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In light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Michael A. Levi asks, "What would backpedaling on nuclear power mean for the United States?"
Sebastian Mallaby says Japan's tragedy underlines the advantages of central banking.
In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett discusses the health concerns the country faces.
Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett criticizes NRC chair for sowing panic when he said Japan is understating health risks.
Laurie Garrett says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has "launched a tsunami of panic that has spread further worldwide than the real tsunami that devastated much of Japan on March 11."
Japan bears only some resemblance to the Asian countries ravaged by the 2004 tsunami, but their recovery experiences could provide valuable insights to leaders in Tokyo, writes CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick.
David S. Abraham discusses his decision to leave Japan, based in part on the lack of reliable information available since the earthquake.
Christian Parenti of The Nation believes that the message out of Fukushima is clear: our own fleet of leaky old nuclear plants should be decommissioned now.
With the nuclear incident at the Fukushima power plant unabated, Japanese officials have come under fire for failing to control the crisis as concern about radiation grows.
A week after Japan's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese officials struggle to contain a widening crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. CFR's Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Michael A. Levi, discusses the global responses to Japan's nuclear crisis, and what it means for the future of nuclear energy.
David S. Abraham argues that in the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, "Tokyo's poor information sharing may impede relief efforts and erode public trust."
Despite turbulence in financial markets, Japan's multiple disasters will likely not have a major global economic impact, and reconstruction will provide a boost to the Japanese economy in the long term, says CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.
While many questions remain about the problems at Fukushima nuclear plant, comparisons with the 1986 Chernobyl incident suggest Japan's government is taking the right steps to mitigate radiation damage, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
Tom Zeller Jr. explains the system of a Mark 1 nuclear reactor, like the one currently failing at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. He reveals that experts had long cautioned about the weak design of these reactors and predicted a possible nuclear disaster.
An extraordinary series of events has caused Japan’s nuclear crisis but it appears backup safety systems were flawed, says nuclear expert Charles Ferguson. He expects the disaster to slow some nuclear projects elsewhere but not cause a wholesale stoppage.
The devastation wreaked by Japan's worst-ever earthquake and the accompanying tsunami continues to widen. Japan expert Sheila Smith and nuclear expert Michael Levi discuss the energy, political and economic implications of this crisis on Japan and energy markets.
Please join Sheila Smith and Michael Levi for a discussion on Japan's earthquake and its political, economic and energy implications.
An unfolding nuclear crisis in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami is raising questions over safety of nuclear power, and could bring expansion of nuclear power projects globally under pressure.
Clive Cookson breaks down the situation at Japan's Fukushima plant and the implications for the future of the nuclear industry.