Corey Hinderstein

Vice President, International Programs

Corey Hinderstein is currently on a 24-month assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy. Until her departure in February 2015, she had led the Nuclear Threat Initiative's efforts related to building norms, regimes and frameworks for global nuclear nonproliferation and security. Areas of focus include minimizing uses of highly enriched uranium, management and verification of nuclear fuel cycle activities internationally, improving nuclear security and other nuclear risk reduction efforts.

Hinderstein led the development and launching of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), an international organization based in Vienna, Austria and the first-ever international forum for those accountable for nuclear security to share and promote best security practices. In this role, she managed international consultations with government officials and experts in nuclear material management policy and physical security, concept development, strategic and budgetary planning and fundraising. She also played a significant role in NTI's initiative to create an international nuclear fuel bank at the International Atomic Energy Agency, a multi-year effort approved in 2010.

Hinderstein edited the book Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2010) and co-authored the Innovating Verification: New Tools and New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks report series. These publications explore the key issues associated with verifying, monitoring, and enforcing the steps needed to move toward a world without nuclear weapons and offers some possible solutions to these challenges.

Prior to joining NTI, Hinderstein was deputy director and senior analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). There, she managed projects designed to integrate technical, scientific and policy research, in order to build a foundation for addressing emerging proliferation challenges.

Hinderstein is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, member-at-large on the board of directors of ISIS, a former member of the international executive committee for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), and member of Women in International Security. Hinderstein holds a bachelor's degree in government with a concentration in international relations from Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Analysis

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.

Innovating Verification Overview

The Innovating Verification Overview includes a foreword by NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn and key project findings and recommendations.

The Opportunities and Limits of Societal Verification

This paper builds on NTI's 2012 INMM submission and the work of NTI's Societal Verification Working Group, detailing new case studies which retroactively track the social media footprint of past incidents, and further analyzes key questions surrounding societal verification tools and processes.

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Projects

Trident Submarine

Military Materials Security Study Group

An international study group working to develop recommendations to tighten control of the 83 percent of the global stockpile of weapons-usable nuclear materials categorized as "military" and not subject to any international security standards or oversight mechanisms.