Atoms for Peace: an International Journal

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Editor in Chief: Prof. Tetsuo Sawada
ISSN online: 1741-6418
ISSN print: 1741-640X
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Atoms for Peace stems from the realisation that the world faces unprecedented challenges to supply clean, sustainable water, electricity and, soon, hydrogen to support economic and population growth that will test available resources. AFP uses this as an opportunity to highlight the peaceful uses of the atom over the past 50 years and the potential role of the atom over the next 50, such as providing radioactive sources for radiotherapy and ionizing agricultural products as well as the above challenges.


 Topics covered include

  • Geopolitics and ethics
  • Economy: international nuclear trade, investment and technology transfer
  • Sustainability
  • Global governance of nuclear technology
  • Non proliferation
  • Legal/political issues related to international movements of nuclear fuel
  • Legal/political issues related to international movements of radioactive waste
  • Responsibility towards future generations: ethical, legal and financial problems
  • Nuclear energy policy
  • Competitiveness and deregulation
  • Nuclear safety culture
  • Ethics


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Geopolitics and ethics

  • Philosophies of governance, theories of governance and governance structures
  • Strategies for effective stakeholder governance
  • Ethics of governmental and nuclear business actions
  • Impact of nuclear business on global economic (uneven-even) development
  • Social and societal implications, power and domination
  • Government-business relationship and public accountability
  • Challenge of ownership and responsibility
  • Nuclear industrial strategies, ecological prosperity and sustainability
  • Media power, transparency, business and government conflict
  • Technological innovation
  • Globalisation of nuclear research and development
  • Technology partnerships
  • Research networks
  • Systems of innovation


  • International nuclear trade and competitiveness
  • Direct investment in nuclear technology
  • International nuclear technology transfer
  • Nuclear intellectual property protection


  • Nuclear technology and environment
  • International equity

International security

  • Nuclear technological change and security
  • Nuclear technology transfer in a security environment
  • Regulation of nuclear technology

Global governance of nuclear technology

  • International nuclear rule-making
  • International nuclear cooperation
  • International nuclear technology policy
  • Nuclear technology and global ethics



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The objectives of AFP are to establish an effective channel of communication between policy makers, government agencies, academic and research institutions and persons concerned with the complex role of nuclear energy in society. It serves as an international forum for exchange of ideas and views on the global implications of nuclear technology for economic growth, sustainable development and international security. It also aims to promote and coordinate developments in the field of energy and water resources. The international dimension is emphasised in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of international security

Atoms for Peace will:

  • Bring about the emergence of a new voice in the political discourse over the peaceful use of nuclear energy
  • Create an ongoing dialogue between decision makers and the practitioner-stakeholders in nuclear energy, including representatives from industry and the armed forces, as well as various other international constituencies
  • Differentiate between those military uses of nuclear power necessary for national defence and international security and those which could be detrimental to global stability
  • Provide a substantive, politically viable and technically feasible draft framework around which future debate can take place
  • Raise the nuclear issue to a position of prominence within the agendas of world leaders
  • Facilitate the process of reaching a new global agreement on nuclear security.


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The journal will publish high quality papers from a wide variety of disciplinary orientations on the general subject of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The journal style and dialogue will be inclusive and attempt to involve all those who are interested in issues of atoms for peace (government agencies, both national and international, industry, academics, non governmental organisations).

The journal publishes original papers, theoretical (literature review based), empirical (work surveys and case studies) critically reflective work (thought-leadership commentaries) describing and developing pertinent insights into the broad subject matter, conference reports, relevant reports and news, book reviews and briefs. The style will be, as far as possible, free from specialist jargon.

Commentaries on papers and reports published in the Journal are encouraged. Authors will have the opportunity to respond to the commentary on their work before the entire treatment is published.

Special issues devoted to important topics in Atoms for Peace, and related topics, will be published occasionally.



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    Honorary Editor

  • Maïsseu, André, WONUC, France

    Editor in Chief

  • Sawada, Tetsuo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Honorary Advisory Board

  • Blix, Hans, IAEA Former President, Sweden
  • Chidambaram, Rajagopala, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India
  • De Gennes, Pierre-Gilles, Institut Curie – Recherche, France
  • Kano, Tokio, , Japan

Editorial Board Members

  • Asgarkhani, Abu Mohammad, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Brown, II, Omer F., Harmon, Wilmot & Brown, L.L.P., USA
  • Clerc, Michel, Association Droit à l’Energie, France
  • Fomitchev, Igor, CG-STEINR, Russian Federation
  • Hinteregger, Monika, University of Graz, Austria
  • Machelon, Jean-Pierre, Université “René Descartes” Paris V, France
  • Mahmoudi, Said, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Mohan, M. P. Ram, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
  • Pellaud, Bruno, Chalet San Diego, Switzerland
  • Puig, Diva E., Instituto Militar de Estudios Superiores, Uruguay
  • Quentin, Michel, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Rogalski, Michel, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France
  • Semov, Atanas, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Bulgaria
  • Singh, B.B., Hooseinally Visram & Co., India
  • Soltanieh, A. A., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran
  • Steinhausler, Fritz, Universität Salzburg, Austria
  • Tu, Nguyen Trieu, Hanoi National University, Vietnam


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