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Updated: Mar 16, 2012
Nuclear Security Summit Resources
CNS has compiled a resources page previewing the major issues of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit starting March 26 in Seoul.
Posted: March 16, 2012
President Barack Obama convened the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in the wake of his 2009 Prague speech calling for renewed nuclear nonproliferation efforts. The 2010 NSS aimed to bring high-level attention to the issue of fissile material security and nuclear terrorism, and sought to buttress support for established nuclear security initiatives and improve international cooperation. Forty-seven national delegations attended the inaugural summit, with 38 being represented by heads of state. While the scope of the 2010 NSS remained narrow and focused only on civilian material security (tabling military fissile material security, radiological source security, and nuclear safety for another time), concrete progress has been made in many areas. A number of countries have since repatriated their U.S. and Soviet-origin nuclear materials, some have converted their civilian reactors to low enriched uranium use, and others have ratified key international conventions pertaining to nuclear security. States also agreed to a 2014 deadline for securing and removing all civilian fissile materials; however, this goal is unlikely to be met.
At the end of the 2010 Summit, South Korea agreed to host a follow-on Summit in March 2012 to assess progress since 2010 and identify further steps that must be taken to ensure that nuclear materials cannot fall into the wrong hands. This resource collection compiles research and analysis from CNS focusing on outcomes of the 2010 NSS and previewing the 2012 NSS and beyond.
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