Publications: Commentary

Nuclear, Climate, and the Next Election

The debate over the role of nuclear power in addressing climate change is heating up like the atmosphere. But it's amounting to a lot of hot air because it is not clear that America‚Äôs foremost presidential aspirants and allied leaders fully understand the essential connection between these issues. At a CNN Town Hall on climate…
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Prizing Practicality over Ideology to Address Climate Change

As the climate crisis worsens, and the evidence of its destructive impact becomes more vivid, the conflict over how best to address the challenge is throwing more heat than light. A recent article makes the case against a significant role for nuclear power as a carbon free response to the ravages of climate change. But,…
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Rebuilding Nuclear Guardrails for New Realities

The global nuclear guardrail system is being seriously challenged and steadily weakened. Built laboriously over numerous decades to manage a variety of nuclear risks, the arms control, non-proliferation, and nuclear security systems are flagging in the face of new realities, particularly intensifying geopolitical competition, emerging disruptive technologies, and evolving nuclear players. Adapting to these new…
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Recharging Nuclear Security

The Obama-era priority of strengthening global nuclear security and protecting all vulnerable materials has faded out like an old photograph. It was a unique and remarkable opportunity that launched four unprecedented heads-of-state summits in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. But its transformative potential was squandered. It never built the durable bridge necessary for long-term engagement…
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