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August 8,  2016
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member Position
Center for Global Security Research, Livermore, CA

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.  We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to carry out policy research on US extended deterrence and European or Asian security. This position is in the Center for Global Security Research. 

Note:  This is a one year Postdoctoral appointment.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

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Development Director Position
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Chicago
Deadline: August 15, 2016

Under the leadership of a new Executive Director, the Bulletin intends to continue deepening the culture of philanthropy among long-standing donors, and seeks to attract a new generation of supporters.  With the announced retirement of its Development Director, the Bulletin is seeking a seasoned development officer with experience in development strategy and planning.

In this small, ambitious, and high-functioning organization, the Development Director will oversee the implementation of a new development plan, engage a core set of loyal donors, and expand the existing donor base to include new individual, corporate, and foundation supporters. S/he will also manage special events, including small dinners and programs. The Development Director will be an outward-facing member of the team and will actively and regularly interface with stakeholders. S/he will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization. S/he reports directly to the Bulletin's  Executive Director.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Lisa McCabe at by August 15, 2016.
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The UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Stimson Center
Deadline: August 5th, 2016

This year, the UN Security Council is reviewing the implementation of resolution 1540 over the past five years - and as part of that effort is reaching out to undergraduate and advanced degree students worldwide to bring the brightest minds to bear on the challenge of countering the global threat posed by WMDs. 

The first- and second-place winners will get a two-night stay in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, to present his/her ideas at a September 30, 2016 awards ceremony hosted at Harvard University to representatives of the U.N. Security Council and will receive awards of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively, from the Washington Foreign Law Society. These top two selected essay winners will also be invited to the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference in Brussels on November 3-4, 2016, and will be invited to present their views at the "Next Generation" workshop on November 2, 2016, courtesy of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

Contest Deadline: Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m Eastern Time on August 5, 2016.  Winners will be announced in early September. 

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Doreen and Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Nonproliferation Review
Deadline: September 9th, 2016

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and its journal, the Nonproliferation Review, want to spur new thinking, specific recommendations, and policy initiatives in the nonproliferation and disarmament field. We'll publish the most outstanding new ideas and proposals and award a grand prize of $10,000, as well as a $2,000 runner's up prize.
This year's contest is open to those enrolled in a master's or doctoral program, or who have received their graduate or PhD degree no more than five years prior to the contest deadline.

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Call for Proposals for FY17-18 Funding
Deadline: September 9, 2016 

The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) is now accepting project submissions in response to its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

PASCC will select a number of proposals for research and dialogues for FY16-17 funding. We are particularly interested in proposals for research on the following topics:

  *   Proliferation of WMD/WME (defined to include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as other high-casualty or high-disruption weapons that might have "strategic" effects)
  *   Future technologies of mass effect
  *   WMD/WME employment methodologies and delivery systems
  *   Management, prevention, and response mechanisms/regimes
  *   Multi-domain threats to strategic stability

Please note that PASCC does not fund training or studies aimed at the development of new technologies. Issues related to conventional forms of terrorism and topics whose primary focus is on cyber security are also outside of its purview.

Detailed instructions for submitting white papers are included in the two BAAs available at 
If you have questions about the BAA or the application process, 
please email:
American Nuclear Diplomacy: 
Forging a New Consensus to Fight Climate Change and Weapons Proliferation
Daniel Poneman, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
August 4, 2016 

Today, we face two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Each stems from human origins. Both must be fought aggressively. 

In this report, American Nuclear Diplomacy: Forging a New Consensus to Fight Climate Change and Weapons Proliferation, Poneman outlines a diplomatic strategy and tough-minded, bipartisan policies to get us there. 

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Plutonium, Tritium, and Highly Enriched Uranium Production at the Yongbyon Nuclear Site North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal May Be Growing Significantly
David Albright and Serena Kelleher-Vergantini, Institute for Science and International Security
June 14, 2016 

According to Reuters, a US government source stated that North Korea has separated plutonium at the Radiochemical Laboratory at the Yongbyon nuclear site. The Institute has independently confirmed activities inside the main building at the Radiochemical Laboratory. 

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No, China Isn't Punishing North Korea
Jeffrey Lewis, Arms Control Wonk
July 26, 2016 

A few weeks ago, some colleagues new to satellite imagery analysis claimed that China had drastically reduced trade with North Korea to punish Pyongyang for its most recent nuclear test. They made this judgment on the basis of a small number of satellite images of the customs area in Dandong, China and one image of the customs area across the river in Sinuiju, North Korea.

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North Korea May be in Process of Ramping Up Nuclear Weapons: Report
Deutsche Welle
June 15, 2016 

An American research institute has said North Korea could be building up its nuclear arsenal. The report said it might not even be taking into account all of the country's nuclear activity.

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Fail-Safe Nuclear Power
Richard Martin, MIT Technology Review
August 2, 2016 

Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality-but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago.
Not Just Yet For No First Use
  Michael Krepon, Arms Control Wonk
July 31, 2016 

The United States is not going to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. Allies who believe otherwise are attached to a fiction and a psychological crutch. But these allies have been badly spooked, first by Vladimir Putin and now by Donald Trump. Despite Putin's annexation of Crimea and Russian salami-slicing elsewhere around its periphery, I still thought it might be possible as well as wise for President Obama to declare that the sole purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons is to deter their use by others. Now Trump has made matters worse by suggesting means-testing for whether the United States would come to the aid of NATO allies.

Declaring a No-First-Use Nuclear Policy Would be Exceedingly Risky
Gordon G. Chang, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
July 27, 2016 

Various defense and disarmament experts have suggested that in the coming months, US President Barack Obama will declare a no-first-use stance on nuclear weapons, which would mark a fundamental policy shift. 

The Peace Boat Golden Rule Sails Into a New Era of Nuclear Activism
Dawn Stover, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
July 25, 2016 

Dwarfed by the ships from the US Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the US Coast Guard that visited Portland, Oregon, for Fleet Week last month, the 30-foot-long Golden Rule looked like it was from another era. And it was.         

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