MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Lab for Nuclear Science

Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation

Aron Bernstein, Professor of Physics Emeritus

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: None

This course will start with nuclear developments in India and Pakistan, one of the most
likely flash points for conflict between nuclear powers. It will discuss the capabilities,
doctrines, and trajectories of both states and their impact on crisis stability in the
subcontinent. The second topic will deal with Uranium enrichment, a key step in the
production of fuel for peaceful nuclear-power reactors which also can also be used to
make nuclear weapons. As nuclear power spreads, an increasing number of countries
will have the capability and motivation to build nuclear-weapon capable infrastructure.
This talk explores this changing landscape and the implications for international
security. The final talk will present a discussion of the dangers of the current US,
Russian rapid response nuclear weapons policy, an evaluation of the Iran and North
Korean nuclear proliferation situations, the upcoming May 2015 nuclear proliferation
treaty (NPT) negotiations at the UN, and the outlook for nuclear weapons reductions.

Sponsor(s): Lab for Nuclear Science
Contact: Aron Bernstein, 26-419, 617-253-2386,

Nuclear Weapons Policies and Dangers

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Thu 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

Nuclear Weapons Policies and Dangers in India and Pakistan, by Prof. Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang - Professor of Political Science

Uranium Enrichment and Proliferation

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Mon 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

Uranian Enrichment and Proliferation, by Prof. Scott Kemp

Scott Kemp - Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation

Add to Calendar Jan/28 Wed 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

Outlook- Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation, by Prof. Aron Bernstein

Aron Bernstein - Professor of Physics Emeritus