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Policymakers and Security Experts on NPEC

Nuclear proliferation is a vexing policy challenge.  The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center is an invaluable resource for Members of Congress and their staff as we grapple with these critical issues.  Its Expertise is needed now more than ever.

Congressman Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee

Henry Sokolski and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center have been for many years top resources for my work on nonproliferation issues. NPEC’s commitment to reducing the nuclear threat is second to none.

Sen. Ed Markey
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center headed by Henry Sokolski has repeatedly proven to be an indispensable source of expertise for the Congress in its work on nuclear issues.  Through testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee, the many papers produced by NPEC, and his analysis of complex issues, he has contributed significantly to the Committee’s many accomplishments in this area.  I look forward to continuing to working closely with NPEC for many years to come.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Middle East and N. Africa
Former Chairwoman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

NPEC stands out among the many groups that provide analysis and information about nuclear nonproliferation because it focuses on something that receives less attention than it should – namely, the proliferation impacts of civilian nuclear cooperation.  You can count on NPEC to provide incisive analysis of nuclear nonproliferation issues from diverse points of view.

Congressman Brad Sherman
Ranking Member
House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific


The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center has distinguished itself with its no-nonsense analyses and strong advocacy for robust nonproliferation policies. The organization's leadership ranks in the top tier of experts that the Committee on Foreign Relations looks to for testimony on difficult issues.

Richard Lugar
President of the Lugar Center
Fmr. Senator (R), Indiana

For 15 years, no individual or organization has spent more time studying the risks associated with the spread of civil nuclear power technology and the failure to deal with the nuclear weapons programs of Iran and North Korea as Henry Sokolski and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC).  As the threats of nuclear terrorism and proliferation continue to dominate national security policy debates, both Sokolski and NPEC will continue to provide a vital service to the legislative and executive branches.

Jon Kyl
Covington and Burling, LLP
Fmr. Senator (R), Arizona

NPEC and its guiding light, Henry Sokolski, have for fifteen years performed an invaluable service to our country on the critical threats posed by proliferation. They have provided evidence, analysis and opinion to inform and enhance our policy debates, and in so doing earned the respect of all the participants in that debate, no mean accomplishment in Washington these. Although I wish the world were such that we didn't have to wish Henry and NPEC well for another fifteen years, we do, and we should.  Best of luck! 

Ambassador John Bolton
National Security Advisor
Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Former  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Few nonproliferation policy shops, including the big ones, have accomplished as much as NPEC.

Victor Gilinsky
Former NRC Commissioner

Anyone with a serious interest in nuclear proliferation needs to track NPEC's reports. NPEC provides not only up-to-date information, it exposes the considerable array of follies and contradictions in our policies. It is a one- stop shop for sanity on technology, economics, politics and bureaucratic behavior.

Henry Rowen
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Former RAND President
Former Chairman, the National Intelligence Council, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Henry and NPEC - without fear or favor - have kept U.S. policy makers and the international community aware of the up and down sides associated with expanding global use of nuclear energy. Some may find it hard to listen to the down to earth and biting views NPEC presents, but they are an indispensable part of the debate...

Ollie Heinonen
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Former Deputy Director General of the IAEA


“You can count on Henry Sokolski and NPEC to provide principled analysis and fearless recommendations on the leading proliferation issues of the day, regardless of political correctness or partisan interests.”


Gary Samore
Executive Director of Research at Harvard Belfer Center for Science and Security
Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction


In a town where institutions tend to stake out predictable and not very original positions, NPEC cannot be easily pigeon-holed.Its honest, hard-hitting analysis has often made administrations of both parties uncomfortable –and that’s probably a good thing.

Robert Einhorn
Former Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation
U.S. Department of State

NPEC and Henry Sokolski are a steady source of penetrating analysis and innovative policy recommendations.  They are an exceptionally creative players in the nonproliferation field. 

George Perkovich
VP for Studies
The Carnegie Endowment

NPEC is a vital and effective world leader in the deadly serious business of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. If we don't want to lose a city, or worse, we should support NPEC's work now.

Amory Lovins
Cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus
Rocky Mountain Institute

Nuclear proliferation is a complicated intellectual field and a difficult practical challenge. If we succeed in coming to grips with the challenges we face, it will be in large part because of the fearless and first-rate work of NPEC.

William Kristol
The Weekly Standard

Thanks to the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center no one dealing with nuclear non-proliferation policies and issues will ever be able to say "I didn't know", "I didn't realize" or "what else could have been done?" This, by itself, is a major accomplishment.

