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Radioactive Challenge

The world’s leaders say nuclear terrorism is the greatest threat we face—with good reason. Even if there’s little chance of it, the explosion of one crude nuclear bomb in one major city would change the world forever. Not only could it cause death on a mass scale, but it could also trigger global economic disruption, environmental degradation, and a wider conflict requiring a military response. 

There has been a serious effort to scoop up and lock down the world’s nuclear materials since the end of the Cold War. Yet nearly 20 years later, we are far from having all of these radioactive materials secure. And we are at risk of them falling into the wrong hands. Only a global cooperative effort can prevent this. 

Radioactive Challenge helps viewers examine the challenge of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials globally. It aims to encourage discussion of the complexities of the “world’s greatest security challenge,” keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists.

With event planner and moderator guides chock-full of helpful tips and resources, the toolkit has everything needed to put together a successful event. Discussion guides are provided to facilitate group discussion on the issues raised in the video. Also, the toolkit includes materials that provide further background on the discussion topics.

Pre-Event Planning

  • Event Planner's Guide (PDF)
  • Event Poster (PDF)
  • Moderator's Guide (PDF)

Day of Event

  • Discussion Guide (PDF)
  • Event Sign-In Sheet (PDF)
  • Event Participant Survey (PDF)
  • "Main Feature: Radioactive Challenge" (video)
  • "Extra: Interview with Steven Black" (video) 
  • "Extra: Interview with Brian Finlay" (video)
  • "Extra: Interview with Kenneth Luongo" (video)
  • "Extra: Interview with Tariq Rauf" (video)

After the Event

Resource Materials

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Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG): The FMWG brings together the experience of leading nonproliferation experts and nongovernmental organizations concertedly working to “secure all vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide within four years.”

International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM): The IPFM is an independent group of arms control and nonproliferation experts that analyze the technical basis for practical and achievable policy initiatives to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS): The CNS combats the spread of WMD by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis.

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA): Based at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, MTA brings together scholars and practitioners who conduct policy-relevant research on key issues affecting the future of nuclear weapons, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and nuclear energy—particularly where these futures intersect.

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI): NTI’s mission is to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and to work to build the trust, transparency, and security that are preconditions to the ultimate fulfillment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions. 

Partnership for Global Security (PGS): PGS mounts a global effort to decrease the dangers posed by WMDs by working for a world in which all WMDs are secured and the threat of their use is eliminated. 

The Stanley Foundation: As a part of its work to promote public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues, the Stanley Foundation believes there is a clear need to move toward greater nuclear disarmament and better nonproliferation control, as well as preventing loose nuclear material from falling into the wrong hands.

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