Mark Hibbs

Senior Associate
Nuclear Policy Program
Hibbs is a Berlin-based senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications, including Nucleonics Week and NuclearFuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.
 

Education

MA, Columbia University
BA, Cornell University

Languages

Dutch; English; French; German

 

Mark Hibbs is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program, based in Berlin. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications including Nucleonics Week and Nuclear Fuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Hibbs started at McGraw-Hill as the European editor, then became editor for the Asia-Pacific, and finally, in addition to his Asia-Pacific responsibilities, senior correspondent.

From the late 1980s until the mid-1990s, he covered nuclear developments in the Soviet bloc, including research on the USSR’s nuclear-fuel-cycle facilities and its nuclear-materials inventories. Since the mid-1990s, his work has focused emerging nuclear programs in Asia, including China and India.

Throughout the last two decades, many of the over 3,000 articles he wrote investigated nuclear-proliferation-related developments in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Libya, North and South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa, Syria, and Taiwan.

Since 2003, he has made many detailed findings about clandestine procurement in Europe related to gas centrifuge uranium-enrichment programs in Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Pakistan.

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk April 22, 2014
    Looking Back at Brazil's Boreholes

    Many people living in the northern hemisphere might be surprised to learn that Brazilians don’t agree about what the world had been told decades ago was an open and shut case: that Brazil had a secret nuclear weapons program.

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  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk March 14, 2014
    Iran’s Centrifuges and Bushehr

    Russia and Iran are conferring about the supply of new nuclear power plants at the Bushehr site on the Persian Gulf. Iran operates one Russian reactor there and building more could contribute to a comprehensive agreement between the six powers and Iran.

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  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk March 6, 2014
    China, Amano, and Japan’s Plutonium

    A Japan bristling with weapons-grade nuclear materials fits a Chinese narrative that the Abe government intends to re-militarize and threaten Japan’s neighbors.

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  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk February 19, 2014
    Deconstructing Sherman on the Possible Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program

    For Iran to admit that it worked on nuclear weapons would be more significant than Iran’s 2003 statement that it failed to declare to the IAEA a flurry of nuclear activities which could be justified by Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.

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  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk January 20, 2014
    Handling Iran’s Weaponization File

    A final agreement could emerge on schedule if negotiators—especially in Iran and in the United States—respond to their domestic critics by cracking whips to get fast results.

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  • Op-Ed Trust & Verify January 7, 2014
    Verification and the Iran Deal

    The success in concluding the initial step of the Iran deal was bought at the price of a lack of clarity about how all seven countries should proceed in negotiating the final step during the next twelve months.

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  • Article December 30, 2013
    A Year of Too-Great Expectations for Iran

    If all goes according to plan, Iran will sign a comprehensive final agreement on its nuclear program in 2014. But it would be unwise to bet that events will unfold as planned.

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  • Op-Ed Jane’s Intelligence Review December 30, 2013
    China Provides Nuclear Reactors to Pakistan

    China’s decision to supply Pakistan with further power reactors has raised concerns that Beijing is breaching nuclear trade rules.

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  • Op-Ed Heinrich-Böll-Stiftungen December 19, 2013
    Strengthening Legitimacy and Political Will for Nuclear Trade Controls

    In responding to the challenge of nuclear proliferation, nuclear trade controls and nuclear disarmament have separate missions.

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  • Op-Ed Hill December 12, 2013
    Iran and U.S. Nuclear Policy

    Ongoing and difficult diplomacy with Iran does not provide U.S. lawmakers with grounds to require potential 123 partners not to enrich uranium or reprocess reactor fuel as a matter of principle. That would seriously endanger 123 agreements in some cases.

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  • Wall Street Journal TV November 25, 2013
    Is the Iran Deal Scientifically Possible?

    The interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 includes technical limitations on Iran’s program but most importantly serves as a confidence-building process.

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  • BBC World News September 3, 2013
    Fukushima Radiation Levels

    Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is back in the headlines as the country’s government reveals plans to deal with the latest leaks of contaminated water at the crippled nuclear facility.

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  • Sun News October 10, 2012
    Is Iran a Ticking Time Bomb?

    Although Iran has been making enriched uranium fuel, it is less clear if it is able to actually take nuclear material and make it into an explosive device.

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  • NHK March 23, 2012
    The Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP: The World Ponders

    A lack of preparation, defenses and confusion about who held responsibility contributed to the seriousness of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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  • Mark Hibbs
    Wisconsin Public Radio June 13, 2011
    A Future Without Nuclear Energy?

    The recent nuclear disaster in Japan has many people re-thinking the risks and benefits of nuclear energy. Germany took a bold stance two weeks ago when it pledged to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022.

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  • Deutsche Welle March 14, 2011
    Chernobyl-Style Meltdown 'Not Possible' in Japan

    Given that the Japanese have one of the most advanced nuclear power programs in the world, there is bound to be a serious reevaluation of whether nuclear power programs around the world are capable of dealing with massive geological events like the earthquake that hit Japan.

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  • Fox News March 11, 2011
    Japan's Nuclear Plants Safe After Quake?

    While passive safety features ensured that Japan's Fukushima reactors automatically shut off after the earthquake struck, the core remains hot even after the nuclear chain reaction ceases. If the core cannot be cooled, there could be potentially dangerous repercussions.

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  • Fox News March 11, 2011
    Earthquake's Impact on Japanese Nuclear Plants

    Although Japan's nuclear reactors in Fukushima have shut down, the fuel rods remain hot. If the coolant system does not function properly, the fuel rods could overheat, posing a real danger.

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  • CBC Radio March 11, 2011
    Fukushima: What Went Wrong?

    Although Japan's Fukushima reactors have been shut down, their fuel rods still need to cool down, so that the remaining water meant to cool the core does not boil and expose the radioactive rods.

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  • Radio Australia June 22, 2010
    China Plans to Build Two Nuclear Reactors in Pakistan

    There are growing concerns that China and the United States are on a collision course over Chinese plans to build two nuclear reactors in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

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  • April 13, 2012 Beijing
    New Trends in Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security

    The month of March 2012 marked two major developments in the realm of nuclear safety and nuclear security with the one-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the second Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul.

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  • March 6, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    One Year On: Assessing Fukushima’s Impact

    Almost one year after a massive tsunami triggered a nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the plant itself may finally be under control, but the accident’s consequences are likely to be profound and long lasting.

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  • December 13, 2011 Washington, DC
    The Future of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group, which is responsible for establishing guidelines that govern the transfer of nuclear-related materials, equipment, and technology, faces a number of serious challenges.

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  • June 30, 2010 Washington, DC
    Nuclear Suppliers in New Zealand: Global Trade Rules at the Crossroads

    From June 21–25, the 46 nuclear exporting countries that form the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) gathered in Christchurch, New Zealand, for its annual meeting to discuss the future of global nuclear trade rules.

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  • April 28, 2010 Brussels
    The Global Nuclear Order—Build or Break?

    The Obama administration recently concluded a two-day Nuclear Security Summit, which saw world leaders endorse the U.S.-led initiative to secure all nuclear weapons from terrorists’ grasp in the next four years. A number of pressing and controversial issues still remain on the global nuclear agenda, however.

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