NTI and the Moscow-based Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Government of Kazakhstan, sponsored a radiological security workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 24-25th. The workshop reviewed progress on strengthening the security around radiological sources in Central Asia and explored opportunities to improve radiological security and prevent the illicit trafficking of radioactive sources. The two-day event brought together over 50 technical experts and officials from regional countries – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – as well as the United States, the Russian Federation and the IAEA.
“We commend the Government of Kazakhstan for hosting this important regional meeting which will strengthen nuclear and radiological security in this region,” said NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn. “We are particularly pleased to join the Center for Energy and Security Studies as partners in this effort, and we thank the International Atomic Energy Agency for its support and cooperation.”
Andrew Bieniawski, NTI’s Vice President for Material Security and Minimization, emphasized the importance of engagement on radiological security among diverse national and regional stakeholders.
Addressing the security of radioactive sources in Central Asia is one of more than 50 recommendations made in a joint NTI and CENESS report on U.S. – Russian cooperation in the nuclear sphere. The report, Pathways to Cooperation, was published in February 2017 as the result of “Track II” dialogues between U.S. and Russian experts sponsored by NTI and CENESS.
Read more about NTI’s work to address radiological threats here.
Cathy Gwin (NTI)