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 (January 2014 through November 2017), 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 the immediate past president of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) and serves on the board of directors for WINS and for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. She also chairs the Nonproliferation and National Security Department Advisory Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory and serves on Idaho National Laboratory’s  Nuclear Science and Technology Strategic Advisory Committee.


Get To Know NTI: Corey Hinderstein

Corey Hinderstein is NTI’s Vice President of the International Fuel Cycle Strategies. She works on issues pertaining to the intersection of civil nuclear activities and national security, with a focus on nuclear verification. Corey sat down with NTI's Caitlyn Collett for the latest in Atomic Pulse's "Get to Know NTI" series.

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.

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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.
Barrkah Nuclear Power Plant

Fuel Cycle of the Future

NTI is committed to identifying, incentivizing, and implementing an international nuclear fuel cycle approach that supports a reliable and economically sustainable commercial fuel market, while reinforcing key nonproliferation and nuclear security principles.
IAEA inspector

International Safeguards and Monitoring

By building a more comprehensive and collaborative dialogue with the IAEA and other countries, NTI will help identify areas to implement dormant authorities and develop a vision for post-Additional Protocol IAEA safeguards. We will substantively augment the work of other NTI projects (Fuel Cycle of the Future and Developing Spent Fuel Strategies) to create a comprehensive, proliferation-resistant nuclear fuel cycle that is backstopped with appropriate and effective safeguards and monitoring measures.

International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification

A public-private partnership to build global capacity and increase understanding of future monitoring and verification challenges.
Spent Fuel Pool San Onofre

Developing Spent Fuel Strategies

In 2013, NTI launched the Developing Spent Fuel Strategies project with generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (as well as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation during 2013 and 2014. Drawing on three international workshops (Paris 2013, Taipei 2014, Singapore 2015), NTI’s work to strengthen global approaches to nuclear materials management, the work of the NTI-CSIS expert group New Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC), the project has created a network of nuclear fuel cycle experts in the Pacific Rim to develop solutions to shared spent fuel management problems and explore ways to address broader fuel cycle concerns.
Fuel Bank Signing

International IAEA LEU Bank

NTI, with advisor Warren Buffett’s backing, committed $50 million for an international bank for storing low-enriched uranium to address nuclear proliferation risks