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Strengthening U.S.-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation: Recommendations for Action offers the consensus findings and recommendations of a joint committee established by the U.S. National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences to identify methods of improving the ongoing cooperation between the two nations in this area. The report finds that the best way to realize the enormous potential of the U.S.-Russian relationship on nuclear nonproliferation is to reinvigorate the relationship between the two governments as a true partnership. It recommends that the U.S. and Russia establish a Joint High-Level Commission of government and non-government experts to assess their cooperation and devise a strategic plan for moving forward. It suggests that the Senior Interagency Group that was recently established by the two presidents be empowered to carry out this strategic plan. The report then examines three issue areas, making specific recommendations in each: law and taxation, program organization and management, and scientific and technical cooperation.


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National Research Council. 2005. Strengthening U.S.-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation: Recommendations for Action. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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104 pages |  8.5 x 11 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-09669-0
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-18141-9
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Front Matter i-x
Summary 1-6
Introduction: From Assistance to Partnership 7-8
Political Challenges to Cooperation on Nonproliferation 9-14
Legal Obstacles and Opportunities 15-21
Program Organization and Management 22-26
Scientific and Technical Cooperation 27-32
Conclusion: The End of the Beginning 33-34
Appendix A Glossary of Acronyms 35-37
Appendix B Committee Biographies 38-41
Appendix C Cooperative Threat Reduction Negotiations: Lessons Learned, Susan Koch 42-46
Appendix D The Experience of Cooperation in Accounting, Control, and Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials Between the Ministry of Defense of Russia and the Department of Energy of the United States, N. N. Yurasov 47-51
Appendix E Meetings and Discussions 52-53
Appendix F On Some Issues of Global Security and Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, L. D. Ryabev 54-59
Appendix G Analysis of the Legal and Regulatory Environment Governing the Disposition of Nuclear-Powered Submarines: Major Difficulties and Obstacles in Improvement of International Cooperation and Ways to Mitigate or Overcome Them, V. N. Barinov, and A. P. Zotov 60-64
Appendix H Development of a Strategic Master Plan for Disposition of Decommissioned Russian Nuclear-Powered Fleet and Rehabilitation of Hazardous Radioactive Sites and Facilities of Its Support Infrastructure, S. Antipov, L. Bolshov, and A. Sarkisov 65-80
Appendix I Overcoming Impediments to Cooperation Between the United States and Russia: Improving Communication During Project Definition, Michael S. Elleman and Wendin D. Smith 81-83
Appendix J Overcoming Impediments to Cooperation Between the United States and Russia: Elements of Successful Project Preparation, Michael S. Elleman and Wendin D. Smith 84-85
Appendix K Means and Methods of Overcoming Barriers in Cooperation: Mindset Gap as a Legacy of the Cold War; Cooperation in Exploration and Utilization of Cosmic Space, S. A. Popov 86-90
Appendix L Radiological Terrorism in the Context of Nonproliferation, R. V. Arutyunyan and V. P. Bilashenko 91-94

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