Five Nuclear Must-Reads for the New Year

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.

U.S.-Russia Relations 

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.

Beating the Cyber Threat to Nuclear Infrastructure

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.

Take a Peak under the Mountain

As the year came to a close, North Korea raised new concerns about its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities. NTI has collected our comprehensive North Korea resources, including our North Korea Nuclear Year-in-Review, featuring a 3D model of the country’s underground nuclear testing facility.

Planes, Subs, and ICBM’s

In the early days of the transition, Samantha Pitts-Kiefer wrote a thorough rundown of the nuclear-related challenges ahead for the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress. From nuclear modernization and the bow-wave to nonproliferation and prompt-launch status, the new president, his Cabinet and Congress will face a host of important decisions that will shape the future of U.S. and global nuclear policy.

Ten Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President

NTI’s Steve Andreasen and Isabelle Williams joined leading national security experts in offering a series of big ideas for the incoming administration to reduce nuclear risks. Andreasen and Williams particularly highlighted the growing threat posed by U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Others called for unilateral nuclear reductions and the phasing out of ICBMs. 

January 3, 2017
Carter B. Bates
Carter B. Bates

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