Policy Brief

Nuclear Terrorism: Renewed Thinking for a Changing Landscape

| Feb. 13, 2017

Mr. President, Your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I appreciate this opportunity to share with you some of my personal reflections on nuclear terrorism. Specifically, I would like to address this issue as it relates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Security Council. 

We all recognize that a nuclear accidence anywhere is a nuclear accidence everywhere. So are the ramifications from nuclear terrorism. We are fortunate enough that we have so far been saved from nuclear terrorism acts. But keep in mind that terrorists have already openly expressed their desire to gain nuclear weapons. Thefts and other attempts to obtain nuclear and radioactive materials reveal that materials could be acquired under such circumstances. Compromises to nuclear security also take other forms. For instance, the energy industry has been subject ti cyber attacks, including sabotage at nuclear installations. 

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For Academic Citation: Heinonen, Olli. “Nuclear Terrorism: Renewed Thinking for a Changing Landscape.” Policy Brief, February 13, 2017.

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