David Albright


David Albright, founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security, discusses the propaganda value of half-truth descriptions of Iran’s nuclear program, the details of IAEA/NPT compliance requirements and loopholes for avoiding them, the CIA’s smear campaign against Oak Ridge National Laboratory for disputing the Iraqi aluminum tube/uranium enrichment story, issues relating to the nuclear weapons of Israel, India, Pakistan and N. Korea, how the Bush administration’s warmongering wasted a golden opportunity to settle disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, and much more.

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David Albright, a physicist, is President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in Washington, D.C. He directs the project work of ISIS, heads its fundraising efforts, and chairs its board of directors. In addition, he regularly publishes and conducts scientific research. He has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world.

Albright has published assessments in Science, Scientific American, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, The Washington Post, Newsday, The New York Times, The Public Interest Report, and Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy. Research reports by Albright have been published by the Environmental Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.

Albright has been cited often in the media and appeared frequently on television and radio. He has been cited regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, London Sunday Times, Guardian, Die Zeit, Ashi Shimbun, Der Spiegel, Stern, Times of India and by Reuters, Associated Press, AFP and Bloomberg wire services. Albright has also appeared many times on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 60 Minutes, Dateline, Nightline and multiple National Public Radio shows.

Albright, in collaboration with Frans Berkhout, of Sussex University, and William Walker, of the University of St. Andrews, published World Inventory of Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium, 1992 (SIPRI and Oxford University Press). A second, greatly-expanded edition entitled Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium 1996: World Inventories, Capabilities and Policies was published in March 1997. He is also a co-editor and contributor to Challenges of Fissile Material Control and Solving the North Korean Nuclear Puzzle, published by ISIS Press in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Albright cooperated actively with the IAEA Action Team from 1992 until 1997, focusing on analyses of Iraqi documents and past procurement activities. In June 1996, he was the first non-governmental inspector of the Iraqi nuclear program. On this inspection mission, Albright questioned members of Iraq’s former uranium enrichment programs about their statements in Iraq’s draft Full, Final, and Complete Declaration.

13 thoughts on “David Albright”

  1. It is really interesting how the UN and international community DEMAND stuff from Iran, yet ASKS stuff from Israel. Add to that the fact that Iran have cameras set up and UN inspectors running around their facilities and total transperancy. Israel have none of those, and even officially denies that they have nukes.

    This guy actually says that Israel will never disarm if Iran does not suspend their civilian nuclear power program. What does the one have to do with another? The job of UN is not to look after Israeli strategical and military threats, it is to make sure people do not get nuclear tech without the right obligations. If ANYTHING, Israel must disarm before anyone can demand ANYBODY in the middle east to move away from nuclear technology.

    And as for the mysterious laptop, why don't the accusers put out the evidence to Iranians and confront them with it? Imagine if your neighbour came and say that he got evidence that you have committed a felony against him and asked you to explain yourself. But he refuses to say what you had done or even what kind of evidence it is. Yet he and the police expects you to disprove him. How can you do that if you have no idea what the charge is, or even what kind of evidence that exists?

    If USA/Israel/UN have evidence against Iran, put it forward. Otherwise quit talking about "the laptop".

  2. The “war of the cities” between Iraq and Iran was subsidized by the US and Israel. The broader war was conducted for many reasons: destroy regional competition for Israel; profit from US/Israeli arms sales; take revenge on Iran for the revolution; draw a deeper sectarian division between Arabs; Saudi Arabia’s regional paranoia; and most importantly to tie up any effective Arab resistance to the 1982 pre planned attack on Lebanon by Israel.
    The US and Israel created Iranian insecurity. The remedy is quite simple. That is by restoring Iranian security and recognizing its legitimate grievances, although history clearly shows that the US only recognizes expedient grievances. So where I ask is the change?

  3. In the 80’s the US warned Pakistan of an Israeli/Indian planned air attack on Pakistani nuclear facilities. I think Scott may be right about the US funding Pakistan’s nuclear program.

  4. I'm missing something.

    On what basis does Albright claim the right to know what is going on with the Iranian nuclear program? With any other country's program?

    Is he Iranian? North Korean? Pakistani?

    Iranians, please set a day aside for a mass "flipping off" of the international community of hypocrites.

    1. President Ahmadinejad has been doing that since 2003. He refuses to back an inch about the Iranian RIGHT to nuclear energy. Even when offered very cheap pre-enriched uranium from Russia he says no, it is a matter of principle and independence. If you give up one right, soon you will be giving up others too.

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