Governing Uranium: Security in the Front-End of the Fuel Cycle
The path from ‘ore to bomb’ is long, challenging, and requires sophisticated technologies, but natural uranium is where it starts.
Most attention in nuclear security and nonproliferation has focused on restricting the highest risk material, but recent shifts in the market for natural uranium will introduce new challenges for export controls, transport security, physical protection and tracking of materials. For example, long-standing uranium consumers such as Japan and Germany are scaling back their reliance on nuclear power, but the ambitious nuclear energy programs of India and China may soon increase global demand for natural uranium. Meanwhile, new uranium suppliers such as Malawi, Tanzania, and Greenland are entering the global marketplace. CSIS has partnered with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and other international think-tanks in the on-going "Governing Uranium" project to explore the dimensions of security of natural uranium in a changing global market.
Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Cindy Vestergaard, director of the Governing Uranium project and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, on the results of the ‘Governing Uranium’ project thus far. Sharon Squassoni, senior fellow and director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at CSIS, will moderate the discussion.