PATHWAYS TO COOPERATION: A MENU OF POTENTIAL U.S.-RUSSIAN PROJECTS IN THE NUCLEAR SPHEREFebruary 15, 2017. Moscow, Russia. The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS, Russian Federation) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI, United States) have released a report ‘Pathways to Cooperation: A Menu of Potential U.S.-Russian Cooperative Projects in the Nuclear Sphere'. Unveiled on February 15, 2017, the report is the product of 18 month of joint research by the two think-tanks.
The report offers 51 potential projects designed to utilize Russia's and America's unique technical capabilities and expertise to advance their mutual interests in the nuclear sphere.
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Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Russia's Interests
Of all the nuclear energy newcomers, i.e. countries that have only just started to develop nuclear energy, Middle Eastern states are making the most dynamic progress. The report, prepared by CENESS, focuses on analysis of history, distinctive features, and potential for nuclear energy development in individual Middle Eastern countries that are the most likely regional candidates to build NPPs in the foreseeable future; provides an estimate of impact made by events of regional and inner political instability and by the Fukushima nuclear accident, as well as points out Russia's potential role in the implementation of region's nuclear energy development plans.More info