Events

  • Signatures on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) document.

    Public Domain

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Iran's Nuclear Decision-Making: Historical Trends and the Role of U.S. Policy

    Thu., May 17, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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

    Speaker: Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, Research Fellow with the Iran Project and Project on Managing the Atom

    During this seminar, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh will examine historical trends in Iran's nuclear-decision making and discuss the role of U.S. foreign policy in shaping such decision-making.  This event comes on the heels of President Trump's May 8th decision to have the United States cease fulfilling its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or "Iran nuclear deal," reached between the P5+1, EU and Iran in 2015. The event will be off-the-record.
     
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Nuclear Role in Decarbonization?

    Wed., Apr. 25, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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

    Speaker: Michael Ford, French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment.

    In this seminar, we will briefly examine the history of the U.S. Department of Energy in advanced nuclear research and development and propose an alternative path that is better suited to the market and technical realities of advanced nuclear concepts. We will also examine broader issues of institutional capacity that may impact the wider deployment of nuclear power to meet carbon mitigation goals.

  • Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Reactors

    Peretz Partensky/Flickr

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Can we break the link between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?

    Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    1 Brattle Square - Room 350

    Speaker: AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

    Advanced nuclear reactors offer enormous promise as carbon-free solutions for a range of energy and development challenges due to their potentially lower cost, flexibility, and enhanced safety. To meaningfully influence climate change, these reactors will need to be widely deployed, including in countries without extensive nuclear experience and in designs using novel fuel cycles. And policymakers, regulators, and civil society will need to have confidence that these reactors are designed not only with safety and cost in mind but also with due consideration to whether terrorists, insiders, or even governments can sabotage a facility or acquire or divert nuclear material that could be used for weapons. Meeting these challenges requires more than a slogan of “proliferation resistance” and relates to security- and safeguards-by-design as well as fuel cycle characteristics. Reactors that incorporate security- and safeguards-by-design could become more attractive exports, maximizing economic and national security benefits for the United States.

  • President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia sign the New START Treaty during a ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, April 8, 2010.

    Chuck Kennedy/White House Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Strategic Stability after the end of Strategic Arms Control

    Wed., Jan. 17, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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

    Speaker: Ambassador Linton Brooks

    Russian violation of the INF Treaty means that it will be politically impossible to replace New START when it expires and even an extension may be difficult.  As a result, by 2026 at the latest and perhaps as soon as 2021, there will be—for the first time in half a century—no formal agreement regulating nuclear relations between Russia and the United States.  This presentation will discuss the resulting consequences for strategic stability and how they might be mitigated.  It will conclude that serious examination, both internally and bilaterally, should begin soon.