Nuclear Energy Experts Group (NEEG) Meeting
Monday, January 22, 2018
9:00 Session 1: Building nuclear governance
This session will discuss the status of nuclear governance. What is nuclear governance? What are its key components? Is nuclear governance more than managing nuclear safety, security, and safeguards? What are the key institutions? How has nuclear governance evolved since the 2010-16 Nuclear Security Summit process? What is being done at the international level to improve nuclear governance?
11:00 Session 2: Strengthening nuclear governance in the Asia Pacific
This session will look at ways to strengthen nuclear governance in the Asia-Pacific. What makes the region unique in terms of nuclear governance? What regional or sub-regional mechanisms have been developed to address nuclear governance? How do governance mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific compare with other regions? What are the key features and rationale behind Europe’s EURATOM and Latin America’s ABACC? What are the lessons for the Asia Pacific?
13:45 Session 3: Nuclear safety, security & safeguards culture in the Asia Pacific
This session will focus on nuclear safety, security, and safeguards culture. What is the relationship between culture and governance? What are the similarities and differences between nuclear safety culture, nuclear security culture, and nuclear safeguards culture? How can nuclear safety, security, and safeguards culture be assessed and improved? To what extent do local practices align with international security, safety, and safeguard standards and practices in other regions? What can be done to promote synergy between them? What is the role of the nuclear security Centers of Excellence (COEs) located in the region?
15:30 Session 4: The Future of Nuclear Power Development in Asia
This session will explore the future of nuclear power development in Asia with a focus on Small Modular Reactors (SMR). What kind of regional and bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements exist in the Asia-Pacific region? What safety and security requirements do nuclear exporter states include in their cooperation agreements? What is the potential for SMR deployment in the region? What challenges do SMR pose for nuclear governance? Are these challenges new, and how can they be addressed?
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
9:00 Session 5: Commercial opportunities and security risks in technology and materials trade networks
This session will explore the networks that enable trade in nuclear technology, and radioactive materials in the Asia Pacific. What are the implications of how these networks operate for improving the efficiency and efficacy of strategic trade controls? Which countries are currently the most involved in trading in nuclear technologies and radioactive materials in the region? Can STC policies influence the amount of trade that states conduct in nuclear technologies and radiological materials? For countries active in trading in these areas, what are the additional security and diversion risks? What specific STC policies can help governments manage those risks?
10:00 Session 6: Growing and promoting secure nuclear knowledge networks
This session will explore the role that academic research and international collaboration networks play in building nuclear-related tacit knowledge. How can these networks be harnessed to develop secure indigenous nuclear-related industries in the Asia Pacific? Can we characterize the types of activities involved in academic research and international collaboration? Are there certain types of activities that may be of concern or interest when we seek to improve the quality and security of nuclear knowledge networks? What can some of the historical cases tell us?
10:45 Assessing nuclear networks, commercial opportunities, and nuclear security culture
This session will explore interactively how a better understanding of the networks that undergird trade and knowledge transfer in nuclear-related industries and institutions might help to build commercial opportunities, and a more effective culture of nuclear security in the Asia Pacific.
12:00 Wrap-Up and Next Steps
This session will summarize the meeting’s key findings and reflect on next steps to enhance nuclear governance in the Asia Pacific.