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POLICY FORUM: The 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: Opportunitie

Time:2011-11-23 15:17Source:NAPSNet, Author:军控协会 Click:
This paper was originally published by the Korea Economic Institute on September 28, 2011 and is available here.

 

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  The 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: Opportunities and Challenges  

By Duyeon Kim

November 22, 2011

This paper was originally published by the Korea Economic Institute on September 28, 2011 and is available here.

Read this report online at:
http://www.nautilus.org/publications/essays/napsnet/forum/2012_NSS_Kim

Nautilus invites your contributions to this forum, including any responses to this report.

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CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Report by Duyeon Kim

III. References

IV. Nautilus invites your responses

 

I. Introduction
 
Duyeon Kim, Deputy Director of Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, writes, “There are clear ways in which Seoul can capitalize on its strengths to flavor the 2012 [Nuclear Security Summit] with a “Korean twist” as it maintains depth on key substantive issues that ensure the security of nuclear materials, parts, and facilities…The challenge lies in clearly demonstrating that the benefits outweigh the costs, and that states would have a national interest in further investing their political capital in nuclear security."
 
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II. Report by Duyeon Kim

-“The 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: Opportunities and Challenges”

by Duyeon Kim

Introduction

The March 2012 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, Korea 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 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Nightmare scenarios include vulnerable nuclear materials falling into the wrong hands or being smuggled across borders, and nuclear facilities becoming targets for terrorist attacks. The NSS also comes after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster reminded the world that the force of nature, combined with the force of malice, threatens the safety features of nuclear facilities that are intended to protect, not harm, life. [1] Against this backdrop, some 50 world leaders are charged with the difficult task of agreeing on measures that will secure vulnerable materials around the world. (Editor:军控协会)
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