Nuclear Security Summit 2016

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama's final atomic summit


    Just as fears of nuclear terrorism are rising, U.S. President Barack Obama's drive to lock down vulnerable atomic materials worldwide seems to have lost momentum and could slow further.

    With less than 10 months left in office to follow through on one of his signature foreign policy initiatives, Obama will convene leaders from more than 50 countries in Washington this week for his fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, a high-level diplomatic process that started and will end on his watch.

    A boycott by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently unwilling to join in a U.S.-dominated gathering at a time of increased tensions between Washington and Moscow, adds to doubts that the meeting will yield major results.

    The recent deadly militant attacks in Brussels have fueled concern that Islamic State could eventually target nuclear plants and develop radioactive “dirty bombs,” a topic that may well be uppermost in leaders’ minds as they meet.

    Despite significant progress by Obama in persuading dozens of countries to rid themselves of bomb-making materials or reduce and safeguard stockpiles, much of the world's plutonium and enriched uranium remains vulnerable to theft.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-summit-idUSKCN0WW1R2

    Secret service has its hands full, many world leaders are attending the summit.

    http://static1.squarespace.com/stat...97f8681/1459346196624/Heads+of+Delegation.pdf
     
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    I wonder why Russia refused to join of come to the conference. Is it just long-time hatred of the U.S, or because its more primarily going to be run by the U.S of NATO countries.
     
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    This looks like a legit explanation:

    What is Moscow's problem?

    Moscow’s problem today is exactly the same problem of the Soviet Union back in 1946. Nuclear weapons have a limited service life. They need to be updated every 10-15 years, and fissionable materials in nuclear warheads should be regenerated even more frequently, which requires a complete nuclear fuel cycle and a sufficient quantity of fissionable materials. The absence of both components at some point will render a full nuclear potential update impossible. Naturally, the Russian authorities have no desire to undermine their ability to perform such updates.

    Russia is interested in nuclear disarmament talks in the IAEA format. IAEA benefits nuclear powers because it does not control them, but monitors non-nuclear powers. The emergence of another "nuclear organization" like the World Nuclear Association or the Nuclear Security Summit will result in stronger interference in the nuclear policies of legitimate nuclear powers. It would be much easier to prevent it from being formed as opposed to having to strike down its initiatives later.

    In 1946, Stalin was particularly concerned with the clause that granted the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission the right to punish violators without the approval of the U.N. Security Council. Americans could very well imply that the Soviet Union was one of the "violators."


    http://www.russia-direct.org/opinion/why-russia-skipping-nuclear-security-summit
     
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