As 2017 begins, with it comes a new set of leaders – in the administration
and in Congress – who will set nuclear policy for the United States and influence
nuclear policies worldwide. How issues such as nuclear modernization, cyber
security and arms control will play out over the next four years remains to be
seen, but nuclear issues made headlines a number of times over the holidays as
journalists and experts debated the meaning and intent of President-elect Trump’s
tweets and North Korea raised new concerns about its nuclear ambitions.
Below are our five must-read reports and articles, highlighting the key issues that are sure to continue to make headlines in 2017.
Arguably the biggest topic of the last three months has been the current and future trajectory of U.S.-Russia relations. Relations between the world’s largest nuclear powers have reached a low-water mark over issues ranging from Syria and Ukraine to cyber hacking, and NATO. President-elect Trump has signaled an interest in rebuilding relations between the countries. NTI’s Robert Berls Jr. and Leon Ratz released a report recommending key steps for the next administration to lower the risks of nuclear accidents or miscalculation. The report has a foreword by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn.
From Stuxnet to Fancy Bear, cyber-attacks and hacking have become a new normal. Alexandra Van Dine, Page Stoutland and Michael Assante published an in-depth report on steps states, industry and international organizations can take to protect nuclear facilities from this ever-evolving threat.