National Security Aspects of Projects for New Nuclear Power Plants

Building up a new nuclear unit or reconstructing an existing one is a complex task which also penetrates into national security affairs. Consequently, there are numerous risks connected to the construction process in the nuclear sector, which include technical, political, social and financial spheres. Firstly, the construction process itself is a matter of strategic cooperation, and a chain of decisions between multiple state and private actors. This intersection of private and state actors from various countries creates a distinctly problematic field for national security, particularly in light of the various problems seen throughout the globe within civil nuclear projects. Every state has a unique approach to national security and copes with problems differently, and in this series of blog posts, PSSI aims to analyse the most interesting geopolitical aspects related to recent nuclear energy projects.