FAS Roundup- December 5, 2011

By December 5, 2011

FAS Roundup: December 5, 2011

Dormant civil liberties oversight board, podcast highlighting Iran’s nuclear program, new CRS reports and more. 

From the Blogs

  • Civil Liberties Oversight Board Still Dormant: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board was supposed to provide independent oversight of U.S. counterterrorism policies. But, it remains dormant as its members have not been named or confirmed.
  • In the 1950s, Dr. Mary Jean Scott Silk joined the Federation of American Scientists. She worked at Brookhaven National Laboratories from 1952 to 1958 and graduated from John Hopkins University with a doctorate in nuclear physics in 1958. In a Q+A with Dr. Scott Silk on the FAS in a Nutshell Blog, she discusses her involvement with FAS in its early years, her work at Brookhaven and future nuclear threats. 


  • Dr. Sudha Siva, Outreach Coordinator of the Biosecurity Program, spoke at the the International Working Group (IWG)  Landeau Network Centro Volto (LNCV) Biosecurity Workshop in Lake Como, Italy on November 18, 2011 regarding increased education and engagement in the biosecurity community.


  • Listen to the new edition of the FAS podcast series, “A Conversation with an Expert” featuring Dr. Ali Vaez, Director of the Iran Project. Topics discussed include: the recent IAEA report on Iran (released November 8, 2011), history of Iran’s relationship with IAEA and Iranian public opinion regarding nuclear pursuits.

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