Pierre Goldschmidt
Former Head of the IAEA
Department of Safeguards

There are many think tanks in Washington. Very few of them can be described as invaluable. NPEC is one of those few. In an era where no issue matters more -- or is thought about less -- than nuclear proliferation, NPEC has consistently provided the most comprehensive and intelligent analysis available.

Bret Stephens
Deputy Editorial Page Editor and
The Wall Street Journal 

I am deeply impressed with NPEC’s mastery of a broad range of nonproliferation topics and the depth of analysis reflected in its profusion of publications.  NPEC is widely respected for distilling complex nuclear threat issues down to their essence and providing timely, actionable, and eminently sensible policy recommendations.

 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
House Nuclear Security Caucus

NPEC has commissioned landmark research reports on  nuclear-proliferation-related issues and plays an important role in Washington's nuclear-policy debates as an expert and effective nuclear iconoclast.

Frank Von Hippel
Princeton University
Co-chair International Panel on Fissile Materials

It is essential that government and industry are fully cognizant of the proliferation and security implications of their decisions and actions on nuclear energy. Henry Sokolski and NPEC provide a much-needed reality check – their independent in-depth analysis is invaluable in identifying weaknesses, oversights and dangers in nuclear policies and developments.

John Carlson
Former Director-General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
Former Chair, IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation

NPEC has consistently been way ahead of the curve. Not only does NPEC identify problems long before they hit the front pages, it has an excellent record at bringing together regional experts with strategic thinkers. It also thinks seriously about how the other side will try to counter whatever approach the United States adopts and realizes that foreign policy problems usually require an ongoing campaign, not just immediate policy steps. 

Patrick Clawson
Director of Research
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

“Henry Sokolski's work earns wide regard because it is both informed and trenchant. His analysis offers valuable insights and presents important challenges—not only to those who have advocated prior non-proliferation initiatives but to those who contend that there are better options.

Alton Frye
Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus
The Council on Foreign Relations 

For two decades, Henry Sokolski and NPEC have courageously and consistently advocated policies to prevent nuclear proliferation.  With a crystalline message, innovative analysis, and acute insights, NPEC has been a leader on one of the most important national security challenges to confront us.  We owe them our gratitude.

William Tobey
Former Deputy Administrator
National Nuclear Security Administration

NPEC in the Media

Oct 31, 2018: Bloomberg quotes NPEC's Executive Director on a nuclear deal with Saudi Arabia in "Khashoggi Killing Spurs Senate Fury Over Nuclear-Power Talks"

Jun 25, 2018: Stanford University's Hoover Institution quotes NPEC Executive Director on the risks of nuclear weapons spreading in "Should More Nations Have Nukes?"

Jun 15, 2018: Politico summarizes NPEC Executive Director's book, Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation, in "U.S. calls for international control of nuclear weapons, June 15, 1946"

Jun 08, 2018: NPEC's Executive Director quoted by Eric Schloser in The Globe and Mail article, "Ban the Bomb: How the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Helped Prevent Annihilation"

Jun 08, 2018: The Arms Control Association cites NPEC Executive Director and Program Advisor in its issue brief, "The U.S.-North Korean Summit and Beyond"

May 24, 2018: The Washington Post quotes latest NPEC-organized letter on the need for the nonproliferation "Gold Standard" in any nuclear agreement with Saudi Arabia in "Pompeo: Saudis must not enrich uranium if it seeks civilian nuclear cooperation"

May 11, 2018: The Washington Post cites NPEC-organized letter from 2015 in "Billions of dollars later, Energy Department pulls plug on partly built nuclear fuel plant"

Apr 20, 2018: NPEC's Executive Director quoted by Politico in "North Korea's pledge to halt nukes holds new promise — and peril"

Apr 02, 2018: The Daily Beast quotes NPEC's Executive Director on a potential war in East Asia in "How North Korea Could Start World War III"

Mar 22, 2018: NPEC Executive Director's testimony cited extensively in Bloomberg article, "U.S.'s Pass on Saudi Reactors Benefits China, Russia, Perry Says"

Mar 21, 2018: Bloomberg cites NPEC Executive Director's House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee testimony in "Saudi Prince's Nuclear Bomb Comment May Scuttle Reactor Deal"

Mar 21, 2018: NPEC's Executive Director mentioned in The New Arab article, "Lawmakers threaten to derail US-Saudi nuclear deal"

