November 8, 2010: Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen discussed with the class several key issues for the IAEA Safeguards, including budget constraints, detection of undeclared nuclear facilities, and the need for technological and institutional reforms. In particular, Dr. Heinonen highlighted the importance of developing advanced information analysis systems and remote monitoring technology for sustaining low-cost, effective safeguarding practices in a world of anticipated nuclear power expansion.

Dr. Heinonen served at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Deputy Director General and Head of Safeguards before he joined the research faculty of Harvard Kennedy School.

October 29, 2010: Washington, DC

The class has made a trip to Washington, DC, and interviewed nuclear policy and technology experts from both public and private sectors.

During the day, we met with: Kirk Schnoebelen, President of Urenco; Lawrence Scheinman, Professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Sharon Squassoni, Director and Senior Fellow of Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Steve Fetter, Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President; Mark Goodman, Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of State; Joyce Connery, Senior Advisor for National Security, U.S. Department of Energy; and Tom Cochran, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

October 25, 2010: Seth Grae

Seth Grae from Lightbridge Corporation, a DC based company that advises the United Arab Emirates on its nuclear energy program, shared with us the industrial perspectives on nuclear power development and disarmament based on examples drawn from UAE’s nuclear development plans and responses from the international community. Dr. Grae stressed the responsibilities of the private nuclear industry in promoting safety, nonproliferation, and transparency.

October 18, 2010: Christine Wing

Christine Wing directs the Project on Multilateral Approaches to Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction at New York University (NYU). The discussion in class probed into the historical challenges and possible new directions of multilateral approaches. Dr. Wing highlighted the difficulties of establishing trust among different nations and parties.

October 4, 2010: James Acton

James Acton from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, discussed with us the historical and current views on nuclear disarmament. Questions addressed in the conversation included why to pursue disarmament, and how to create successful systems and institutions for achieving the objectives of nonproliferation and disarmament simultaneously.