New LEU Bank Launching in Kazakhstan, Back-to-School resources, and more

By Newsroom America Feeds at 24 Aug 2017

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August 24, 2017 IAEA Low-Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank Launching in Kazakhstan Next Week, an Unprecedented International Effort That Will Reduce Nuclear Dangers

On August 29th, the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the Government of Kazakhstan and NTI, will launch the low-enriched uranium (LEU) bank in Kazakhstan – a facility that will house LEU as a back-up to the commercial market. The LEU Bank creates an important option for countries that want the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy - without the significant costs of building their own enrichment facilities and without the risks of proliferation. The LEU Bank was jump-started by NTI, which provided initial funding for the bank, thanks to a generous $50 million investment from American businessman and NTI advisor Warren Buffett. Read our fact sheet about the Bank and the story of international cooperation that led to it, and find additional press materials and graphics about the launch event here: READ MORE NEW: Back-to-School Resources for Professors and Students NTI’s favorite teaching tools, interactive tutorials, country and threat profiles, videos and more are now available on a new one-stop page of back-to-school resources for professors and students. Looking for a simulation exercise to use in class? Need video primers on a specific country or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) issue for your research project? Be sure to visit this new page to find the most comprehensive resources in the field. “My students use NTI’s country profiles regularly to help them with their thesis research,” Dr. Michael Mosser, a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin said. READ MORE Sam Nunn and William J. Perry on Defusing Tensions with North Korea Following the recent increase in tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn recently spoke with Georgia Public Radio about options for de-escalating conflict between the two countries. William J. Perry, an NTI board member emeritus, has also published a new op-ed in US News & World Report urging leaders to use diplomacy to defuse tensions with North Korea. Click here for more North Korea analysis, created for NTI by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). READ MORE NTI and Partners Win Award for Illuminating Future Challenges NTI and its partners, Creative Santa Fe and the NSquare Collaborative, have won the 2017 Most Significant Futures Work Award from the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), which recognizes those who illuminate challenges of the future. APF recognized the Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit for convening more than 40 leaders from a diverse range of industries—science, technology, military, business, and entertainment—to tackle nuclear weapons challenges in new ways. “I admire the new and fresh ways the organizers tried to approach the problem of nuclear disarmament,” said the APF judges. READ MORE

Help Build a Safer World

Every day, NTI works to protect our lives, livelihoods, environment, and quality of life from the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and disruption, now and for future generations. More NTI News

- NTI CEO Ernest Moniz recently appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss progress on U.S. nuclear arsenal modernization. - Ernest Moniz’s Energy Futures Initiative released a report this month, concluding that the decline of the U.S. nuclear-power industry puts America’s security at risk. - Margaret Williams, an NTI global policy intern, interviewed Ernest Moniz about sustaining the Iran Deal amid dangerous rhetoric and provocations. - Get to know Leon Ratz, who works on military nuclear materials, Russian nuclear security, and other nuclear security and non-proliferation matters as a program officer at NTI. - NTI’s senior director for global biological policy and programs, Beth Cameron, was recently quoted in a Voice of America piece on the potentially severe impacts of budget cuts on health security programs. - Ambassador Riaz Mohammad Khan, former foreign secretary of Pakistan and NTI board member, wrote a new op-ed analyzing Pakistan-India ties and the nuclear threat underlying them. - CNN’s Mark Preston profiled George Shultz, former Secretary of State and a principal member of the Nuclear Security Project highlighting Shultz’s work on nuclear weapons and climate change policy. News from Our Global Leadership Networks

- Ramesh Thakur, Co-Convener of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN), wrote a new opinion piece about the key players in the North Korea nuclear challenge.


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