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Nuclear Security & 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 work with implications for nuclear security includes improving international regime governance, engaging with states such as North Korea, training new generations of experts with technical and policy expertise in this field through its Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (PPNT) program, and support of research on nuclear security policy through dissertation fellowships and faculty grants.


From 2011 to 2016, IGCC was a member of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC), an effort headed by UC Berkeley's Nuclear Engineering Department to train students in nuclear physics, nuclear and radiation chemistry, nuclear engineering, nuclear instrumentation and public policy. The NSSC supports a number of PPNT trainees each year.