Press Mentions

  • February 26, 2021

    Iran keeps hopes for nuclear deal alive

    Following Iran’s announcement to suspend its implementation of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA’s Safeguards and to start uranium enrichment beyond the limits set in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONN Director Laura Rockwood shared her concerns about the unfolding situation in a commentary to Politico. “What worries me the most is the fact that Iran does not seem to have any credible peaceful and civil justification that would require it to enrich uranium to 20 percent,” said Laura Rockwood.

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    February 19, 2021

    Election violence spiked worldwide in 2020 – will this year be better?

    ONN analysts Dr. Clayton Besaw and Matthew Frank have published their most recent analysis on the election violence in 2020 and their predictions for similar events ahead in 2021. The data shows that the year 2020 saw more election-related violence than any year in the past four decades and, according to the authors, “election-related violence will persist for the foreseeable future. In democracies and nondemocracies alike, strategic attacks serve those who have power and want to keep it.”

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    February 17, 2021

    Iran’s Next Step Raises Specter of War for Top Atomic Lawyer

    ONN Director Laura Rockwood in her commentary to Bloomberg shared her concerns over the recent announcement of Iran’s intent to abandon the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards.

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    February 12, 2021

    Atomic Storytelling From the People Who Know

    Experts from the world of nuclear threats and international security shared their amusing, poignant and personal accounts from key moments in their professional lives during a virtual storytelling event, “The Countdown: Atomic Storytelling From the People Who Know.” ONN Director Laura Rockwood presented a 5-minute story titled "Baghdad is Burning”. 

    Watch the recording here.

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    February 12, 2021

    Nuclear Diplomacy: Biden's Middle East Aspirations

    Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East is a major policy challenge for President Joe Biden, who is eager to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. ONN Director Laura Rockwood participated in a panel discussion on the topic hosted by the Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center on Thursday, February 4. 

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    February 9, 2021


    ONN’s report on Nuclear Risk Reduction Approach for the Korean Peninsula was cited in a recent publication by UNIDIR about nuclear risk reduction. UNIDIR’s policy brief by Wilfred Wan explores the role de facto nuclear weapon states that remain outside of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons could play in conversations on nuclear risk reduction.

    ONN’s report was cited in relation to the author’s observations about the possibility of an unauthorized use of nuclear weapons in the DPRK, which ONN named as a potential risk factor for crisis escalation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Fuji TV Prime News Live US-DPRK Japan Katsu
    November 24, 2020

    US-DPRK relations under the next US administration

    Katsuhisa Furukawa gives his expertise on US-DPRK relations under the next US administration at a major Japanese TV talk show.

  • The Herald
    November 16, 2020

    Crime Waves: Getting Away With Murder on the High Seas

    In an article for the The Herald, Ian Urbina revisits a murder that took place in the Indian Ocean in 2012. Beyond this specific incident, the article discusses the difficulty of making maritime crime data publically available. Jon Huggins, senior adviser to One Earth Future's Stable Seas program, shares in the article that available data includes a variety of crimes: robbers siphoning fuel, hijackings, human trafficking, piracy, but, when program officials tried to convince the groups that gathered the data to make it available to the public, Huggins said, they pushed back. Risk-management companies asked why they should share data they could sell instead. Coastal states worried it might scare away business. Flag registries were reluctant to release information that might oblige them to act, which they had little motivation or ability to do.

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  • Nippon TV Japan
    November 13, 2020

    DPRK's Domestic Situation and Response to New US President

    Katsuhisa Furukawa gives his expertise on DPRK response to the US new president and the current state of the DPRK domestic situation at a popular Japanese TV talk show.

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    November 11, 2020

    Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company

    In a recent article for the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Andrew Higgins examines how by refusing to accept the results of last week’s U.S. election and working to delegitimize the vote, President Trump is following a similar strategy to that of dictators. Mr. Higgins article cites a recent article by One Earth Future that describes dictator behavior and what factors are typically considered when deciding to step down or not. “It is rare for dictators to step down, but when they do it is because, like Pinochet, they have a feasible alternative, such as rejoining the military, that allows them to avoid accountability for human rights abuses.” 

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