The Future of Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

CNS Staff
July 8, 2014

Capitol Building, Washington DC  Source: Wikimedia Commons

Capitol Building, Washington DC
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On July 10, 2014, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs convened a hearing on The Future of International Civilian Nuclear Cooperation. Executive Director of the CNS Washington DC office Leonard Spector  testifies, along with several other experts. Mr. Spector was one of the staff members who helped to craft the landmark Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978, an act that established the process by which the United states can engage in civilian nuclear cooperation with other countries. Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) was quoted  as saying “[c]ivilian nuclear cooperation agreements, the legal framework for US nuclear commerce with other countries, are not only vital to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, but essential to the competitiveness of the US civilian nuclear industry and our efforts to create jobs here at home. Congress has the responsibility to ensure that these objectives are met.”

Mr. Spector’s testimony focused on the current state of US civilian nuclear cooperation agreements and the process that guides their implementation, and provided proposals for how to ensure that future agreements advance US nonproliferation interests.

Webcasts of the hearing is available here

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