WWS Calendar

Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
WWS Program on Science and Global Security's Zia Mian * Frank von Hippel * Harold Feiveson - co-authors, "Unmaking the Bomb"
Sponsor: 

Co-sponsored b the Woodrow Wilson School and the School's Program on Science and Global Security

A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

"Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation,” will be the topic of discussion at a 4:30 p.m. event on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

The book, written by physicists and experts on nuclear security at the Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security – Harold Feiveson, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian and Frank von Hippel – proposes a new approach to achieving nuclear disarmament, stopping nuclear proliferation and preventing nuclear terrorism.

The authors argue that all three of these goals can be understood and realized together if the focus is placed on the production, stockpiling and disposal of plutonium and highly enriched uranium – the fissile materials that are the key ingredients used to make nuclear weapons.

Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the body responsible for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, said, “This book by some of the world’s leading experts… should be required reading for all of us yearning for a world free from nuclear weapons."

Harold A. Feiveson is a senior research policy scientist in the Program on Global Security at the Wilson School.

Alexander Glaser is an assistant professor at the Wilson School and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton.

Zia Mian is a research scientist and director of the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at the Wilson School.

Frank N. von Hippel is a senior research physicist and professor of public and international affairs, emeritus, at the Wilson School. Von Hippel is a former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology.