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Forum delivers insights on nuclear issues


How can government partner with the private sector to control sensitive nuclear technology without blocking legitimate commerce? How could social media be used to target information-driven arms control and nonproliferation? How are nuclear disarmament dynamics shifting?

These were just a few of the intriguing topics that 90 participants tackled at a nuclear security forum on April 18-19. The event, attended by representatives from seven countries, was part of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), an activity of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS was recently ranked the world’s top security and international affairs “think tank” by a well-respected annual assessment from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Rising experts in the nuclear security field presented research findings on nuclear weapons issues and shared information in interactive forums. Speakers covered work that was funded by NNSA and other agencies. Graduate students from 12 universities also participated, advancing a PONI goal of building a networked community of young nuclear experts. Warren Stern, Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provided keynote remarks at the meeting.

This year’s event was held at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and DOE’s Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center. During tours, participants experienced an up-close-and-personal view of technologies and facilities to counter nuclear terrorism, prevent proliferation, and verify arms control regimes.