Nuclear Safety

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

In the absence of a federal geologic repository or consolidated, interim storage in the United States, commercial spent fuel will remain stranded at some 75 sites across the country. Currently, these...

Unfit for purpose: reassessing the development and deployment of French nuclear weapons (1956–1974)

This article presents the first reassessment of the strategic rationality and credibility of French nuclear weapons policy before 1974.

European nuclear weapons? Zombie debates and nuclear realities

In February 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron invited all interested European states to a “strategic dialogue” on the supposed contribution of France’s nuclear arsenal to European collective...

Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

July 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium. View full article

Dissolution of radioactive, cesium-rich microparticles released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in simulated lung fluid, pure-water, and seawater

October 2019

Click here to view article Abstract: To understand the chemical durability of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March...

Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

What Really Went Wrong at WIPP: An Insider’s View of Two Accidents at the Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Repository

July 2019

Within a 10-day period in February 2014, two accidents happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico – the United States’ only underground repository for nuclear waste.

Anomalous behavior of nonequilibrium excitations in UO2

April 2019

Click here to view article Abstract: Ultrafast optical pump-probe studies of uranium dioxide (UO2) under pressure were performed in order to better understand the material's response to ionizing...

North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War?

February 2019

The North Korean nuclear crisis presents the contemporary world’s greatest risk, not just of major war but most importantly of nuclear war.

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Novel Method of Quantifying Radioactive Cesium-Rich Microparticles (CsMPs) in the Environment from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

June 2018

Highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) were released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) to the surrounding environment at an early stage of the nuclear disaster...

The Role of Intelligence in Countering Illicit Nuclear-Related Procurement (Book Chapter)

June 2018

Thomas Fingar contributes his expertise in international intelligence, security, and policy to the book Preventing Black Market Trade in Nuclear Technology, edited by Matthew Bunn, Martin B.

Nuclear Weapons Scholarship as a Case of Self-Censorship in Security Studies

November 2017

Security studies scholarship on nuclear weapons is particularly prone to self-censorship.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: From Pariah and Piñata to Managing Partner

June 2017

This is a chapter in the second edition of The National Security Enterprise, a book edited by Roger Z.

A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

March 2017

In this essay, Siegfried Hecker describes a 1992 visit to nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union.

Summary and Briefings from the Stanford-China Workshop on Reducing Risks of Nuclear Terrorism

January 2017

The Summary and Briefings from the Stanford-China Workshop on Reducing Risks of Nuclear Terrorism is the result of a collaborative project engaging researchers from the Center for International...

Questions for the presidential candidates on nuclear terrorism, proliferation, weapons policy, and energy

September 2016

Stanford expert Siegfried Hecker proposes a series of nuclear weapons and energy questions that journalists and citizens should consider asking the 2016 presidential candidates.

North Korean Nuclear Facilities After the Agreed Framework

July 2016

In January 2004, a delegation from Stanford University led by Prof. John W. Lewis and joined by one of the authors, Siegfried S.

Learning from a Disaster: Improving Nuclear Safety and Security After Fukushima (edited volume)

April 2016

This book—the culmination of a truly collaborative international and highly interdisciplinary effort—brings together Japanese and American political scientists, nuclear engineers, historians, and...

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

January 2016

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe.

The Fukushima Disaster and Japan's Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective

May 2013

We consider the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to a disaster like the one that occurred at Fukushima Daiichi.

A comparative institutional analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lessons and policy implications

February 2013

This paper analyzes the causes, responses, and consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident (March 2011) by comparing these with Three Mile Island (March 1979) and Chernobyl (April...

Examining the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Daiichi

June 2012

In a special edition of Elements journal that covered the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, CISAC Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Edward Blandford and Joonhong Ahn...

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