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Tue, 2017-02-14
An explosion occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France on February 9, 2017. According to authorities, the explosion was caused by a fire in the turbine hall, which is outside the nuclear zones of the power station. While the explosion is a significant technical event, it is not considered to be a nuclear accident.
Tue, 2017-02-14
On February 12, 2017, North Korea claimed that it successfully tested a nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile, “Pukguksong-2,” off its eastern coast. The missile flew 500 kilometers before falling in the Sea of Japan, and the test was confirmed by both South Korea and the United States.
Tue, 2017-01-03
The Middle East region’s first synchrotron light source, SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), is expected to be fully operational when the first electrons complete their initial laps around the synchrotron’s circumference ring at the end of December, 2016.
Tue, 2017-01-03
The IAEA’s second International Conference on Nuclear Security was held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from December 5-9, 2016. Jordan’s statement in the conference’s Ministerial segment, which was delivered on behalf of H.E. the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, highlighted some of the Kingdom’s most noteworthy commitments towards strengthening nuclear security.
Tue, 2016-12-13
On December 8, 2016, Georgetown University’s National Security Archive published declassified documents on a mysterious flash that was detected by a U.S. Vela satellite over the South Atlantic nearly four decades ago.
Mon, 2016-12-12
The Eleventh Annual Workshop of the Radiation Measurement Cross Calibration Network (RMCC) was convened today at the premises of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS). The 3-day workshop seeks to build core competencies in radioanalysis capabilities in the Middle East by facilitating the exchange of expertise and fostering dialogue to improve methods.
Wed, 2016-12-07
An inauguration ceremony for the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), a 5-megawatt reactor and the first nuclear reactor in Jordan, was held on December 7, 2016, following the completion of the hot commissioning tests by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) earlier this month. In addition to the reactor, which was constructed on the Jordan University for Science and Technology campus, the project contains service buildings, a training center, and a facility to treat radioactive waste.
Sun, 2016-12-04
On November 16, 2016, the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS) hosted the 10th edition of the Amman Security Colloquium, which seeks to address regional challenges to peace and stability in the Middle East.
Sun, 2016-12-04
The most recent publication issue of the International Journal of Nuclear Security (IJNS) on Education and Training includes an article on “The Role of Cultural Awareness in Nuclear Security Programs,” which was co-authored by Al-Sharif Nasser bin Nasser (Managing Director of MESIS), Jasmine Auda (MESIS), and Katherine Bachner (Brookhaven National Laboratory).
Thu, 2016-12-01
Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement (NSC) is an unprecedented design and construction project by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that aims to ultimately transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure state by 2017. On November 29, 2016, the NSC structure was moved over a distance of 327 meters from its assembly point to its final position, completely enclosing a previous makeshift shelter that was hastily assembled immediately after the 1986 accident.