24 Events

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Book Talk: Insider Threats

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials. From Edward Snowden to the Fort Hood shooter to the theft of nuclear materials, the threat from insiders is on the front page and at the top of the policy agenda. Insider Threats offers detailed case studies of insider disasters across a range of different types of institutions, from biological research laboratories, to nuclear power plants, to the U.S. Army. Matthew Bunn and Scott D. Sagan outline cognitive and organizational biases that lead organizations to downplay the insider threat, and they synthesize "worst practices" from these past mistakes, offering lessons that will be valuable for any organization with high security and a lot to lose.

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Nuclear 101: Making the Essential Ingredients of Nuclear Weapons

Wed., Oct. 12, 2016 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

In this “Nuclear 101” session, Professor of Practice Matthew Bunn will provide a basic overview of the how to produce highly enriched uranium and plutonium—the key ingredients for nuclear weapons. Prior to the session, please watch thisvideo lecture by Prof. Bunn on this topic. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Last Nuclear Security Summit: Continuous Improvement or Decline?

Wed., Mar. 9, 2016 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

The fourth in a series of global summit meetings focused on nuclear security — likely to be the last for some time —will occur in Washington March 31-April 1. Meanwhile, recent events — including extended monitoring of a senior official of a facility with substantial stocks of HEU by Islamic State operatives — highlight the ever-evolving threat. Will the summit participants agree on approaches that will “keep this process alive and effective” after the summits end, as President Obama put it at the last summit? Or will attention turn elsewhere, and nuclear security progress stall or even erode? In this MTA Seminar, Matthew Bunn will describe the ongoing threat, offer some previews of likely summit outcomes, and discuss some next steps to keep nuclear weapons and their essential ingredients out of terrorist hands.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Back From The Hague Summit: The Next Steps for Nuclear Security

Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

The Belfer Center's Executive Director for Research Gary Samore will moderate a discussion with Professor of Practice Matthew Bunn and Senior Fellow William H. Tobey on take-aways from the recent Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague and on priorities for strengthening nuclear security in the summit’s aftermath.

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Nuclear 101: Technologies and Institutions for Nuclear Security (NEW DATE)

Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

What are the most important technologies and approaches used to protect weapons-usable nuclear materials from theft? What are the major international agreements and initiatives focused on improving nuclear security? What are the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches? This seminar will provide a brief introduction to each of these topics.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis. Note the new date of this event, postponed from February 5th, 2014.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Nuclear 101: Technology and Policy of Nuclear Security

Wed., May 8, 2013 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

What are the most important technologies and approaches used to protect weapons-usable nuclear materials from theft? What are the major international agreements and initiatives focused on improving nuclear security? What are the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches? This seminar will provide a brief introduction to each of these topics.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.