Mark Hibbs

Senior Associate
Nuclear Policy Program
Hibbs is a Berlin-based senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications, including Nucleonics Week and NuclearFuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.


MA, Columbia University
BA, Cornell University


Dutch; English; French; German


Mark Hibbs is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program, based in Berlin. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications including Nucleonics Week and Nuclear Fuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Hibbs started at McGraw-Hill as the European editor, then became editor for the Asia-Pacific, and finally, in addition to his Asia-Pacific responsibilities, senior correspondent.

From the late 1980s until the mid-1990s, he covered nuclear developments in the Soviet bloc, including research on the USSR’s nuclear-fuel-cycle facilities and its nuclear-materials inventories. Since the mid-1990s, his work has focused emerging nuclear programs in Asia, including China and India.

Throughout the last two decades, many of the over 3,000 articles he wrote investigated nuclear-proliferation-related developments in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Libya, North and South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa, Syria, and Taiwan.

Since 2003, he has made many detailed findings about clandestine procurement in Europe related to gas centrifuge uranium-enrichment programs in Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Pakistan.

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk March 18, 2015
    Proliferation and the PKK

    Why on earth would Turkey prevent a NATO ally from prosecuting a suspected Iranian nuclear smuggler who had been arrested in Turkey?

  • Op-Ed February 23, 2015
    Turkey’s Interests and Tanideh

    Turkey has figured in a recent case where nonproliferation interests and perceived strategic interests collided.

  • Q&A February 18, 2015
    A Failed Effort to Toughen Nuclear Safety Standards

    The Fukushima disaster prompted a push to toughen a convention on the safety of nuclear power plants. But some countries with older reactors didn’t like the idea.

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk February 7, 2015
    India’s Bilateral Obligations

    Prior to Australia’s pending negotiations with India over terms to facilitate implementation of the nuclear cooperation agreement, India has weakened the information-sharing provisions in such arrangements with Canada and the United States.

  • Op-Ed Diplomat February 6, 2015
    Tracking India’s Imported Uranium

    If uranium supplier states are deterred from accounting for their uranium in India, that would inform all NPT parties that have pledged to renounce nuclear weapons that it doesn’t matter whether nuclear goods, sold on condition that they will be used peacefully, might be used to make deadly arms.

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk December 18, 2014
    Amano’s Move on Marivan

    Questions raised by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano about what he calls “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program are standing tall between the negotiators and a comprehensive settlement of the crisis.

  • 2014 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference November 22, 2014
    IAEA Safeguards Development and Russia's National Interest

    Since 2012 Russia has become more assertive in questioning the IAEA’s safeguards concept.

  • Podcast October 13, 2014
    China's Nuclear Future (Part II)

    Managing post–fuel cycle nuclear materials poses risks and requires detailed planning, yet experts maintain that the benefits of lower energy prices outweigh these concerns.

  • Podcast September 23, 2014
    China’s Nuclear Future (Part I)

    Chinese leaders have ambitious plans for developing the country’s nuclear energy program, but can they reach their goals while also keeping the program safe, secure, and sustainable?

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Wonk July 31, 2014
    Senators and South Africa

    During a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear diplomacy with Iran, speakers made several references to South Africa’s nuclear past and what it means for the six powers trying to negotiate a verification agreement with the Islamic Republic.

  • Wall Street Journal TV November 25, 2013
    Is the Iran Deal Scientifically Possible?

    The interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 includes technical limitations on Iran’s program but most importantly serves as a confidence-building process.

  • BBC World News September 3, 2013
    Fukushima Radiation Levels

    Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is back in the headlines as the country’s government reveals plans to deal with the latest leaks of contaminated water at the crippled nuclear facility.

  • Sun News October 10, 2012
    Is Iran a Ticking Time Bomb?

    Although Iran has been making enriched uranium fuel, it is less clear if it is able to actually take nuclear material and make it into an explosive device.

