Jun 02 2010
Nuclear Newswire is the newest e-publication from UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), bringing you the latest in news on nuclear issues.
- The 2010 NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium
- The New START Treaty and Protocol Signed
- 2010 Nuclear Security Summit Held in Washington, D.C.
- Is a World Without Nuclear Weapons Really Possible?
- The Stanley Foundation and the Henry L. Stimson Center Launch 1540 Hub
The 2010 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium is an all day event which will explore the LDRD investments that the NNSA Laboratories (Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia) and the Nevada Test Site are making to reduce the global danger of weapons of mass destruction. It will take place in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2010. The keynote presentations and poster session addressing nuclear counterterrorism, arms control and treaty monitoring, and countering biological and chemical threats will include Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy, Tara O’Toole, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State and Dr. John Phillips, Chief Scientist, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
To download the symposium registration form click here.
To download the agenda, click here.
On April 8, 2010, President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia signed the New START treaty and its protocol. Under the Treaty, the U.S. and Russia will be limited to significantly fewer strategic arms within seven years from the date the Treaty enters into force. Each Party has the flexibility to determine for itself the structure of its strategic forces within the aggregate limits of the Treaty. These limits are based on a rigorous analysis conducted by Department of Defense planners in support of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review.
Read the New START treaty here.
Read the treaty protocol here.
The Nuclear Security Summit, which took place on April 12–13, 2010, brought together the leaders of 47 nations to advance a common approach and commitment to nuclear security at the highest levels. Leaders in attendance renewed their commitment to ensure that nuclear materials under their control are not stolen or diverted for use by terrorists, and pledged to continue to evaluate the threat and improve the security as changing conditions may require, and to exchange best practices and practical solutions for doing so. It promoted the international treaties that address nuclear security and nuclear terrorism and led to specific national actions that advanced global security.
For a link to various documents related to the Summit, click here.
To see a list of NSS participants and what they want in Foreign Policy, click here.
To see commitments made at the NSS by country, click here.
In a recent article in The Chronicle, Michael O’Hanlon, director of research and a senior fellow in foreign-policy studies at the Brookings Institution, asks the question, “Can mankind uninvent the nuclear bomb, and rid the world of the greatest military threat to the human species and the survival of the planet ever created?” He concludes that “not only is permanent, irreversible abolition unwise, it is also probably impossible”, but contends that “a nuclear-disarmament treaty worth the trouble.”
The 1540 Hub is an online clearinghouse for resources related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. Included on the site are resources, news highlights, a calendar of events, and a multimedia gallery. In April 2004, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1540, which mandates that all member states implement a set of supply-side controls on equipment and materials relevant to nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and criminalize proliferation activities within their territories. The resolution also includes a provision that encourages states with the capacity to lend assistance in support of 1540’s mandate to do so and, in turn, encourages states in need to request any help they may need to meet 1540’s demands.