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Policy Hazards
The Middle East’s Next Big Challenge: Nuclear Security

Nuclear power poses profound security threats to the Middle East—but not in the ways you might expect.

Published on: November 30, 2017
Nilsu Goren is a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for International & Security Studies at the University of Maryland. Bilal Y. Saab is Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute.
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  • Keith Bullen

    In the above article you state, “The 2011 earthquake and the
    Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan have shown the world that major seismic
    events can disable reactor cooling systems and cause nuclear meltdown and
    contamination.” The earthquake did no damage to the reactors at Fukushima. The reactors shutdown as designed and ran on backup power (EDGs) for about 45 minutes after quake, as designed. No NPP has ever been significantly damaged by a quake.

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