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The use of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to human survival and well-being. As the world enters a new period of rapid technological development, emerging technologies are challenging long-held assumptions and practices—about deterrence, disarmament, and nonproliferation—for how to best avoid the use of nuclear weapons through multilateral cooperation.

If nuclear governance regimes and norms do not become more adaptable to this accelerating pace of change, emerging technologies will disrupt or render obsolete existing institutions that control and mitigate the risks of nuclear weapons.


Current Work

To reduce this risk of nuclear use, the Stanley Foundation works to help global governance and technology development co-evolve in ways that manage or leverage the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Our efforts focus on:

  • Helping establish shared definitions of the risks and opportunities that emerging technologies pose for strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament.
  • Informing and supporting existing nuclear governance institutions as they adapt to be more responsive to the risks of emerging technologies.
  • Engendering collective responsibility among stakeholders for managing the disruptive effects of emerging technologies.
  • Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied to improve strategic stability, strengthen nonproliferation, and promote disarmament.

Building on the Stanley Foundation’s work on nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation issues over the last six decades, today’s nuclear policy 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 policy issues.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.


Latest Publication

International Nuclear Security Peer Reviews:
Making the IAEA IPPAS General and Sustainable
Other Publication
December 2016

Nuclear Security Checklist Results: Demonstrating Implementation of IAEA Information Circular 869, assesses how countries are meeting their commitments under INFCIRC/869. Data for the working paper was collected through a checklist whereby subscribers to INFCIRC/869 could self-report their progress. The working paper notes positive trends in nuclear security implementation and considers next steps for promoting full, demonstrable implementation of... Read More

Op-Eds and Articles

November 2016
Safeguard the World’s Nuclear Arsenals
Kennette Benedict

November 2016
Consider This...

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

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Courier Courier
The Winter 2016 issue of Courier features policy insights for the President-elect and new US leadership to improve our peace and security in nuclear policy, genocide prevention, and climate change. The issue also includes an in-depth interview with a survivor of the Phnom Penh, Cambodia genocide in the late 1970s. The full Winter 2016 issue. PDF (1.0 MB) Subscribe for FREE.

IRP Fellows Reporting Live from the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Morocco
The International Reporting Project (IRP) and the Stanley Foundation collaborated to bring five international journalists to Marrakech, Morocco to report on the Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from November 7-18, 2016.  

SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents
In the event of a radiation incident such as the use of a so-called dirty bomb or nuclear reactor incident, accurate and swift reporting is vital to public safety. This guide is intended to both help the journalist to be safe if they are covering such a story and to provide basic safety information that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. 

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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