Publication Date

Spring 2014


Helms School of Government


International Relations


nuclear energy, SMRs, energy, resources, nuclear


International Relations | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Political Science


Energy is a resource on which civil society is built. It affects every aspect of life and is vital to the survival of the modern world. This paper explores nuclear power and the effects it has on a national and global scale. The research looks at both the positive and negative aspects of nuclear energy, giving weight to both sides of the argument to present a detailed look at this resource. The research is compiled from a wide range of authors from scientists and nuclear experts to reporters and strategic intelligence agents. A proposed technology for the advancement of nuclear energy is also examined to show its benefits and compare it to conventional nuclear energy. This paper will assist any concerned citizen in making an informed decision on the world’s most vital resource, energy.