About the Author

Evan Thompson is a research associate with Octant Associates where he supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Cooperative Threat Reduction program. He has also supported the Department of State's Chemical Security Program through CRDF Global and worked in the Department of State’s Office of Export Control Cooperation. Prior to his work at State, Evan conducted research in export controls as a Security Leadership Fellow with the Center for International Trade and Security and later as a Leonard M. Rieser Fellow with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He graduated with a B.A. in international affairs from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University.
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Nuclear Semantics

Hot off the heels of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, the international community is once again abuzz with plans to secure nuclear materials and thwart the efforts of terrorists to acquire these materials. Chief among these efforts is securing nuclear and radiological materials. Are these efforts the same, though? The answer is a resounding “No.”