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2012 Nuclear Security Summit 

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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:

FAS Projects


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.

Blog Posts


Strategic Security Blog- Nuclear Security



2012 Nuclear Security Summit featuring Dr. Charles Ferguson, March 23, 2012

Nuclear Security Q & A with Hans Kristensen, September 30, 2011

FAS Resources


Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty

Verification of a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty

The FMCT and Cuts in Fissile Material Stockpiles  

Fissile Material Treaty: Negotiating Approaches


Fissile Materials

Centifuges and Nuclear Weapon Proliferation

Fissile Material Disposal Chronology

Walker Transparency and Fissile Materials

Closing the Gaps: Securing High Enriched Uranium in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe : May 2002

Plutonium Production: June 20, 2000

Plutonium in Use: From single atoms to multiton amounts: 2000

Plutonium Isotopics- Non-Proliferation And Safeguards Issues

The Chemical Complexities of Plutonium: 2000

Nuclear Weapons Grade Fissile Materials: The Most Serious Threat to U.S. National Security Today? : January 1995

Uranium Production

Highly Enriched Uranium: Striking a Balance: January 2001


Nuclear Security:

The Human Dimension of Nuclear Security: Lessons for the Nuclear Security Community: March 30, 2011

National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century: September 2008

Security of Nuclear Reactors and Special Nuclear Materials: April 30, 1993


South Korea

Military Summary: Republic of South Korea

CRS Reports


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": Technical Background, Attack Prevention and Response, Issues for Congress: June 24, 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

Detection of Nuclear Weapons and Materials: Science, Technologies, Observations: June 4, 2010

2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference: Key Issues and Implications: May 3, 2010

Banning Fissile Material Production for Nuclear Weapons: Prospects for a Treaty (FMCT): July 14, 2006