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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy


The oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is only the most recent symbol of a far-reaching global energy crisis. Coping with this economic, national security and environmental crisis will be one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century. There is no magic bullet: Every energy technology will be sorely needed — including nuclear energy. Russia, the United States and other countries must cooperate to enable large-scale growth of nuclear energy around the world while achieving even higher standards of safety, security and nonproliferation than are in place today. This will require building a new global framework for nuclear energy, including new or strengthened global institutions.


Bunn, Matthew, and Evgeny Velikhov. "Nuclear Energy and the Global Energy Crisis: U.S.-Russian Cooperation Can Help." The Hill. July 22, 2010.