Corey Hinderstein

Vice-President, International Fuel Cycle Strategies

Corey Hinderstein serves as vice president of international fuel cycle strategies, returning to NTI after a three-year leave, during which she was senior coordinator for nuclear security and nonproliferation policy affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Corey brings deep expertise in international nuclear fuel cycle policy, improving global nuclear security, as well as arms control and nonproliferation verification.

At DOE, Hinderstein led its Iran Task Force, responsible for the development and implementation of policy and activities related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. She also advised the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation on other significant policy and communications initiatives. Hinderstein was the Department’s lead for the substantive and logistical preparations for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, including designing, implementing and explaining significant DOE contributions to the Summit process, and served as the DOE’s representative on the White House Summit (“Sherpa”) team.

From 2006 to 2015, Hinderstein served as vice president for international programs at NTI, working on global nuclear nonproliferation and security.

Hinderstein led the development and launch 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 low-enriched uranium bank at the International Atomic Energy Agency, a multi-year effort approved in 2010 and launched in 2017.

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 offer 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 currently president of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), and a member of Women in International Security and the American Nuclear Society. 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.