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The accelerating pace of technology development is creating promising opportunities and significant risks for global efforts to halt the spread and avoid the use of nuclear weapons.

Whether promoting the use of earth imaging technology to enhance nonproliferation or understanding the cybersecurity of nuclear weapons systems, traditional nuclear policy stakeholders face an array of challenges for staying responsive to technology change. Advancing solutions to such challenges increasingly requires new stakeholders—including private industry and civil society—to play more active roles in governance.

Current Work

The Stanley Foundation’s nuclear policy programming aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of global efforts to halt the spread and avoid the use of nuclear weapons by advancing governance solutions that manage or leverage disruptive technologies. Our efforts focus on:

  • Developing stakeholder understanding and awareness of the risks that emerging technologies pose.
  • Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied.
  • Informing and supporting nuclear governance institutions as stakeholders adapt to the implications of emerging technologies.
  • Advancing solutions that involve stakeholders at all levels in the management of emerging technologies.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.

Latest Publication

Better Than a Floppy: The Potential of Distributed Ledger Technology for Nuclear Safeguards Information Management
Cindy Vestergaard, Ph.D.
Policy Analysis Brief
November 2018

This policy analysis brief provides an overview of DLT and explores its utility for safeguards information management. It considers the landscape of factors determining how safeguards data is inputted, processed, and accessed. The findings and recommendations suggest where adding a DLT layer could be applied to provide greater efficiency, data reconciliation, accuracy, and trust in information management at the international, national, and facility... Read More


April 2019
Solutions Begin with Individuals
Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications

April 2019
This is Not a Drill
Alex Wellerstein

April 2019
Pushing for Parity
Francie Williamson, The Stanley Foundation

November 2018
Nuclear Policy Takes a Deep Dive Into Blockchain
Morgen Peck

August 2018
The Good of Global Governance

April 2018
Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence

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10/21/19   Workshop on Improved Crisis Communications Systems
08/13/19   The Militarization of Artificial Intelligence
07/18/19   The Gray Spectrum: Ethical Decision-Making in Geospatial Analysis


Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy
The Stanley Foundation has joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a new international initiative bringing together more than 30 organizations working in the global nuclear policy field and committed to gender equality.

Nuclear Policy Program Officer Ben Loehrke will serve as a Focal Point for the initiative, helping to implement the foundation’s commitments and share progress, best practices, and encouragement with other participating organizations.

“To make progress on today’s global nuclear challenges, we must ensure that our colleagues can equally contribute their drive, knowledge, and skill to the policy discussion,” Loehrke said. “We are proud to play our part, joining more than 30 other leading organizations, by promoting gender balance in the foundation’s nuclear policy programming.”

Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence 

A special feature in collaboration with The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), deep-learning, and robotics are enabling new military capabilities that will have a disruptive impact on military strategies. The effects of these capabilities will be felt across the spectrum of military requirements—from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to offense/defense balances and even on to nuclear weapons systems themselves.

In this package, five top experts in AI and its potential uses in autonomous weapons and sensing systems weigh in on the moral and practical challenges of managing the explosion of military AI research and development around the world. The goal: to keep fast-paced advances in machine learning from sparking a worldwide AI arms race that poses a new existential risk to humanity. Read more.

Three Tweets to Midnight: Nuclear Crisis Stability and the Information Ecosystem
How might a nuclear crisis play out in today’s media environment? How would the crisis be tweeted? This brief provides a framework for questions about crisis stability in today’s information ecosystem and concludes with a series of open questions deserving further examination.


Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2019-2020 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

60th Strategy for Peace Conference 60th Strategy for Peace Conference
The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

Courier Courier
The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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