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Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change

As the consequences of climate change grow ever more dire, it seems imperative that we use every alternative to carbon-based fuels—but does this include nuclear energy? 
 

Nuclear Energy and the United States-Mexico 123 Agreement

Mexico’s nuclear program dates back to the 1950s with research being performed at universities around the country and the creation of the Comisión Nacional de Energía Nuclear (CNEN) by presidential decree in 1956 under the conviction that peaceful nuclear energetic and non-energetic applications could contribute to scientific and technological development of Mexico. In 2016, the governments of both Mexico and the United States announced an agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Proliferation, Plutonium, and Power: The Carter Administration and Japan’s Search for a Plutonium Economy

Japan and the United States faced a serious rift in relations in the late 1970s over the future of civilian nuclear power. Japan hoped that the reprocessing of spent reactor fuel into plutonium would provide an abundant, domestically produced, and economical power source. The United States, especially under the Carter administration, saw an increase in the global stockpile of plutonium as a major proliferation threat.

Event Transcript: Powering Brazil - The Outlook for Brazil's Energy and Mining Sectors, with Minister Bento Albuquerque

On March 7, 2019, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque spoke at the Wilson Center on the outlook for Brazil’s energy and mining sectors under the new administration.

The Minister was candid in his recognition of the challenges ahead for Brazil, but assured that the government remains committed to strengthening governance and improving the legal and regulatory processes in the mining and energy sectors: work that has been given new urgency following the devastating collapse of the tailings mine in Brumadinho in February 2019.

POSTPONED: One Belt One Road, and Many Power Plants: Linking China’s Domestic and Global Energy Ambitions

Chinese investments in One Belt One Road energy projects reached $4.83 billion in 2016, and have been dominated by coal—driven in part by a general slowdown of domestic coal plant construction. China’s war on pollution and push to meet its Paris climate agreement obligations have strengthened domestic investments into wind and solar, as well as nuclear power. There are currently 440 nuclear power plants throughout the world, and China is seeking to add 250 plants to that total, both in-country and along the Belt and Road.

Mexico and the Nuclear Summit: Can Peña Nieto Seize the Opportunity?

President Enrique Peña Nieto is in Washington this week to participate in the Nuclear Summit hosted by U.S. President Obama. While most attention has been focused on the participation of other countries in the talks, the explicit request by the United States government for the Mexican President’s presence offers an opportunity to focus on Mexico’s highly positive role in the global nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards regime.

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Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

Robert Litwak, author of “Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal,” assessed the terms and prospective implementation of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1.

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