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Oct. 25, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

What’s next on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity, in Wash­ing­ton and around the globe.

— Oct. 27-31: People hail­ing from more than 100 coun­tries are ex­pec­ted to des­cend on Abu Dh­abi for the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency’s con­fer­ence on the safety and se­cur­ity of ra­dio­act­ive sources. Sunday’s open­ing ses­sion will in­clude a talk by IAEA Deputy Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al Denis Flory, who heads the agency’s De­part­ment of Nuc­le­ar Safety and Se­cur­ity. “Ra­dio­act­ive sources are ex­tens­ively used for be­ne­fi­cial pur­poses around the world in med­ic­al, in­dus­tri­al, ag­ri­cul­tur­al, re­search and edu­ca­tion­al ap­plic­a­tions,” or­gan­izers say. “To avoid ac­ci­dents or ma­li­cious acts us­ing such sources, safety and se­cur­ity meas­ures must be ob­served throughout their li­fe­cycle — from the mo­ment they are man­u­fac­tured to their safe dis­pos­al.” Con­fer­ence par­ti­cipants will dis­cuss the cur­rent ver­sion of the Code of Con­duct on the Safety and Se­cur­ity of Ra­dio­act­ive Sources, which the IAEA Board of Gov­ernors and Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence ap­proved in 2003.

— Oct. 28: John Limbert, former U.S. deputy as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of State for Ir­an, will talk at George Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity about — you guessed it — Ir­an. The dis­cus­sion on “New Lead­er­ship in Tehran: Time for Rap­proche­ment?” will ex­am­ine the po­ten­tial for a ma­jor change in U.S.-Ir­a­ni­an re­la­tions, and the ways to make it hap­pen. The con­fer­ence, at the uni­versity’s El­li­ott School of In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs, is in­ten­ded to build on mo­mentum cre­ated by the elec­tion of mod­er­ate Has­san Rouh­ani as Ir­a­ni­an pres­id­ent and sub­sequent thaw­ing of re­la­tions between the na­tion and West­ern powers. The event is sponsored by the Amer­ic­an Ir­a­ni­an Coun­cil and George Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs So­ci­ety. Ad­di­tion­al speak­ers in­clude Shir­een Hunter, dir­ect­or of the Carne­gie En­dow­ment Pro­ject on re­form­ist Is­lam; Hooshan Amirah­madi, pres­id­ent of the Amer­ic­an Ir­a­ni­an Coun­cil; and Patrick Clawson, dir­ect­or of re­search at the Wash­ing­ton In­sti­tute on Near East Policy. 

— Oct. 28: Ir­an, West Coast-style. Across the United States, former Los Alam­os Na­tion­al Labor­at­ory head Siegfried Heck­er will speak at a Stan­ford Uni­versity Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tion­al Se­cur­ity and Co­oper­a­tion sem­in­ar that prom­ises a “com­par­at­ive look at Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram.” Heck­er, now a Stan­ford pro­fess­or, has made Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar as­pir­a­tions a fo­cus of his re­search. Heck­er is an ex­pert in sun­dry re­lated areas as well, and re­cently penned a column for the Bul­let­in of the Atom­ic Sci­ent­ists on North Korea’s re­act­iv­a­tion of an old plutoni­um-pro­duc­tion re­act­or.

— Oct. 28: U.N. High Rep­res­ent­at­ive for Dis­arm­a­ment Af­fairs An­gela Kane will de­liv­er the key­note ad­dress at a lunch­eon on “Nuc­le­ar Weapons: Threats and Solu­tions” at the United Na­tions’ headquar­ters in New York. Thomas Gra­ham, co-chair of the Amer­ic­an Bar As­so­ci­ation’s In­ter­na­tion­al Law Sec­tion’s Task Force on Nuc­le­ar Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion, will serve as a re­spond­ent to Kane’s re­marks. The two top ex­perts on elim­in­at­ing weapons-of-mass-de­struc­tion are poised to high­light WMD-re­lated de­lib­er­a­tions in the U.N. sys­tem — in­clud­ing the Gen­er­al As­sembly, Se­cur­ity Coun­cil and treaty-based re­gimes such as the nuc­le­ar Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty and the Chem­ic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion. Kane has been a ma­jor play­er in the U.N. in­vest­ig­a­tions in­to chem­ic­al-weapons use in Syr­ia. Gra­ham has been in­volved in ne­go­ti­at­ing most ma­jor arms-con­trol treat­ies to which the United States is a party.

