Nuclear policy

Scholarly Publications

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.

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Other Publications

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...

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.

News

CISAC Team Releases Satellite Imaging-Based Study of North Korean Uranium Mines

September 2019

North Korea currently has only one publicly known uranium mine—the Pyongsăn uranium mining and milling complex—that serves as a first step in the country’s pathway towards nuclear weapons.Using a...

The Death of the INF Treaty Has Given Birth to New Missile Possibilities

September 2019

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty came to an end in August.

Fukushima Cesium-Enriched Microparticle (CSMP) Update (Interview with Rod Ewing)

August 2019

An interesting paper  was recently published by a team headed by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya of Kyushu University on the subject of Fukushima-derived cesium-enriched microparticles (CsMPs).

Events

Molten-Salt and Salt-Cooled Nuclear Reactors: The Opportunities and Challenges Faced in Providing a Global Solution to Clean Energy

October 3, 2019

Abstract: The motivation to develop nuclear energy waned in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Doctrine: The Rule of Law and the Role of Strategy

September 25, 2019

Abstract: In 2013, the Obama Administration’s “Nuclear Employment Strategy” guidance announced that all war plans and operations would be “consistent with the fundamental principles of the Law of...

Drell Lecture: US National Security in an Era of Great Power Competition and Technological Disruption

August 5, 2019

Click here to view TranscriptClick here to watch Video The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of geopolitical change and technological disruption. How should we rethink U.S.

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

Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
Kelly Devens CISAC Honors Student
Yeajin Yoon Affiliate
Brad Roberts Brad Roberts Affiliate
Anna Peczeli Anna Péczeli Affiliate
Yogesh Joshi Affiliates
Melissa Hanham Affiliate
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
Mark Gorenflo Mark Gorenflo Affiliate
Matthew Fuhrmann Matthew Fuhrmann Affiliate
Michal Onderco Affiliate