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The Nonproliferation Regime

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) represents three basic bargains. The first is encapsulated in Articles One and Two of the treaty. They prohibit states with nuclear weapons from transferring them or the means to make them to states that lack nuclear weapons, and ban nonweapons states from acquiring them. The second NPT bargain is set forth in Articles Three, Four, and Six. These articles stipulate that the nuclear weapons states will negotiate in good faith to disarm and will share the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy with nonweapons states. In exchange, the nonweapons states pledge not to acquire nuclear weapons and to allow international inspections of their civilian nuclear facilities and materials to verify whether non-nuclear weapons states are in compliance with the treaty and are not diverting peaceful nuclear activities or materials to make nuclear weapons.

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Aug 05, 2010 National Review Online, "Nuclear Nonproliferation Games: America is acting like a nuclear chump. We don't need to."
In a National Review Online posting, NPEC's executive director argues that the U.S. needs to condition foreign firms access to the U.S. market and nuclear business upon their willingness to support its nonproliferation goals.
Jul 20, 2010 NPEC Joins Plea for Senate Phase Out of U.S. Exports of Bomb-Usable Uranium
In a recent letter to Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), national-security experts warn that his hold on the American Medical Isotope Production Act, which calls for the steady elimination of "highly enriched" uranium exports, sends the wrong signal to foreign manufactures who utilize this bomb-grade material.
Official Docs & Letters
May 29, 2010 National Review Online, "Obama's Backing of the NPT Final Declaration: Nonproliferation With a Vengence."
NPEC's executive director questions in a blog post for National Review Online if anyone but Iran benefited from the NPT final declaration.
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 17, 2010 Sir Quinlan: Nuclear Zealot for Moderation
NPEC's Executive Director reviews the final book by the late British statesman and nuclear weapons theorist Sir Michael Quinlan, Thinking about Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects, for the U.S. Naval War College Review.
May 06, 2010 Keeping U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation Peaceful
NPEC's executive director makes recommendations on how to revise the Atomic Energy Act for future agreements in his testimony, "Keeping U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation Peaceful".  This testimony was made before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on May 6, 2010, for coverage check out this dispatch from the Global Security Newswire. Watch the video here or read the transcript here.
Testimony & Transcripts
May 02, 2010 Radio Free Europe Interview with NPEC Lays Out NPT Revcon Possibilities and Pitfalls
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interviews NPEC's Executive Director as the NPT Review Conference begins in a discussion focusing on the challenge Iran poses to the treaty and possible ways to get China, Russia and the Nonaligned Movement to support confronting Tehran with UN backed sanctions.
Apr 22, 2010 The NPT's Untapped Potential to Prevent Proliferation
NPEC releases the introduction to its forthcoming book, "Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty", which discusses the NPT's untapped potential to prevent proliferation, published by the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.
Working Papers & Monographs
Apr 19, 2010 The Nuclear Crowd
In a recent Armed Forces Journal article, NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski discusses "The nuclear crowd: Global proliferation trends that will test America's security."  Mr. Sokolski comments on the recent U.S.-Russian nuclear agreement, and describes implications of U.S. nuclear policy in general.
Apr 15, 2010 18 NPEC Policy Recommendations Adopted by Final Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism unanimously adopted 18 of NPEC’s recommendations in four areas of policy—(i) U.S. nuclear policy, (ii) IAEA and international nuclear safeguards reform, (iii) implementation of the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperative Agreement and the prevention of arms races in Asia, and (iv) strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). The attached document describes these recommendations in detail.
Official Docs & Letters
Apr 12, 2010 National Review Online, "Puffing Up the Nuclear Summit: What's Being Ignored."
A new blog posting, "Puffing Up the Nuclear Summit: What's Being Ignored" in the National Review Online by NPEC's executive director argues that while the Obama administration focuses on nuclear security at its summit the production of more dangerous fissile materials is not getting its dues.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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