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International intensive short-term education and training course of nuclear nonproliferation for undergraduate and graduate students

Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation

Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center

2021 NEREC Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation

  • Date: August 3 – 5, 2021
  • Place: Virtual meeting (KAIST Auditorium, Daejeon, ROK)
  • Host: KAIST Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC),
  • Sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROK, The Stanton Foundation, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, National Research Foundation of Korea, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network
  • Speakers: 40 distinguished speakers from 26 institutes in 8 different countries
  • Agenda: Five sessions (Three professional sessions, and two young generation sessions)

Day 1: August 3(Tuesday)

Opening Session

09:00~10:00

Moderator

Prof. Hojin Ryu (Associate Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, ROK)

09:00~09:05

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Kwang Hyung Lee (President of KAIST, ROK) *video

09:05~09:15

Congratulatory Remarks

Dr. Robert Floyd (Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna) *video

09:15~09:55

Keynote speech

Prof. Scott Sagan (The Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, USA)

09:55~10:00

Break (Group photo of speakers and guests, offline and online)

Session

Global Nuclear Development: An Opportunity or a Threat to Nuclear Nonproliferation?

While the expansion of global use of nuclear power continues, there are debates on whether such expansion poses threats to nuclear nonproliferation. This session discusses the question by examining implications of gradually expanding nuclear markets on global nuclear proliferation. The session also reviews the current status of nuclear export by advanced nuclear power countries including Russia and the recent activities of IAEA to strengthen proliferation resistance of nuclear developments.

10:00~12:35

Chair

Prof. Steven Miller (Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security, Belfer Center, Harvard University, USA)

10:20~11:05

(60)

Panel (1)

Presenter

Mr. Anton V. Khlopkov (Director, Center for Energy and Security Studies, Russia)

Panelists

  • Prof. Rupal Mehta (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
  • Dr. Stephen Herzog (Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

11:05~11:50

(45)

Panel (2)

Presenter

Dr. Brian Boyer (Section Head, International Projects on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), International Atomic Energy Agency)

Panelists

  • Prof. Vipin Narang (Professor of Political Science, MIT, USA)
  • Prof. Man-Sung Yim (Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering; Director, NEREC, KAIST, ROK)

11:50~11:55

Break

 

11:55~12:35

(40)

Discussions

Session

Nuclear Nonproliferation Challenges 2021: What we see and What we can do

* Young Generation Session

This session is to review the current status of global nuclear nonproliferation and to make prognosis of the future. The questions examined in the session include: What are the key nuclear nonproliferation issues or challenges around the globe? What should be done today to cope with the challenges? For example, as the US-China relationship develops into what is commonly described as a new "Cold War", what are the implications of such relationship in global nuclear security and nonproliferation?

21:00~22:35

Chair

Prof. Soyoung Kim (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, KAIST, ROK)

21:05~21:20

Keynote Speech

Ms. Laura Rockwood (Director, Open Nuclear Network, Vienna)

21:20~22:05

(45)

Presenters

  • Ms. Saima Aman Khan Sial (Senior Researcher, Center for International Strategic Studies, Pakistan)
  • Mr. Sahil Shah (Policy Fellow, European Leadership Networks, UK)
  • Dr. Jaewon Lee (Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of International Affairs, Seoul National University, ROK)

22:05~22:35

(30)

Discussant

Dr. Francesca Giovannini (Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center, Harvard University, USA)

Day2: August 4(Wednesday)

09:00~10:00

Special Session

Chair: Kim, Joon Hyung (Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROK)

09:05~09:40

Keynote Speech

Prof. Chung-in Moon (Chairman, Sejong Institute; Former Special Advisor to the ROK President for Unification and National Security Affairs, ROK)

09:40~10:00

Discussion

 

Session

Can North Korea Have Nuclear Energy?

The idea of “nuclear (energy) for nuclear (weapons)” has been discussed as a way of addressing DPRK denuclearization challenge. This session examines the feasibility of the so-called “Techno-Diplomatic” approach based on the perspectives of different stakeholder nations. Questions addressed include: What are the lessons to learn from the past experiences including the KEDO project? What are the concerns and prospects on North Korea’s potential nuclear energy development?  

10:10~12:30

Chair

Dr. Sang Hyun Lee (President, Sejong Institute, ROK, President of Korean Nuclear Policy Society, ROK)

10:15~11:00

(45)

Panel (1)

Presenter

Prof. Christopher Lawrence (Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University, USA)

Panelists

  • Dr. Toby Dalton (Senior Fellow; Co-Director, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA)
  • Prof. Dingli Shen (Professor and Associate Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, China)

11:00~11:45

(45)

Panel (2)

Presenter

Prof. Bong Geun Jun (Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, ROK)

Panelists

  • Ms. Sharon Squassoni (Research Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, USA)
  • Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Belfer Center, Harvard University, USA)

11:45~11:50

Break

 

11:50~12:30

(40)

Discussions

 

Session – Examining the Paths forward for DPRK Denuclearization

While the post-Hanoi deadlock still lingers, arrival of the Biden administration in the U.S. opens a new era on the dialogue on DPRK denuclearization. This session is to examine the feasibility of opening up opportunities and making necessary progresses in DPRK denuclearization. What are the challenges in restarting the US-DPRK dialogue? What are the implications of continued buildup of DPRK nuclear capability? What are the scenarios of making progress with DPRK? How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect the situation? What are the roles of South Korea, the United States, China, and other key neighbors in these efforts? How can the countries cooperate to balance nonproliferation and national interests?

21:00~22:35

Chair

Prof. Sungyeol Choi (Associate Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, ROK)

21:05~21:20

Keynote Speech

Prof. Sung-han Kim (Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University, ROK)

21:20~22:05

(45)

Presenters

  • Ms. Veronika Bedenko (Analyst, Open Nuclear Network, Vienna)
  • Ms. Sue Jeong (Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network, Seoul)
  • Mr. Fan He (Fudan University, China)

22:05~22:35

(30)

Discussant

Mr. Anton V. Khlopkov (Director, Center for Energy and Security Studies, Russia)

Day 3: August 5(Thursday)

Session

Technology Innovations of SMRs and Nuclear Security/Nonproliferation Implications

The innovative features of SMRs present major opportunities for nuclear power’s global expansion. This session examines the status and implications of SMRs for sustainable development. What are the specific innovative features and security and nonproliferation challenges associated with SMRs? What features of SMR should be further developed to minimize nuclear security and proliferation risk? What are the possibilities and prospects of utilizing disruptive technologies to address such risks? How can technology and policy work together for sustainable development of SMRs?

10:00~12:35

Chair

Prof. Man-Sung Yim (Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering; Director, NEREC, KAIST, ROK)

10:20~11:05

(45)

Panel (1)

 

Presenter

Mr. Hadid Subki (Team Leader, SMR Technical Development, Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Panelists

  • Prof. Yonghee Kim (Director, ATOM Project, Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, ROK)
  • Mr. Jonas Elliott Siegel (Nonproliferation Policy Specialist, Division of Strategic Security Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory, USA)

11:05~11:50

(45)

Panel (2)

 

Presenter

Dr. Na Young Lee (Director General, Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control, ROK)

Panelists

  • Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress (Adjunct Professor, Scientist-in-Residence, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA)
  • Dr. Adam Williams (Analyst, Sandia National Laboratory, USA)

11:50~11:55

Break

 

11:55~12:35

(40)

Discussions

 

Closing Session

12:35~12:45

Closing Remarks

Prof. Man-Sung Yim (Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering; Director, NEREC, KAIST, ROK)


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