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Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security (NNSS)

in the 21st Century

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This summer course is designed to give students a sound understanding of the framework created by the international community to address the threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The focus is on the central element of this regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its verification mechanism, the IAEA safeguards system.

The course presents students with critical assessments of current nonproliferation issues, confronts them with the hard choices needed to address them, and provides in-depth analysis of the technical and legal framework needed to assess policy options. Exercises and demonstrations introduce students to the techniques and technologies of international safeguards and the challenges faced by international inspectors in the field. Above all, the course aims to give participants the knowledge, analytic tools, and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the nonproliferation regime.

Course Topical Areas

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Strategic Arms Control
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Successes and Failures
  • IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
  • IAEA Safeguards Design Information Verification Exercise
  • IAEA Safeguards Inventory Demonstration
  • Authorities of the IAEA
  • Strengthened IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
  • Demonstration and Exercise on Detecting Radioactive Materials
  • Other WMD Issues

Course Information

Detailed course schedule for 2015 will be available soon. To be eligible to participate, applicants must be 18 years or older as of June 14, 2015, have a valid medical insurance for the duration of the course, and must be in or entering graduate school, or have recently completed graduate school.

  • Course Brochure: Quick View | Download (pdf)
  • Housing during the course will be provided to all accepted participants.
  • A stipend of $500 is available based on a demonstration of need.

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