FAS Roundup: December 16, 2013

By December 16, 2013

Sanctions against Iran, Global Fissile Material Report and  more.

Op-ed: Congress Should Delay Action on New Sanctions Against Iran

In an op-ed published in Al Jazeera America, Christopher Bidwell, Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation and Law, writes that economic sanctions have proven effective against Iran, but at this point they will only interfere with peaceful negotiations over their nuclear program. Congressional action toward new sanctions against Iran now would make the U.S. appear bellicose and uninterested in a policy change on Iran’s nuclear program.

Read the article here. 


2013 Global Fissile Material Report

Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, and Robert S. Norris, Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, authored a chapter in the recently released 2013 Global Fissile Material Report: Increasing Transparency of Nuclear Warhead and Fissile Material Stocks as a Step Toward Disarmamentproduced by the International Panel on Fissile Materials. Kristensen and Norris provide an overview of world nuclear warhead stockpiles and transparency.

Global Fissile Material Report 2013 is the seventh Global Fissile Material Report by IPFM. The report includes proposals to increase nuclear weapon state transparency of their warheads and fissile material stocks.

Read the chapter here. 

From the Blogs

Redacted Budget Book Provides a Peek at the NRO: The National Reconnaissance Office, which builds and operates U.S. intelligence satellites, has just released the unclassified portions of its FY 2014 Congressional Budget Justification, a detailed account of its budget request for the current year. Although more than 90% of the 534-page document (dated April 2013) was withheld from public release under the Freedom of Information Act, some substantive material was approved for public disclosure, providing a rare glimpse of agency operations, future plans and self-perceptions.

The Mexican Radiation Accident: In the wake of theft of cobalt-60 in Mexico last week, Dr. Y takes a look at the science behind the radiation dose and dose rates of cobalt-60 in part one of a series on incidents of radioactive materials and security.

Religious Dimensions of the Targeting Process: U.S. military doctrine extends to religious aspects of combat operations and the role of chaplains as spiritual advisers. A new update to the doctrine “clarifies the chaplain’s advisement role in the targeting process to ensure the focus is on the ethical, moral, and religious dimensions.” As noncombatants and “ministers of religion,” chaplains have protected status under the laws of war.

Child Labor in America and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as the New START Treaty, U.S. foreign trade zones and U.S. relations with South Africa.

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Course on Nuclear Nonproliferation

FAS and George Mason University are hosting a three-day short course on nuclear nonproliferation from February 3 to February 5, 2014 at the George Mason Arlington campus. The course is designed to introduce participants to the challenges facing the world that result from the proliferation of nuclear technologies, and the scope of nuclear capabilities and arsenals in the world today.

Early bird registration is $1100 and will last until January 10, 2014.

Click here for more information on course registration, instructors and course topics.


Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group Winter Symposium

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy, Mr. Christopher Bidwell will speak at the Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group Winter Symposium in Washington, DC. The topic of Mr. Bidwell’s presentation is the future of Iran sanctions and interaction between the United States, European Union and the private sector.

The event is hosted in partnership with: the American Security Project, The American Bar Association’s International Anti-Money Laundering Committee, the FBI’s InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance, the ABA Intl Financial Products and Services Committee, the ABA Privacy, e-Commerce and Data Security Committee, the ABA Young Lawyers Interest Network and the ABA Section of Criminal Justice.

Registration is $25 for members of partner organization, $35 for non-members. Fee is waived for government employees who attend in person. More details can be found here.

FAS in the News

Dec 13: Mashable“Mapping The Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases”

Dec 12: The National Interest“Commentary: Fewer Nukes Don’t Mean More Danger”

Dec 10: Mashable“Russian Nukes Supply 10% Of U.S. Power, But That’s About To Change” 

Dec 10: Chicago Tribune“From Soviet Warheads To Nuclear Fuel”

Dec 9: Think Progress“Obama: Option Of Totally Dismantling Iran’s Nuclear Program Is ‘Not Available'”

Dec 9: Center for Public Integrity“Intelligence Contractors Donate Millions To Intelligence Watchdogs In Congress”

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