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Former nuclear security negotiator Goodby outlines "loose nuke" issues

Controlling nuclear weapons requires more varied efforts now than during the Cold War, former Ambassador James Goodby said at an April 10 lecture on "loose nukes." Goodby is the Payne Distinguished Professor at the Institute for International Studies this year and was U.S. negotiator for nuclear security and dismantlement in 1995 and 1996. He said that the government must now work to:

c Prevent loss of control by Russian authorities over fissile materials and nuclear weapons.

c Find ways to securely dispose of tons of plutonium and highly enriched uranium that is being released from military use as a result of nuclear weapon reductions.

c Prevent nuclear, biological and chemical weapons from getting into the hands of "terrorists, cults or criminal groups."

For a text of his lecture on the World Wide Web, see


By Kathleen O'Toole