Nuclear Risk

Recent Scholarly Publications

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A Bet Portrayed as a Certainty: Reassessing the Added Deterrent Value of Nuclear Weapons (book chapter)

March 2015

In this paper, I address three of the most frequently used arguments for maintaining a significant measure of dependence for international security on nuclear deterrence both globally and...

Remembering the Cuban missile crisis, with humility

November 2014

The so-called “Cuban missile crisis” is turning 52, but it is certainly not forgotten; on the contrary, almost everyone seems to have an opinion on it.

Poor Man’s Atomic Bomb? Exploring the Relationship between “Weapons of Mass Destruction”

November 2013

Abstract The causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation have received a great deal ofacademic attention. However, nuclear weapons are rarely discussed in isolation in policycircles.

Nuclear denial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima

September 2013

Abstract: Governments and the nuclear power industry have a strong interest in playing down the harmful effects of radiation from atomic weapons and nuclear power plants.

Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster

July 2013

Abstract: This paper reflects on the credibility of nuclear risk assessment in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.

The Lavon Affair: How a false-flag operation led to war and the Israeli bomb

July 2013

Abstract The Lavon Affair, a failed Israeli covert operation directed against Egypt in 1954, triggered a chain of events that have had profound consequences for power relationships in the Middle...

Making discoveries in virtual worlds via the Cloud

May 2013

Abstract:Analysts at CISAC, together with colleagues at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, are playing a leading role in deriving new, timely, and value-added information of...

Examining the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Daiichi

June 2012

In a special edition of Elements journal that covered the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, CISAC Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Edward Blandford and Joonhong Ahn...

Lessons Learned from “Lessons Learned”: The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents

June 2012

Blandford and May review the major lessons learned from nuclear power accidents, and assess the impact those lessons have had on nuclear power, specifically, which measures were put into place to...

Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade

March 2012

From MIT University Press Abstract:   "Uranium from Africa has long been a major source of fuel for nuclear power and atomic weapons, including the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.


December 2011

The Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

December 2011

Nuclear non-proliferation

November 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?

Assessment Paper on Non‐Proliferation

September 2011

This paper, written for a September 2011 seminar hosted by the Geneva Center for Security Policy,  analyzes developments since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Action Plan was adopted by...

Adventures in scientific nuclear diplomacy

July 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...

Game Changers for Nuclear Energy

June 2011

From Game Changers for Nuclear Energy, p.

Russia's Nuclear Forces: Between Disarmament and Modernization

April 2011

As Russia and the United States reduce their nuclear arsenals, their relationship has undergone a complex transformation toward cooperation and partnership mixed with suspicion and rivalry, writes...

Where is North Korea’s Nuclear Program Heading?

April 2011

The Oracles of Proliferation

March 2011

Abstract: By examining via a case study the political authority of US proliferation experts since the 1960s, this article contributes to nuclear weapons proliferation studies and to the growing...

The Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

March 2011

Abstract: This critical review of the new political science literature on the causes of nuclear weapons proliferation consists of four parts.

Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament

March 2011

Getting to Zero takes on the much-debated goal of nuclear zero—exploring the serious policy questions raised by nuclear disarmament and suggesting practical steps for the nuclear weapon states to...

What I found in Yongbyon and Why It Matters

March 2011

Russia and the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review

March 2011

Abstract The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) conducted by the United States has become an important element of the US-Russian relationship, for the policies set during the review process directly...