Stulberg and Hastings Direct Workshops on Nuclear Trading Networks

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From October 11-14, Adam N. Stulberg, associate chair/research and Neal Family Chair Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Justin Hastings, associate professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, visited Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, where they directed two workshops on Nuclear Trading Networks.

On October 11, Stulberg and Hastings directed a workshop that was hosted by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) in Amman, Jordan. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss Jordan’s nuclear program in the next ten years and to obtain feedback from members of broader Jordanian nuclear community on a white paper that focuses on nuclear technology and trading networks operating across the broader Middle East. The presentations and structured discussion were based on research conducted (supported by the MacArthur Foundation) that applies network analysis to the trade and diffusion of nuclear materials, technology, and tacit knowledge among (and surrounding) nuclear energy aspirant states in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Senior directors, representatives, and scholars from JAEC; Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority; Middle East Scientific Institute for Security; Jordan University of Science and Technology; Princess Sumaya University for Technology; Jordan INMM Chapter; and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy, American University of Beirut were in attendance.

Stulberg and Hastings led a second workshop on October 14th at the 2018 Forum on Nuclear Export Control Practices, which focused on Nuclear Trading and Proliferation Networks. The forum brings together national and international experts to share knowledge and expertise on nuclear export controls, and was hosted by the Federal Administration of Nuclear Regulation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Stulberg and Hastings again presented research related to nuclear technology and trading networks operating within and across the broader Middle East.


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