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Department of Defense via Flickr

Department of Defense via Flickr

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Will the Nuclear Posture Review Reveal the Biden Doctrine?

| Oct. 12, 2021

In managing expectations across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, the Biden administration should aim to release an NPR grounded in clear-eyed analysis but moderate in tone and posture. It should be guided by what international relations theorists call “defensive realism.” While depicting vividly and without hesitation a world in crisis, the NPR should argue that a return to a classical nuclear deterrence posture is the most effective strategy for the United States. 

CTBTO analysts working at the organization's International Data Centre in Vienna in 2020.

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Analysis & Opinions - European Leadership Network

The CTBT at 25: How Might the International Community Better Foster Its Entry Into Force?

| Sep. 24, 2021

Creating the conditions for the CTBT to enter into force has eluded the international community for the past 25 years. Since the CTBT opened for signature in 1996, the geopolitical landscape has only deteriorated.

The infrasound station array at infrasound station IS49, Tristan da Cunha, U.K.

CTBTO/Wikimedia Commons

Journal Article - Arms Control Today

The CTBT at 25 and Beyond

| September 2021

Despite political and legal uncertainty, the CTBTO and its member states have shown remarkable ingenuity in establishing a successful global monitoring network—the International Monitoring System (IMS)—of unprecedented scale and sophistication. The system relies on superb and still unsurpassed technical capabilities for monitoring and verifying the global nuclear test ban. Nevertheless, serious technical and political challenges to the long-term sustainability of the organization and the monitoring system are slowly emerging. Consequently, although this would be undesirable and politically costly, the international community should consider taking steps to decouple the IMS from the treaty’s fate in order to maintain and expand on the extraordinary technical investments that the monitoring system represents.

The Grohnde Nuclear Power Plant in Germany.


Journal Article - Issues in Science and Technology

A Viable Nuclear Industry

| Summer 2021

Aditi Verma and Denia Djokić call for rethinking our collective approach to the benefits and risks of nuclear technology—a call that is crucial and timely. As humanity confronts the catastrophic consequences of climate change, questions related to the viability of nuclear energy to achieve a decarbonized world abound. The authors, however, push the boundaries of the current conversation by arguing that what is required to make nuclear energy “viable” for the twenty-first century is much more than just an exercise in technological development.

Barakah nuclear power plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.


Analysis & Opinions - Nature

Nuclear Energy, Ten Years After Fukushima

| Mar. 05, 2021

Ten years have passed since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, triggering the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

The accident struck at a time of renewed hope and untested optimism surrounding a new wave of nuclear-energy technologies and the part they might play in achieving a low-carbon future. It led to retrenchment, amid fresh concerns over the technological, institutional and cultural vulnerabilities of nuclear infrastructures, and the fallibility of humans in designing, managing and operating such complex systems.

A decade after the disaster, these serious questions linger, even as the climate crisis grows nearer.

Research Fellow Denia Djokić speaks at the Managing the Atom seminar in March 2019.

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2021-2022 Managing the Atom Fellowships: Application Open Until Jan. 15

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs welcomes fellowship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. MTA is Harvard's principal research group focusing on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policies. 

The online application for fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. The application deadline is January 15, 2021. All recommendation letters will be due on February 3, 2021. Decisions will be announced by March 30, 2021.

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Announcement - Managing the Atom Project, Belfer Center

Managing the Atom Welcomes Francesca Giovannini as its New Executive Director

| Nov. 23, 2020

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) is pleased to welcome Francesca Giovannini as its new Executive Director.  With more than a decade-long career in international security, nuclear non-proliferation, and multilateral diplomacy, Ms. Giovannini brings to MTA an exceptional mix of professional skills, robust nuclear expertise, and an extensive network of diplomatic, political and technological partnerships.

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Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Respect at the Project on Managing the Atom

The Project on Managing the Atom is an inclusive and supportive research group. We strive to foster a culture of respect for the ideas and contributions of each member of our community. In our work, we expose ourselves to and learn from a broad array of ideas, insights, and cultures. Gaining these exposures and insights involves interacting with outstanding people from diverse backgrounds and traditions, and ensuring that each participant at theProject on Managing the Atom feels that they belong and are valued in our community.