Nuclear Risk

Scholarly Publications

Unfit for purpose: reassessing the development and deployment of French nuclear weapons (1956–1974)

This article presents the first reassessment of the strategic rationality and credibility of French nuclear weapons policy before 1974.

European nuclear weapons? Zombie debates and nuclear realities

In February 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron invited all interested European states to a “strategic dialogue” on the supposed contribution of France’s nuclear arsenal to European collective...

Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

July 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium. View full article

Other Publications

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

December 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.

Hecker & Milani: Stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists

January 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...

Iran's Path to Nuclear Peace

January 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.

News

The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

October 2021

Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to...

The North Korean Nuclear Question Revisited: Facts, Myths and Uncertainties

September 2021

Facts are difficult to come by, myths are deeply ingrained, and uncertainties lurk everywhere — that, in short, is the nature of North Korea’s nuclear program.

Strengthen U.S. Security Through Nuclear Arms Reductions

September 2021

Biden has an opportunity to bolster deterrence, reduce proliferation risks, and lower the risk of nuclear war.

Events

Uncertainty, Risk, and Responsibility: Lessons from Three Technologies

February 18, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/wKXawdBrCEs About this Event: Are we still in the Nuclear Age? Is this the Age of AI? Are we entering the Age of Synthetic Biology?

The Strike on Qassem Soleimani: Implications for Iran, the Middle East and the World

January 6, 2020

Panel discussion with Stanford international affairs experts on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Register: Click here to RSVP Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream. About this Event: U...

Security in a Post-Nuclear Age

October 28, 2019

Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: Seventy-five years after the introduction of nuclear weapons, it is no longer clear that these tools of security remain the...

Projects

Regional Conflict and Cooperation

Regional conflicts present their own set of unique challenges to the international community.
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Nuclear Risk Reduction

The Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative engages technical and policy experts to reduce nuclear risks by promoting collaboration between the United States and Russia, China and Pakistan.
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Multimedia

2016 Drell Lecture: William J. Perry - A National Security Walk Around the World

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.

People

Sagan, Scott 2012 photo Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
man smiling Dan Zhukov Research Assistant to Rose Gottemoeller