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NewsApril 17, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsDecember 12, 2018

LBJ student researchers recommend phasing out controversial plutonium fuel in first-of-its-kind energy study

Nuclear power plants traditionally use uranium fuel, which is relatively safe and uncontroversial. However, seven countries around the world have also used fuel made of plutonium, which is controversial because it causes cancer, may be used in nuclear weapons, and is very expensive to purify and manufacture into fuel. So why do these countries produce and use such dangerous fuel and what has been their experience?

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Media MentionJuly 13, 2018

OPINION: How not to reduce Japan's plutonium stockpile

In an opinion piece for Kyodo News, Alan J. Kuperman, associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the looming deadlines facing Japan regarding its stockpiles of Plutonium and what plans may be best to ease nuclear tension in the region. 

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Media MentionMarch 13, 2018

The US Navy should start weaning its reactors off bomb-grade uranium

It’s not often that a Navy Secretary declines money from Congress, but that’s what Richard Spencer is doing with $30 million that lawmakers want him to spend on developing a new type of nuclear propulsion system. Mr. Spencer should reconsider — for the good of the Navy, nonproliferation efforts, and national security, says LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman. 

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Media MentionFebruary 13, 2018

Target Austin: Two Minutes To Midnight

LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman on how to survive a nuclear attack in Austin. 

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NewsJanuary 8, 2018

What's in Store for 2018? LBJ Faculty Make Their Predictions

After an eventful 2017, what's in store for the new year? Professors from the LBJ School offer their best predictions, explaining what to keep an eye on and what may be at stake. 

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Media MentionAugust 20, 2017

Why is NASA testing bomb-grade materials for its Mars mission?

Regrettably, to power its Mars mission, NASA’s Goddard Space Center is trying to develop a nuclear reactor fueled by weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium — the stuff of the Hiroshima bomb — threatening to undermine decades of progress in phasing out such dangerous material from reactors worldwide to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism and proliferation, writes LBJ professor Alan Kuperman.

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Media MentionAugust 17, 2017

OPINION: Japan's intentional plutonium surplus

Japan owns nearly 50 tons of separated plutonium. That is enough for over 5,000 nuclear weapons. Yet Japan has no feasible peaceful use for most of this material, writes LBJ professor Alan Kuperman.

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Media MentionAugust 7, 2017

Our African friend, the mass murderer: America's continued affection for reelected Rwandan president Paul Kagame

Prof. Alan Kuperman comments on America's relationship with Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

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Media MentionMay 16, 2017


University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Alan Kuperman calls President Trump the most “unpredictable” in American history.

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