Nuclear policy

Scholarly Publications

Does the Noncombatant Immunity Norm Have Stopping Power? A Debate

October 2020

Our 2015 survey experiment—reported in the 2017 International Security article “Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran”—asked a representative sample of Americans to choose between continuing a ground...

Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

September 2020

Where is nuclear arms control—negotiated restraints on the deadliest weapons of mass destruction—headed? This 50-year tool of US national security policy is currently under attack.

What Really Went Wrong at WIPP: An Insider’s View of Two Accidents at the Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Repository

July 2019

Within a 10-day period in February 2014, two accidents happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico – the United States’ only underground repository for nuclear waste.

Other Publications

Donald Trump Could Lose the Election by Authorizing a New Nuclear Weapons Test

June 2020

Polls in the United States and nine allied countries in Europe and Asia show that public support for a nuclear test is very low.

Reset of America’s Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policies

December 2018

The U.S. government has worked for decades and spent tens of billions of dollars in search of a permanent resting place for the Nation’s nuclear waste.

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

News

Reflections of a Scientist Laboring in the Nuclear Waste Field

November 2020

The U.S. nuclear waste and disposal system is a failure--even though it has been active for more than 50 years at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 was born...

Private, centralized storage for spent nuclear fuel: A dead end or path forward?

November 2020

How should the United States manage more than 80,000 metric tons of highly radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in storage at 72 commercial nuclear plants across the country?

Hope for Nuclear Arms Control?

October 2020

While concern had grown over the past several weeks about a breakdown in U.S.-Russian arms control, it appears the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and nuclear arms control more broadly may...

Events

A Critical Analysis Of The Nuclear Waste Management Consequences For Small Modular Reactors

May 27, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/M7DEG62NsVQ About the Event: In recent years, small modular reactors (SMRs, i.e.

The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race And Presidential Power From Truman To Trump

May 5, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/wV3Jvqri5Ds About the Event: Throughout America’s atomic history, the president has...

The Tragedy of American Nuclear Policy

February 7, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/YQU4cuywdK8 About this Event: What sort of narrative defines the American experience with nuclear weapons?

Multimedia

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

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