The Bush administration intended for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) to jump-start a global nuclear power revival without the attendant proliferation risks. But as the administration comes to a close, the partnership has only heightened proliferation concerns, leaving GNEP's future murky. In this three-part weekly series Leonor Tomero, the director of nonproliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, explains how GNEP's stakeholders--both domestic and foreign--will likely move forward even if GNEP does not.
Recommendations to ensure that the global expansion of nuclear energy doesn't translate into a global spread of nuclear weapons.
Although Congress has cut funding for GNEP, carefully cultivated U.S. constituencies are still supporting the program's goal of closing the nuclear fuel cycle.
With or without GNEP, signatories are continuing to seek out nuclear technologies. Whatever the agreement, the international community's priority is on reducing proliferation risks.