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Siegfried S. Hecker
Working Papers

Structuring Cooperative Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiatives with China

Larry Brandt, Jason Reinhardt, Siegfried S. Hecker
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) , 2017

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker, Larry Brandt and Jason Reinhardt worked with Chinese nuclear organizations on issues involving radiological and nuclear terrorism. The objective was to identify joint research initiatives to reduce the global dangers of such threats and to pursue initial technical collaborations in several high priority areas.

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Journal Articles

When Science Brought Americans and Russians Together

Siegfried S. Hecker
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2017

Siegfried Hecker describes the scientific collaboration that took place between Russian and American nuclear weapons laboratories following the end of the Cold War. Their shared pursuit of fundamental scientific discoveries built trust between the nuclear weapons scientists and resulted in important scientific progress.

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Journal Articles

A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

Siegfried S. Hecker
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2017

In this essay, Siegfried Hecker describes a 1992 visit to nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union.

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Commentary

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

Siegfried S. Hecker, Siegfried S. Hecker
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2016

Siegfried Hecker describes Russia's systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States and the harmful consequences that this could have for both countries.

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Journal Articles

Questions for the presidential candidates on nuclear terrorism, proliferation, weapons policy, and energy

Siegfried S. Hecker, Siegfried S. Hecker
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2016

Stanford expert Siegfried Hecker proposes a series of nuclear weapons and energy questions that journalists and citizens should consider asking the 2016 presidential candidates.

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Working Papers

North Korean Nuclear Facilities After the Agreed Framework

Siegfried S. Hecker, Chaim Braun, Christopher Lawrence, Panos Papadiamantis
2016
In January 2004, a delegation from Stanford University led by Prof. John W. Lewis and joined by one of the authors, Siegfried S. Hecker, at the time senior fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and former director, was invited to visit the Yongbyon Nuclear Center. This visit by Hecker and follow-on visits during each of the next six consecutive years contributed substantially to our knowledge of North Korean nuclear activities. In this report, we utilize information obtained during the Stanford delegation visits, along with other open-source information, to provide a holistic assessment of North Korean nuclear developments from the demise of the Agreed Framework through November 2015.
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Books

Doomed to Cooperate

Siegfried S. Hecker
Los Alamos Historical Society , 2016

Doomed to Cooperate tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, Russia and the United States, who reached across political, geographic, and cultural divides to confront, together, the new nuclear threats that resulted from the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Commentary

Hecker & Milani: Stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists

Siegfried S. Hecker, Abbas Milani
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2015

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani note in this article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that for merely working in their field of expertise, Iranian nuclear scientists face perils and pressures that are nothing less than Shakespearean. The question for them is, in a very real sense, "To be or not to be." In the course of the last four decades, these scientists have faced intimidation and severe punishment, including prison terms, at the hands of their own government. In recent years, at least five Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of assassination attempts often attributed to Israeli intelligence. Regardless of their source, all such threats against scientists are morally indefensible. They offend the scientific spirit, working against the free exchange of ideas that is necessary for humanity to advance. The authors assert, these threats against scientists in Iran undermine global peace, targeting experts whose international collaboration is required to deal effectively with the nuclear risks facing the world today. Simply put, killing nuclear scientists makes reducing the threat of nuclear war harder, not easier.

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Journal Articles

For the People

Siegfried Hecker, Abbas Milani
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2014

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani, founding co-director of the Iran Democracy Project here at Stanford, write in this Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists analysis that Iran must move beyond false nationalism and the misguided notion that uranium enrichment is the sine qua non of peaceful nuclear energy. At the same time, Iran’s negotiating partners must be more sensitive to the proud history of the Iranian nation.

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Commentary

Iran's Path to Nuclear Peace

Siegfried Hecker, William Perry
The New York Times , 2014

CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry write in this OpEd in The New York Times that Iran has little to show for its 50-year pursuit of a nuclear program. They argue Iran should forego the bomb and concentrate on learning how to build nuclear power plants that would aid their country's economy and promote international cooperation.

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Policy Briefs

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security in South Korea

Siegfried S. Hecker, Chaim Braun, Robert Forrest, Peter Davis
2013
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Policy Briefs

Longer Q&A on North Korea

Siegfried S. Hecker
, 2013
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Working Papers

A Winning Gambit

Siegfried Hecker
CTBTO Spectrum , 2012

CISAC Co-Director Siegfried Hecker explains why nuclear arms states stand to gain more than they lose by ratifying the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). He explains why it is crucial to prevent states from testing nuclear weapons, with the strongest barrier to testing being the CTBT.

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Working Papers

Can North Korea nuclear crisis be resolved?

Siegfried S. Hecker
2012

Siegfried Hecker tells security conference in Seoul that he is "optimistic in the long term, but pessimistic in short term that the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula can be resolved.

 

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Commentary

North Korea from 30,000 feet

Niko Milonopoulos, Siegfried Hecker, Robert Carlin
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2012

Article Highlights (From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

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Journal Articles

North Korea in 2011: Countdown to Kim il-Sung's centenary

Siegfried S. Hecker, Robert Carlin
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2012
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Books

Nuclear non-proliferation

Siegfried S. Hecker, Matthias Englert, Michael C. Miller
Cambridge University Press, Chapter 14 , 2011

Textbook Synopsis From Cambridge University Press online:

How will we meet rising energy demands? What are our options? Are there viable long-term solutions for the future? Learn the fundamental physical, chemical and materials science at the heart of: 


• Renewable/non-renewable energy sources 
• Future transportation systems 
• Energy efficiency 
• Energy storage 

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Journal Articles

Adventures in scientific nuclear diplomacy

Siegfried S. Hecker
Physics Today , 2011

Siegfried Hecker offers a first-person perspective on the important contributions scientists can make toward improving the safety and security of nuclear materials and reducing the global nuclear dangers in an evolving world.

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Commentary

Redefining denuclearization in North Korea

Siegfried S. Hecker
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , 2010
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Policy Briefs

North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Complex: A Report by Siegfried S. Hecker

Siegfried S. Hecker
CISAC , 2010

Excerpt: "On November 12, during my most recent visit to the Yongbyon Nuclear Complex with Stanford University colleagues John W. Lewis and Robert Carlin, we were shown a 25 to 30 megawatt-electric (MWe) experimental light-water reactor (LWR) in the early stages of construction. It is North Korea's first attempt at LWR technology and we were told it is proceeding with strictly indigenous resources and talent. The target date for operation was said to be 2012, which appears much too optimistic."

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