— Oct. 28-29: Tech­nic­al ex­perts from Ir­an and six coun­tries are ex­pec­ted to meet in Europe to dis­cuss a po­ten­tial plan for de­fus­ing in­ter­na­tion­al ten­sions over Tehran’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram. The ex­pert-level talks, ex­pec­ted in either Vi­enna or Geneva, will come be­fore the next ma­jor meet­ing Ir­an is plan­ning to at­tend with seni­or dip­lo­mats from the five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many. Be­fore these tech­nic­al talks, Ir­a­ni­an dip­lo­mats are ex­pec­ted to meet with In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency, which wants to in­vest­ig­ate signs the Middle East­ern na­tion once may have en­gaged in sci­entif­ic activ­it­ies rel­ev­ant to atom­ic-arms de­vel­op­ment.

— Oct. 29: Lead­ing nuc­le­ar-weapons honchos will testi­fy be­fore the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee dur­ing a hear­ing that pre­vi­ously was sched­uled for Oct. 10. Don­ald Cook, deputy ad­min­is­trat­or for de­fense pro­grams at the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Madelyn Creedon, the as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of De­fense for glob­al stra­tegic af­fairs, Paul Hom­mert, the dir­ect­or of San­dia Na­tion­al Labor­at­or­ies, and Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, com­mand­er of U.S. Stra­tegic Com­mand, are slated to testi­fy. The hear­ing comes as law­makers are look­ing to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­con­sider plans to up­grade cer­tain nuc­le­ar war­heads due to cost con­cerns.

— Oct. 29-31: The Nuc­le­ar Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion will hold meet­ings with the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to dis­cuss pre­lim­in­ary draft changes to the “Cri­ter­ia for Pre­par­a­tion and Eval­u­ation of Ra­di­olo­gic­al Emer­gency Re­sponse Plans and Pre­pared­ness in Sup­port of Nuc­le­ar Power Plants.” The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice in March charged the nuc­le­ar com­mis­sion “needs to bet­ter un­der­stand likely pub­lic re­sponse to ra­di­olo­gic­al In­cid­ents” at nuc­le­ar-power plants.

— Oct. 30: George Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity’s El­li­ott School of In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs is plan­ning an­oth­er event, this time on U.S. nuc­le­ar en­ergy-policy and in­ter­agency ef­forts. Joyce Con­nery, the dir­ect­or of nuc­le­ar en­ergy policy at the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Coun­cil’s Of­fice of In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ics, will talk at the event sponsored by the Nuc­le­ar Policy Talks and In­sti­tute for Nuc­le­ar Ma­ter­i­als Man­age­ment. Or­gan­izers say: “The U.S. nuc­le­ar in­dustry faces chal­lenges do­mest­ic­ally, with low nat­ur­al gas prices, a post-Fukushi­ma reg­u­lat­ory en­vir­on­ment and tight cap­it­al. In­ter­na­tion­ally, the U.S. is no longer the only sup­pli­er of nuc­le­ar tech­no­logy and faces com­pet­i­tion from state-backed sup­pli­ers.” Con­nery is ex­pec­ted to dis­cuss “the role of the U.S. gov­ern­ment in sup­port­ing the U.S. nuc­le­ar in­dustry and how main­tain­ing a strong nuc­le­ar in­dustry en­hances U.S. na­tion­al in­terests to in­clude non­pro­lif­er­a­tion, se­cur­ity, safety, com­merce and prosper­ity,” they say.

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