2012 Nuclear Security Summit
In April 2010, the first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, DC where world leaders came together to discuss how to better safeguard fissile materials to prevent nuclear terrorism. Two years later, the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit will be held in Seoul, South Korea from March 26-27, where 53 heads of state and international organizations will come together to discuss international cooperative measures to protect nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups.
The Nuclear Security Summit comes at a critical juncture. Global terrorist attacks have prompted concerns about nuclear terrorism, and many states may continue to shop for nuclear reactors to meet their energy supply needs, despite the horrific incident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Against this backdrop, world leaders are charged with the difficult task of agreeing on measures that will secure vulnerable materials around the world.
Want to learn more about the issues that will be discussed at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit? Check out FAS's resources below:
Nuclear Information Project which tracks global nuclear weapons and analyzes nuclear doctrine and developments in the nuclear fuel cycle.
The Nuclear Information Project is broken up into 3 sections:
Nuclear Weapons : Profiles of nuclear countries, nuclear doctrines and missions and status of worlds nuclear forces.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Updates regarding developments in nuclear fuel cycle relevant to nuclear weapons proliferation and uranium enrichment methods.
Nuclear Calculators: Calculate weapons blast effect and fallout should a nuclear weapons attack occur.
2012 Nuclear Security Summit featuring Dr. Charles Ferguson, March 23, 2012
Nuclear Security Q & A with Hans Kristensen, September 30, 2011
Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty
Plutonium Production: June 20, 2000
Highly Enriched Uranium: Striking a Balance: January 2001
National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century: September 2008
Security of Nuclear Reactors and Special Nuclear Materials: April 30, 1993
Securing Nuclear Materials: The 2010 Summit and Issues for Congress: October 31, 2011
Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements: September 20, 2011
"Dirty Bombs": Background in Brief: June 24, 2011
Nuclear Weapons R&D Organizations in Nine Nations: February 28, 2011
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI): January 18, 2011
Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities: August 23, 2010