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Nuclear Security and Policy

Nuclear proliferation persists as a threat, but with a new twist as non-state actors become more prominent and, perhaps, seek to bolster their cause by obtaining weapons of mass destruction. The intensifying efforts of Iran and North Korea to become full-fledged nuclear weapons states may pose an existential threat to other countries or may be a dangerous game of brinkmanship on the part of their leaders. The dual-use nature of nuclear technology in weapons development as well as civilian energy production and other civilian technologies makes nuclear issues a persistent policy concern. 

IGCC’s nuclear security program works to improve international regime governance; engages with states such as North Korea; trains new generations of experts through its Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (PPNT) program; and supports research on nuclear security policy through dissertation fellowships and faculty grants.

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What’s the Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy?

IGCC affiliated researcher Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, analyzes the challenges ahead for the Biden administration—both to contain growing nuclear weapons threats and modernize the U.S. enterprise.

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IGCC Nuclear Scientist Receives Corones Award

Congratulations to IGCC affiliated researcher Bethany Goldblum, a nuclear scientist at the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, alumna of the 2004 IGCC Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp, and IGCC affiliated researcher, for receiving the 2020 Krell Institute’s James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication.

IGCC Nuclear Scientist Receives Corones Award