Mar 21, 2018: NPEC Program Advisor and Executive Director quoted in The Algemeiner piece, "The Middle East's Nuclear Technology Clock is Ticking"


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More of NPEC’s Work
A chronological listing by resource:

Articles | Working Papers & Monographs | Interviews | Official Docs & Letters | Op-Eds & Blogs | Press Releases | Presentations | Audio & Video | Testimony & Transcripts | Translations
NPEC's Latest
NPEC Articles & Studies
NPEC Books
     Alternative East Asian Nuclear Futures, Volume I: Military Scenarios
Jun 2018
     Reactor-Grade Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons: Exploding the Myths by Gregory S. Jones
Apr 2018
     Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, Second Edition
Aug 2018
     Nuclear Rules, Not Just Rights: The NPT Reexamined
Feb 2017
     Should We Let the Bomb Spread?
Jul 2016
     Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?
Nov 2014
     Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation
Jun 2014
     Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?
Jul 2013
     The Next Arms Race
Jul 2012
     Pure Risk: Federal Clean Energy Loan Guarantees
Apr 2012
     Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks
Dec 2010
     Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
Jan 2010
     Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Reining in the Risk
Apr 2010
     Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter
Jan 2009
     Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom
Mar 2008
     Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War
Jan 2008
     Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation
Mar 2007
     Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats
May 2006
     Getting Ready for a Nuclear Ready Iran
Jan 2005
     Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice
Nov 2004
     Checking Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Jan 2004
     Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia
Apr 2002
     Planning for a Peaceful Korea
Feb 2001
     Twenty First Century Weapons Proliferation
Jan 2001
     Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation
Jan 2001
     Prevailing in a Well-Armed World: Devising Competitive Strategies Against Weapons Proliferation
Mar 2000
     Fighting Proliferation: New Concerns for the Nineties
Jan 1996
Briefs of Import
from Outside NPEC
Nikkei Asian Review, Eiji Furakawa
Dec 14, 2018
Russia woos China to join nuclear framework with US 

South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen (6)
Dec 13, 2018
Operation Z machine: China’s next big weapon in the nuclear ‘arms race’ could create clean fuel – or deadly bombs

Aiken Standard, Colin Demarest (4)
Dec 13, 2018
MOX Services president asks nuclear agency to terminate MOX construction license 

MIT Technology Review, Peter Fairley (4)
Dec 12, 2018
China’s losing its taste for nuclear power. That’s bad news.

Engineering News-Records, Mary B. Powers
Dec 12, 2018
GE-Hitachi, Bechtel Picked to Develop Advanced Nuke Reactors 

Foreign Affairs, Andrew Krepinevich
Dec 11, 2018
The Eroding Balance of Terror 

Utility Dive, Gavin Bade (4)
Dec 11, 2018
Glick predicts return to resilience debate as McNamee prepares to take FERC seat 

Futurism, Dan Robitzski
Dec 10, 2018
Replacing Nuclear Option With Renewables Would Save France $44.5 Billion

The Week
Dec 10, 2018
'Sun in a box': MIT develops tech to store solar, wind energy 

Asia Sentinel, Jens Kastner
Dec 07, 2018
Taiwan’s Voters Pull Plug on Energy Sources 

SpaceTech Asia, Deyana Goh
Dec 07, 2018
Interview: Singapore/UK Infinite Orbits on satellite life extension & tracking space objects 

The Washington Times, Bill Gertz (5)
Dec 05, 2018
Air Force study on EMP threat

The Asahi Shimbun (57)
Dec 05, 2018
With fast reactor plan, ministry refuses to admit failure of Monju 

The Orange County Register, Jeff Collins
Dec 05, 2018
California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes 

Nikkei Asian Review, Takashi Tsuji
Dec 04, 2018
Japan to scrap Turkey nuclear project 

Politico, Darius Dixon
Dec 04, 2018
Perry planning another trip to Saudi Arabia

Focus Taiwan News Channel, Elizabeth Hsu
Dec 03, 2018
Decommissioning of 1st nuclear power plant facing major delay 

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Adrien C. Hedden
Nov 30, 2018
WIPP: Not enough space for proposed plutonium disposal 

The Drive, Joseph Trevithick
Nov 30, 2018
Russia Just Launched Five Objects Into Space. One Problem, There Were Supposed To Be Four

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The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), is a 501 (c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization
founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues. NPEC educates policymakers, journalists,
and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.
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