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In This Issue: November 2012

Headed to the Morgue?: US-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Security

Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), sometimes referred to as the Nunn-Lugar program, has significantly improved global security in the last two decades. It is credited with the destruction of thousands of nuclear weapons and the increased security of WMD material in Russia and other former Soviet Republics. In the last year the US government and others have been recognizing the 20th anniversary of this important effort to secure nuclear weapons and material.

That is why in early October when several major US newspapers reported that the CTR agreement with Russia will not be renewed in 2013 based on a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, many were left wondering if this crucial program will continue. Read more.

UNSCR 1540: Toward a Safe, Secure World

Few things worry national security officials more than the possibility of a terrorist attack with a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon of mass destruction (WMD). The fear of nuclear proliferation, in particular, was confirmed in 2004 with the revelation that A.Q. Khan, a Pakistani nuclear scientist, was operating a black market to sell nuclear technology and know-how. In response, the United States pushed for and secured passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, which obligates all UN member states to take steps to prevent the spread of WMD materials to nonstate actors.

The 1540 Committee at the UN serves as a matchmaker of sorts, connecting country requests for assistance or capacity building—like new technology or training—with donor countries able to meet those needs. Efforts to meet the obligation of the resolution also provide an opportunity to bridge the security and development divide, where developing nations can meet their pressing domestic needs while also strengthening their controls against WMD proliferation. Because not all countries have the capacity to meet the obligation of UNSCR 1540, a collaborative regional approach between countries with shared challenges often works best.

In a new video from the Stanley Foundation, experts working on UNSCR 1540 explain what this looks like in practice.

Beyond The Headlines

Maliís Deepening Crisis: How Will the World Respond?

Many Americans first heard about the deteriorating security situation in the West African country of Mali when it was mentioned twice during the third Presidential debate and although the situation is worsening, the problems associated with it have been developing for more than nine months.

In March a small group of mid-ranking military officers gained power in a coup d'état against the democratically elected decade-long presidency of Amadou Toumani Touré. While the stakes rise within Mali and the wider region, the international community seems to be stuck when it comes to agreeing on an appropriate response. Read more.

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Read & Learn: Reconciliation and Trust Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Seventeen years after its bloody war for independence, effects of that tumultuous time can still be seen for the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. A recent report from the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project at the University of Edinburgh aims to capture the mood of the population regarding reconciliation and trust building in the once-divided country. The report, based on a survey of over 600 people from four regions across Bosnia-Herzegovina—Sarajevo, Mostar, Bugojno, and Banja Luka, finds that there is strong support across groups for reconciliation, though varying degrees of optimism over reconciliation processes. View the full report here.

Foreign Policy in Practice: Presidential Priorities

Although the economy will continue to dominate the political discourse in the US for the foreseeable future, the Obama administration will have plenty of work to do on foreign policy issues as well. This has prompted many organizations to offer their advice on what the priorities should be. In October the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation produced a fact sheet on the “Fifteen Foreign-Policy Challenges For the Next President.” The Connect U.S. Fund in its efforts to promote US global engagement issued a letter to the Obama administration urging action in four key areas: human rights, climate change, nuclear weapons, and development. From human rights and atrocity prevention to global cooperation to nonproliferation and nuclear security, there will be plenty to keep the President’s team busy. 

New Resource: UN Ambassador on Preventing Genocide

In a newly released video from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Abramowitz, director of the Museum's genocide prevention program, interviews Ambassador Susan Rice about what the UN and the US government are doing to assist in preventing genocide and mass atrocities. In the interview, Ambassador Rice discusses the ongoing situation in Syria, as well as the new Atrocities Prevention Board as a whole-of-government approach for the US to addressing the issue globally. 

TSF Library

53rd Annual Strategy for Peace Conference

Policy Memos
October 2012

Each year the Stanley Foundation convenes the Strategy for Peace Conference on a wide range of US national security and foreign policy issues with experts from the public and private sectors who meet in autonomous, concurrent roundtables. Immediately after the October conference, the foundation released policy memos capturing highlights of each discussion and policy recommendations of roundtable participants. The 2012 roundtables were: Assisting States to Prevent Atrocities: Implications for Development Policy, Stabilization Assistance, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding; Domestic Constraints on Global Cooperation; and Effective and Sustainable Global Nuclear Security: Looking Beyond the Horizon.

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