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October 31,  2016
GW-MacArthur Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship
Application deadline: November 18, 2016 

The Nuclear Security Working Group at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is seeking applications for a new, full time, paid fellowship program in the US House of Representatives, sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Fellows will spend one year working on nuclear security policy issues in the office of a member of Congress. Fellows will also organize briefings and events on nuclear security issues and work to develop relationships with the broader professional and policy community in and out of government.

Department of Energy Scholar's Program
Application deadline: December 15, 2016

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Opportunities available for undergraduates and graduate students. Must be a US citizen.

UN Votes to Start Negotiating Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
The Guardian
October 27, 2016 

United Nations member states have voted overwhelmingly to start negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from nuclear-armed nations and their allies.

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UN Resolution to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons Hailed: Analysis
J. Nastranis, Eurasia Review
October 28, 2016 

Nuclear disarmament campaigners have hailed the landmark  resolution adopted by the United Nations on October 27 for launching negotiations in 2017 on a legally binding treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. The resolution heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.

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General and Complete Disarmament: Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations
United Nations General Assembly
October 14, 2016 

Text of Resolution L.41. The historic vote on October 27 was 123 in favor, 38 against, and 16 abstaining. 

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Preventing a Nuclear 9/11
Robert Litwak and David Sanger at the Wilson Center
October 21, 2016 

One of the worst fears in the post 9-11 world is that the threat of nuclear terrorism will become reality. In this book discussion, author of the new monograph Deterring Nuclear Terrorism Robert Litwak and New York Times correspondent David Sanger discuss effective strategies on the state level to prevent a nuclear 9/11. 

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NEW BOOK: Deterring Nuclear Terrorism
Robert Litwak, Wilson Center
October 2016 

In his latest book, Robert Litwak outlines the threat of nuclear attacks by nonstate actors and possible deterrents. In his words, "Effective strategies on the state level to prevent nuclear terrorism will not eliminate non-state threats, but will go far in achieving that objective."

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The United States and Russia Are Prepping for Doomsday
Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy
October 7, 2016 

With the collapse of yet another arms reduction deal, Washington and Moscow are now sitting on a stockpile of plutonium good for tens of thousands of nuclear weapons. NOTE: Access to the article requires sign-up.

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Nuclear Modernization, Arms Control, and US-Russia Relations
Steven Pifer, Brookings
October 25, 2016 

Arms control can make a significant contribution to US national security and is more important when relations are adversarial than when they are working well. The next administration should prepare a position in case Moscow decides to reengage.

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When It Is Unfamiliar to Me: Local Acceptance of Planned Nuclear Power Plants in the Post-Fukushima Era
Yue Guo and Tao Ren, Belfer Center
October 2016 

Many contributions have been made in the studies of the factors that influence public acceptance of nuclear power. However, previous studies seldom focused on nuclear power plants in the planning stage. In  this paper, the authors utilize questionnaire survey and focus group methods to identify the factors that are correlated with local acceptance of planned nuclear power plants in China. 

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South Asian Nuclear Tensions: Back to Core Issues
October 20, 2016 

Jayita Sarkar opens the final round in this Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's debate on reducing South Asia's nuclear dangers. 
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