  • NHK March 23, 2012
    The Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP: The World Ponders

    A lack of preparation, defenses and confusion about who held responsibility contributed to the seriousness of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  • Mark Hibbs
    Wisconsin Public Radio June 13, 2011
    A Future Without Nuclear Energy?

    The recent nuclear disaster in Japan has many people re-thinking the risks and benefits of nuclear energy. Germany took a bold stance two weeks ago when it pledged to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022.

  • Deutsche Welle March 14, 2011
    Chernobyl-Style Meltdown 'Not Possible' in Japan

    Given that the Japanese have one of the most advanced nuclear power programs in the world, there is bound to be a serious reevaluation of whether nuclear power programs around the world are capable of dealing with massive geological events like the earthquake that hit Japan.

  • Fox News March 11, 2011
    Japan's Nuclear Plants Safe After Quake?

    While passive safety features ensured that Japan's Fukushima reactors automatically shut off after the earthquake struck, the core remains hot even after the nuclear chain reaction ceases. If the core cannot be cooled, there could be potentially dangerous repercussions.

  • Fox News March 11, 2011
    Earthquake's Impact on Japanese Nuclear Plants

    Although Japan's nuclear reactors in Fukushima have shut down, the fuel rods remain hot. If the coolant system does not function properly, the fuel rods could overheat, posing a real danger.

  • CBC Radio March 11, 2011
    Fukushima: What Went Wrong?

    Although Japan's Fukushima reactors have been shut down, their fuel rods still need to cool down, so that the remaining water meant to cool the core does not boil and expose the radioactive rods.

  • Radio Australia June 22, 2010
    China Plans to Build Two Nuclear Reactors in Pakistan

    There are growing concerns that China and the United States are on a collision course over Chinese plans to build two nuclear reactors in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

  • April 8, 2013
    Whither Nuclear Power?

    How will public opinion, the cheap price of natural gas, liability issues, and continued challenges of waste management affect nuclear energy policy?

  • April 13, 2012 Beijing
    New Trends in Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security

    The month of March 2012 marked two major developments in the realm of nuclear safety and nuclear security with the one-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the second Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul.

  • March 6, 2012
    Was the Fukushima Accident Preventable?

    Contrary to initial assessments that characterized the March 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as an unavoidable disaster, the accident was foreseeable and preventable.

  • March 6, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    One Year On: Assessing Fukushima’s Impact

    Almost one year after a massive tsunami triggered a nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the plant itself may finally be under control, but the accident’s consequences are likely to be profound and long lasting.

  • December 13, 2011 Washington, DC
    The Future of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group, which is responsible for establishing guidelines that govern the transfer of nuclear-related materials, equipment, and technology, faces a number of serious challenges.

  • March 29, 2011
    U.S. Nuclear Cooperation: How and With Whom?

    Should the U.S. impose limitations on fuel cycle activities when negotiating new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements?

  • March 28, 2011
    Implications of Japan's Nuclear Disaster

    Is the Japan nuclear disaster site-specific or does it have broader implications for the credibility and viability of nuclear energy worldwide?

  • March 28, 2011
    Destination Unknown: Where is the Global Nuclear Fuel Cycle Heading?

    What fuel cycle technologies will dominate the commercial nuclear world a generation from now?

  • June 30, 2010 Washington, DC
    Nuclear Suppliers in New Zealand: Global Trade Rules at the Crossroads

    From June 21–25, the 46 nuclear exporting countries that form the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) gathered in Christchurch, New Zealand, for its annual meeting to discuss the future of global nuclear trade rules.

  • April 28, 2010 Brussels
    The Global Nuclear Order—Build or Break?

    The Obama administration recently concluded a two-day Nuclear Security Summit, which saw world leaders endorse the U.S.-led initiative to secure all nuclear weapons from terrorists’ grasp in the next four years. A number of pressing and controversial issues still remain on the global nuclear agenda, however.

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