and its allies regarding regional nuclear security and the prospects for a new or revised Joint Comprehensive Plan with Iran. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Treaty On Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law Listen to experts discussing, in January 2021, the long-awaited activation of the prohibition against the use of nuclear weapons. Learn about the history of the treaty, its linkage to the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and profiles of the 85 countries that ratified it. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Nuclear Arms Treaty Between Russia And The US “New Start” Is Expiring Listen to experts discussing, in February 2020, the pending expiration of the “New Start” INF nuclear weapons treaty. Learn about what “New Start” achieves and the need for it to continue. Click here to listen to the podcast.
The United Nations’ Impact On The Iran Nuclear Deal Read the article, from July 2019, about the status of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the effect of the US withdrawal in 2018, the new IAEA inspection report, and the UN’s diplomatic dilemma. Click here to read the article.
Potential For A Nuclear War With Korea Read the article, from August 2018, about a plausible scenario in which a critical mistake triggers a series of miscommunication and events leading to nuclear war with North Korea. Click here to read the article.
Yukia Amano Death And Who Will Lead The IAEA Read the article, from July 2019, about the death of Yukia Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Association. Learn about his diplomatic achievements, as well as prospects for his replacement. Click here to read the article.
North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program And Long-Range Missiles Listen to experts discussing, in January 2020, the status of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, diplomatic efforts, and the 2019 announcement ending their self-imposed moratorium on long-range missiles. Click here to listen to the podcast.
US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal Undermines UN Security Council Listen to experts discussing, in May 2018, Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and its impact on the UN Security Council’s credibility and US diplomatic objectives. Click here to listen to the podcast.
How A New “Fuel Bank” Can Curb Nuclear Proliferation Listen to experts discussing, in August 2017, the establishment of a nuclear fuel bank for energy-generation-grade fuel without the risk of further enrichment capabilities. The Bank enables needed energy production development, without the risk of nuclear weapons program proliferation. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Why Is China Suddenly Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal? Listen to experts discussing, in September 2022, China’s sudden expansion of its nuclear arsenal, what’s driving the expansion, and US concern over China’s nuclear strategy. Click here to listen to the podcast.
A Catastrophic Nuclear Meltdown At The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant In Ukraine Is Suddenly In The Realm Of Possibility Listen to experts discussing, in August 2022, the increasing risk of catastrophic nuclear meltdown being created by the continued Russian occupation and weaponization of the Zaporizhian power plant in Ukraine. Learn what a catastrophic event would mean to the area. Click here to listen to the podcast.
What We Get Wrong About Missile Defense And Nuclear Deterrence Listen to experts discussing, in August 2022, what the US gets wrong about missile defense as a major component in strategic nuclear attack deterrence. Learn about the technology, history, and role they play, alongside treaties and the principle of AMD (assured mutual destruction), in avoiding a nuclear disaster. Click here to listen to the podcast.
If Putin Goes Nuclear, How Should The United States Respond? Listen to experts discussing, in October 2022, Putin’s actions and threats to use nuclear weapons in defense of Russia and its troops. Learn what scenarios and circumstances could cause Putin to use a nuclear weapon and if he did how might Biden and NATO respond. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Why is North Korea Suddenly Launching an Unprecedented Number of Missile Tests? Listen to experts discussing, in November 2022, North Korea’s unprecedented surge in missile testing. Learn about the technologies being tested, how they fit into a context of geopolitics and what it all suggests about North Korea’s nuclear strategies and intentions. Click here to listen to the podcast.