" Business and Nonproliferation is a must-read for those seeking timely and urgent analysis on how the commercial nuclear industry can help maintain the highest standards of security. Industry's responsibility in nonproliferation and security grows more and more as civilian nuclear power becomes more and more globalized."—Charles D. Ferguson, President of the Federation of American Scientists and author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know
"If nuclear power's expansion increases the risk of the spread of weapons-capable materials and technologies, it will not be an acceptable energy source. In this book six authors, realistic and knowledgeable observers of nuclear power, explore what industry can and is willing to do to reduce the risks of proliferation, especially with regard to sensitive front-end enrichment and back-end reprocessing technologies and facilities. Past analyses have focused on multilateral governmental efforts. These authors wisely suggest that industry can play an important role, but industry must take notice and be prepared to engage these issues. Readers who have an interest in nuclear power and avoiding proliferation will want to read this book to learn about this new approach."—John Deutch, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
"Nuclear energy is essential for providing reliable carbon-free electricity to the world's growing population. Governments, industry and non-government organizations have a shared responsibility to ensure that nuclear energy expansion is accomplished safely and securely, and supports worldwide nonproliferation efforts. Business and Nonproliferation recognizes this, provides a valuable perspective on the existing nonproliferation regime, and offers reasoned and constructive suggestions for enhancing the nonproliferation framework."—Marvin S. Fertel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute
About the Author
John P. Banks is a nonresident fellow with the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He has worked as a management consultant for more than twenty years, advising governments, companies, and regulators throughout the world on energy policy, security, and governance issues.
Charles K. Ebinger is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings and director of the Energy Security Initiative. He has thirty-five years of experience dealing with nuclear energy issues and is the author of Energy Security in South Asia (Brookings, 2011).