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A new perspective on nuclear waste management: facing the technical and social challenges of a complex science-policy issue

August 31, 2017

Abstract: Continuing social concerns over nuclear energy technologies still limit the application of long-term solutions to nuclear waste management in most countries.

Nuclear power development in China and why should we cooperate?

August 16, 2017

Abstract: Mainland China has undergone a rapid development of nuclear power during the last two decades. The reactors under construction or soon to be constructed there include some of the world's...

Peaceful applications of plutonium for space exploration

May 8, 2017

Abstract: The short half-life (87.7 yr) of the isotope plutonium-238 makes it ideal for use in radioisotope power systems – nuclear power systems that derive their energy from the heat produced by...

Spent Nuclear Fuel in South Korea and China

April 5, 2017

Abstract: Relative to the struggles Western nuclear powered countries have experienced in the recent past, South Korea and China have had notable success building up nuclear power at an impressive...

Thorium reactors: silver bullet or proliferation hazard?

January 26, 2017

Abstract: Since their conception in the 1950s, thorium reactors have been promoted as a promising technology for nuclear energy generation, though they have not yet been successfully commercialized...

Epistemic values: bureaucratic objectivity at the IAEA

November 22, 2016

Abstract: This talk examines ideologies of knowledge and expertise in the global governance of nuclear technology through an ethnographic study of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s...

Learning from a Disaster: Nuclear Safety and Security Five Years after Fukushima

March 11, 2016

- This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Walter H.

Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: Real American Attitudes about Dropping the Bomb

March 3, 2016

Abstract: Numerous polls show that U.S. public approval of Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has declined significantly since 1945.

Irreversible nuclear disarmament through geological disposal of plutonium

February 29, 2016

Abstract: The large U.S. and Russian stockpiles of weapons plutonium present a sustained risk to global nuclear security.

Doomed to cooperate: How American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War dangers - Part 2: The technical dimensions

November 16, 2015

Abstract: Two months after the breakup of the Soviet Union, I was in the Russian closed nuclear cities of Sarov and Snezhinsk, home of the Russian equivalent to the Los Alamos and Lawrence...

Doomed to cooperate: How American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War dangers - Part 1: The policy and human dimensions

November 12, 2015

Abstract: Nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia’s weakness than its strength.

Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy Series - Meeting 2: The Structure and Behavior of a New Nuclear Waste Management Organization

September 30, 2015

The United States’ strategy for the storage and disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste is at a stalemate: spent nuclear fuel accumulates at nuclear power plants, yet there is no long-term,...

The Enduring Role of US Nuclear Weapons

February 3, 2015

Due to the combination of a great response and our space constraints, this event is now full. We regret that we cannot accept any more RSVPs.

Projecting Risk into the Future: Sinking of the Titanic and Failure of a Geologic Repository

January 26, 2015

Abstract: The “unsinkable” RMS Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City.  There was no single cause for the loss of...

Delegation to the Device: What happens when we deploy quantitative models for complex matters of concern?

November 20, 2014

Abstract: In 2011 I joined a team of global security analysts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a systematic methodology for “information-driven” safeguards for the...

Radioactive waste disposal in European clay formations: science, safety and society

October 6, 2014

About the Topic: Large scientific and technological advances in many European countries and the establishment of the European technology platform IGD-TP have increased our understanding of how to...

Why Nuclear Weapons Became Unsustainable: Modernization Theory, International Norms, and the Environmental Roots of the Nuclear Taboo, 1958-1968

February 13, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Why was nuclear war deemed unwinnable in the United States? Pace conventional wisdom, the truth was not self-evident.

The Development of U.S. Missile Defense Policy, 1961-1972

November 21, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James Cameron, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC for 2013-14, completed his PhD in July 2013 at the University of Cambridge. James is very interested in the...

The Impact of Asymmetry and Risk on the Path to Nuclear Arms Reductions

November 18, 2013

About the Topic: As the U.S.

A comparative look at Iran's nuclear program

October 28, 2013

Speaker bio: Siegfried S. Hecker is a professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI.

Responding to the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism

June 3, 2013

Despite hundreds of aboveground nuclear tests, the effects of a ground-level, low-yield nuclear detonation in a modern urban environment remain the subject of scientific debate.


Siegfried S. Hecker Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Sarah Shirazyan Postdoctoral Fellow
Eva Uribe Eva C. Uribe Postdoctoral Fellow
Neil Narang Affiliate
Cameron Tracy Cameron Tracy Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Elliot Serbin Elliot Serbin Research Assistant to Siegfried Hecker