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Our Latin America Nuclear Problem Does the title of this blog post seem a little odd sounding, "Latin American" Nuclear Powers? A close friend was somewhat shocked when I told him earlier this week that Brazil and Argentina are the two more advanced nuclear powers in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico operates several reactors as well, but Argentina and Brazil are the regional nuclear trendsetters. Brazil's former president Lula da Silva had a cozy relationship with Iran. While the relationship has been somewhat strained in recent years, Brazil and Iran remain close economic and political allies. My colleague, as is the case with most Americans, had no idea that there were reactors and ongoing nuclear research programs in various Latin American countries. Move over Iran. We have nuclear proliferation concerns right here in the Americas. Most policy experts in this town say there is no reason to really be concerned. I'm a little less sanguine. It is not that these nations should not be