Andrew Newman, PhD

Senior Director for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Activities

As senior director for nuclear fuel cycle activities at NTI, Andrew Newman is focused on nuclear energy/waste and nonproliferation. He leads NTI’s Developing Spent Fuel Strategies and Fuel Cycle of the Future projects and is one of the executive secretaries for the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification.

Prior to joining NTI, Newman was a research associate with Harvard University's Project on Managing the Atom, where he conducted research into reducing the risks of nuclear theft and terrorism worldwide and addressing key constraints on the future development of nuclear energy globally. Previous to his post at Harvard, Newman spent three years with the Nuclear Science and Technology Office at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Before that, he worked with RANSAC (now the Partnership for Global Security) in Washington, DC and in the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner, Department of Justice, Victoria, Australia.

Newman is also an adjunct research associate at Monash University, Victoria Australia where he holds a PhD in political science and lectured in international relations, arms control and US politics from 1997 to 2005.

Newman is the lead author of Decision-making and Radioactive Waste Disposal (Routledge, 2016) and co-edited Japan, Australia and Asia-Pacific Security (Routledge, 2006). Journal articles include: “International Approaches to Spent Fuel Management: Challenges and Opportunities,” in the Universal Journal of Physics and Application (Vol.10, No.5, 2016) with Tom Isaacs and Alina Constantin; "'An area previously determined to be the best adapted for such purposes’: Nevada, Nuclear Waste and Assembly Joint Resolution 15 of 1975," in the Journal of Policy History (Vol. 24, No. 3, Summer 2012); “From HEU Minimization to Elimination: Time to change the vocabulary,” in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Vol.68, No.4, July/August 2012) with Corey Hinderstein and Ole Reistad; and "Megatons to Megawatts" in a U.S. State Department publication, A World Free of Nuclear Weapons (2010).

He was part of the team which produced the report, Promoting Safe, Secure, and Peaceful Growth of Nuclear Energy: Next Steps for Russia and the United States (Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center and Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute, 2010), was the working group lead for the Building Global Capacity report of NTI’s Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks project (launched July 2014) and is part of the NTI-CENESS Dialogue on the Future of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation.

Analysis

Decision-making and Radioactive Waste Disposal

Decision-making and Radioactive Waste Disposal explores the issue of finding suitable locations for radioactive waste disposal while balancing stakeholder interactions. Co-authored by NTI Senior Program Officer for Material Security and Minimization Andrew Newman, PhD. and Gerry Nagtzaam, this valuable resource fills a gap in the literature and provides recommendations for future disposal facility siting efforts.

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

The Developing Spent Fuel Strategies report lays out a set of findings regarding the management of spent fuel and presents recommendations for developing spent fuel pathways in the United States and internationally that address broader fuel cycle concerns.

A New Approach to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Best Practices

In the past decade, a resurgence of enthusiasm for nuclear power has rekindled interest in efforts to manage the fuel cycle. The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Japan and current proliferation crises in North Korea and Iran raise this question: Is the current approach on the fuel cycle—leaving uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing capabilities in the hands of national governments—too risky on proliferation grounds? New approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle with the objective of mitigating proliferation risks can also help improve nuclear governance, making nuclear energy safer and more sustainable.

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Projects

Centrifuge Cascade

A New Approach to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

New approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle with the objective of mitigating proliferation risks can also help improve nuclear governance, making nuclear energy safer and more sustainable. This project sought to build consensus on common goals, address practical challenges, and engage a spectrum of actors that influence policymaking regarding the nuclear fuel cycle.
Spent Fuel Pool San Onofre

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

Generating new solutions for spent fuel waste management and addressing broader fuel cycle concerns in the United States and internationally.
The Vinca nuclear research reactor, where NTI acted to catalyze the removal of two and a half bombs’ worth of HEU.

HEU Minimization

NTI supports the phased elimination of civil uses for HEU and is working to build an international consensus on reducing dependence on HEU for peaceful activities.
IPNDV Group

International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification

A public-private partnership to build global capacity and increase understanding of future monitoring and verification challenges.
US-Russia Meeting

Dialogue on the Future of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Cooperation

NTI has partnered with the Russian Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) to launch a high-level dialogue on the future of US-Russia nuclear cooperation.
Verification Pilot Project Group

Verification Pilot Project

The Verification Pilot Project is a collaborative effort led by NTI to unite experts from around the world to explore new approaches to verification that could prompt near-term progress on non-proliferation and nuclear security and enable future progress on arms reductions.