CNS Deputy Director highlights nuclear weapons risks
CNS Deputy Director Elena K. Sokova explores the vulnerability of nuclear weapons and materials to non-state actors and provides an overview of efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring these items in her chapter in a new study by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) titled "Understanding Nuclear Weapon Risks."
The chapter examines both the possibility that non-state actors could remove an existing weapon from the arsenal of a nuclear weapon state, and that these actors could indigenously
develop a bomb using nuclear materials such as highly enriched uranium or plutonium. Sokova further assesses the successes and failures of past efforts to reduce the likelihood of these scenarios.