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Navigating the Rough Terrain of a U.S.–Saudi Arabia Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement

April 5, 2018

The United States is working with Saudi Arabia to help it develop a nuclear energy program while preventing nuclear weapon proliferation.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to build its first two nuclear power reactors, and for U.S. companies to compete to build the reactors the U.S. must develop a 123 Agreement that secures valuable, long-term nonproliferation commitments from Saudi Arabia while encouraging Saudi Arabia’s efforts to modernize its economy and society.

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Katie Tubb is a policy analyst for energy and environmental issues in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.