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Nuclear and radiological terrorism are threats that hold great potential for human harm. These threats can only be addressed through universal responsibility and leadership of national governments and effective multilateral action.

Countries need to build on ambitious high-level commitments made through the Nuclear Security Summit process and in other international venues in order to improve governance on the national, bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels and strengthen the nuclear security architecture. Sustainable progress also requires the involvement of civil society and industry alongside stakeholders from national governments and international organizations. 


Current Work

Building on the Stanley Foundation’s work on nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation issues over the last five decades, today’s nuclear security programming draws on our strengths as a convener of key stakeholders, including international organizations, national governments, civil society, and industry. We commission expert analysis in order to encourage innovative policy ideas and actively engage the media on nuclear security issues.

Additionally, the foundation is a part of the work of the Fissile Materials Working Group, a nongovernmental coalition of more than 70 organizations from around the world, and the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group, a globally diverse group with broad nuclear sector experience. Representatives of these two civil society groups have been active participants in the Nuclear Security Summit process, working to develop actionable policy recommendations and articulate a long-term vision for nuclear security.

The foundation’s recent projects in the nuclear security area have also included meetings to promote collaboration among nuclear security centers of excellence and workshops to facilitate the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.


Latest Publication

Reporting a Radiation Emergency
Workshop Summary
June 2016

Journalists would play an indispensable role keeping the public informed in an emergency resulting in the release of radiation, either accidental or deliberate. But what do they need to do their job effectively? The following recommendations to authorities who would manage such an emergency were drafted by participants in the 2016 Rotterdam Nuclear Security Workshop for International Journalists. Read More

Policy Publications

June 2016
Reporting a Radiation Emergency
Workshop Summary (138K)

March 2016
Improved Nuclear Security Through Effective Information Sharing
Policy Dialogue Brief (386K)

February 2016
Treatment, Not Terror
Workshop Summary (993K)

February 2016
The Quest for Nuclear Security Standards
Debra Decker and Kathryn Rauhut
Policy Analysis Brief (197K)

November 2015
Nuclear Security and Information Sharing
Policy Memo (405K)

November 2015
Sustainable Nuclear Security Governance: Beyond the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
Conference Report (923K)

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Op-Eds and Articles

July 2016
Strengthening Nuclear Security in a Post-Summit World
Commentary by Martin B. Malin and Nickolas Roth

March 2016
The Nuclear Security Summits
Sam Ratner

March 2016
The Stalking Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

January 2016
Connecting...
Joseph McNamara, Editor

September 2015
The Best Person for the Job
Keith Porter, President

July 2015
Improving Nuclear Security—One Summit at a Time
Global Summitry: Politics, Economics, and Law in International Governance

Anya Loukianova, The Stanley Foundation

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The Summer 2016 issue of Courier features: “Their name is the Rohingya, a people disowned by their home government, cast away as stateless and homeless. Who will step up and help?” and “Peace at Risk in Burundi—Again.” The issue also includes “Strengthening Nuclear Security in a Post-Summit World,” “No Time to Lose, the 1.5 C Limit in the Paris Agreement,” and “Investigation U. 2016.” The full Summer 2016 issue. PDF (1.0 MB) Subscribe for FREE.

2016 International Women Authors Event 2016 International Women Authors Event
Loung Ung, bestselling author of a trilogy about the 1970s terror and atrocity of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, will be the featured speaker and honoree of the 2016 International Women Authors event on October 6 in Davenport, Iowa. The event is sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and its community partner, Women’s Connection of the Quad Cities.

Reporting a Radiation Emergency Reporting a Radiation Emergency
Journalists would play an indispensable role keeping the public informed in an emergency resulting in the release of radiation, either accidental or deliberate. But what do they need to do their job effectively? The following recommendations to authorities who would manage such an emergency were drafted by participants in the 2016 Rotterdam Nuclear Security Workshop for International Journalists.

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