Clifford E. Singer

Director of the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS)

Research and Emeritus Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, and of Political Science
Education: B.S. in Mathematics, University of Illinois;  Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of Expertise

Global and regional uranium resources; the future of nuclear explosives holdings; the security implications of global and regional energy economics.

Biography

Clifford Singer  was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. He subsequently did research in plasma physics, advanced space propulsion, and the computational simulation of thermonuclear plasma performance at the University of London, Princeton University, and the University of Illinois. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institutes for Strömungsforschung and Plasmaphysik at Göttingen and Garching in Germany.

Singer has worked extensively on issues related to the cessation of production of nuclear materials for nuclear explosives programs, including related matters dealing with outer space and the future of nuclear explosives stockpiles. He is currently supervising research on global energy economics with emphasis on spent nuclear fuel management, sources of energy for transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to completing a sabbatical leave at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Center for Technology and Security Policy in Washington, DC, he was also previously the Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS).

Selected Publications

Books or Edited Collections

Singer, Clifford E. Energy and International War: From Babylon to Baghdad and Beyond (World Scientific Press).

Selected Articles or Book Chapters

Singer, Clifford and Leah Matchett, “Climate Action Gaming Experiment: Methods and Example Results,’’ Challenges 6 (2015) 202-228.

Singer, Clifford, Timothy Milligan, and T. S. Gopi Rethinaraj, “How China’s Options Will Determine Global Warming,” Challenges 5 (2014) 1-25.

Singer, C. E. and H. von Brevern, “Uranium Price vs. Cumulative Use,’’ Nuclear Technology 176 (2011) 227-237; available in extended form as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Report ACDIS SIN:1.2010 at http://www.acdis.uiuc.edu/Research/ResReports.shtml

Singer, C.E. and William R. Roy, “Spent Fuel and Waste Disposal.” Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia (Steven B. Krivit and Jay H. Lehr, editors) c. 8 pages (John Wiley and Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2011).

Singer, C.E. “Beyond Horizontal and Vertical Proliferation: Towards an Integrated Approach to Nuclear Weapons Material,” in South Asia after the Cold War (K. P. Pajbai and S. P. Cohen, editors), p. 193-204, Westview Press (1993).

Singer, C.E. “Is an Otherwise Sensible Agreement with India and Pakistan Precluded Because it Would Reward Nuclear Testing?” in India’s Nuclear Security (R.G.C Thomas and A. Gupta, editors), p. 241-261, Lynne Rienner, publisher, Boulder, CO (2000).

Neuhoff, J. and C. E. Singer. “The Verification and Control of Fissile Material in South Asia,” in Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia, (S. Cohen and S. Burns, editors) p. 207-264, Westview Press (1991).

Swords and Ploughshares (ACDIS publication)

Singer, Clifford E. “Will Mankind Survive the Millennium?” Swords and Plougshares XIII #1, 3-6 (Spring 2001), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security.

Singer, Clifford E., “Coerced Disarmament of Iraq,” Swords and Ploughshares XIV #3, 5-6 (Winter 2002), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security.

Singer, Clifford E., “Comments on Sustainable Defense,” Swords and Ploughshares XII #2, 15-16 (Spring 2000), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security.

Singer, Clifford E., “The Last Major International War?” Swords and Ploughshares XVII #2 (Summer 2009)

Singer, Clifford E., “Biofuels in the Broader Context,” Swords and Ploughshares XVII #2, 15-18 (Summer 2009)

Rethinaraj, T. S. G., and C. E. Singer, “Fissil Material Cut-off Treaty: Revisiting Indian and Pakistani Options,” Swords and Ploughshares XVIII #1, 24-29 (Fall 2010)

Reports

Singer, C.E., “Nuclear Confidence Building in South Asia,” University of Illinois Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Research Report, 78 pages (June, 1995).

Singer, C.E., “Civilian and Military Uses of Nuclear Energy,” 25 pages, in “Regional Conflicts and Conflict Resolution”, R. Kanet, Editor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ACDIS Program Book.

Singer, Clifford. “Nuclear Confidence Building in South Asia,” DOE Final Report, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Report ACDIS SIN:1.1995.

Singer, C.E. editor, “After the South Asian Bombs: The Global Implications of Recent Developments Concerning Nuclear Weapons,” University of Illinois ACDIS Course Reader, 250 pages (1999).

Singer, C.E., “South Asian Nuclear Proliferation Research: Final Report,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Research Report 41 pages (2000).

Singer, C. E., Editor, “The New Nuclear Arms Control Environment: Trip Report and Project Conclusions,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Occasional Paper ACDIS SIN:3.2002, 53 pages.

Singer, C. E. and A. Sands, “Keys to Unblocking Multilateral Nuclear Arms Control,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Occasional Paper ACDIS SIN:3.2002, 9 pages (2002). Translations in Chinese, French, German, and Russian are available at http://www.acdis.uiuc.edu/Research/OPs_N-Z.shtml#S.

Singer, C. E., “Nuclear Energy Sector Facilities and Agents,” November, 2007, Argonne National Laboratory internal report, 165 pages.

Singer, C. E., “Nuclear Energy in the Middle East and North and West Africa,” October, 2008, draft report for Argonne National Laboratory, 52 pages.

Link

http://npre.illinois.edu/directory/faculty/csinger


 

Former ACDIS directors include Ed Kolodziej (political science), Jeremiah Sullivan (physics), and Stephen P. Cohen (political science). See our history for more.