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The use of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to human survival and wellbeing. As the world enters a new a 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 support 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

Risks and Fragmentation: Challenges and Strategies for Nuclear Policy Advocacy
Other Publication
January 2017

As nuclear weapons risks intensify, what opportunities for advocacy does this difficult strategic environment present to the policy community? How should the community adapt? This report summarizes insights from the Stanley Foundation’s Policy Lab on Nuclear Security and an externally-commissioned assessment. It gives an overview of critical nuclear risks and provides examples of potential strategies, opportunities, and places for collaboration. Read More

Publications

January 2017
Risks and Fragmentation: Challenges and Strategies for Nuclear Policy Advocacy
Other Publication (385K)

January 2017
The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?
Policy Dialogue Brief (240K)

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

Other Publication (171K)

December 2016
Nuclear Security Checklist Results
Demonstrating Implementation of IAEA Information Circular 869

Other Publication (235K)

November 2016
The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?
Policy Memo (183K)

August 2016
Descending From the Summit
The Path Toward Nuclear Security 2010–2016 and Beyond

William Tobey
Policy Analysis Brief (724K)

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)

October 2015
The Strengthening Nuclear Security Implementation Initiative:
Evolution, Status & Next Steps

Other Publication (381K)

September 2015
NATO’S Centers of Excellence: A Key Enabler in Transforming NATO to Address 21st Century Security Challenges
Other Publication (1,393K)

September 2015
Centers of Excellence in East Asia: Encouraging Collaborative Approaches to Nuclear Security
Daniel Salisbury and Christopher Hobbs
Policy Analysis Brief (542K)

July 2015
The Results We Need in 2016: Policy Recommendations for the Nuclear Security Summit
Other Publication (842K)

May 2015
Russia’s Nuclear Security Policy: Priorities and Potential Areas for Cooperation
Anton Khlopkov
Policy Analysis Brief (462K)

March 2015
International Convention on Nuclear Security
NSGEG
Conference Report (125K)

March 2015
Collaboration Among Centers of Excellence in Asia
Other Publication (251K)

January 2015
Strengthening International Cooperation on Nuclear Materials Security
by Nickolas Roth

Policy Dialogue Brief (339K)

November 2014
Strengthening International Cooperation on Nuclear Materials Security
Policy Memo (412K)

May 2014
Crossing the Finish Line: Ending the Civilian Use of Highly Enriched Uranium
Miles A. Pomper and Philippe Mauger
Policy Analysis Brief (548K)

April 2014
Preventing Weak Links in Nuclear Security:
A Strategy for Soft and Hard Governance

Conference Report (175K)

March 2014
Southern Flows: WMD Nonproliferation in the Developing World
Other Publication (2,462K)

December 2013
Planning for Success at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit
William Tobey
Policy Analysis Brief (165K)

October 2013
Preventing Weak Links in Nuclear Security: A Strategy for Soft and Hard Governance
Policy Memo (108K)

June 2013
Building International Confidence and Responsibility in Nuclear Security
Summary Report & Initial Policy Recommendations from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group
Conference Report (149K)

March 2013
Building a Nuclear Security Framework From the Ground Up: Encouraging Coordination Among Centers of Excellence in Northeast Asia
Sharon Squassoni
Policy Analysis Brief (84K)

March 2013
The Global Governance Architecture of Nuclear Security
Ramesh Thakur
Policy Analysis Brief (106K)

March 2013
Responsibility Beyond Rules: Leadership for a Secure Nuclear Future
Other Publication (484K)

February 2013
UNSCR 1540: Fostering Regional Momentum
Policy Memo (216K)

February 2013
Promoting Greater Transparency for Effective Nuclear Security
Summary Report & Initial Policy Recommendations from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group
Conference Report (145K)

January 2013
Beyond Boundaries in Southeast Asia: Dual-Benefit Capacity Building to Bridge the Security/Development Divide
Conference Report (881K)

December 2012
Effective and Sustainable Global Nuclear Security: Looking Beyond the Horizon
Policy Dialogue Brief (131K)

October 2012
Effective and Sustainable Global Nuclear Security: Looking Beyond the Horizon
Policy Memo (78K)

September 2012
Improving Nuclear Security Regime Cohesion
Summary Report & Initial Policy Recommendations from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group
Conference Report (5,766K)

August 2012
Beyond Boundaries in the Andean Region: Bridging the Security/ Development Divide With International Security Assistance
Conference Report (367K)

May 2012
An Assessment of the Nuclear Security Centers of Excellence
Dr. Alan Heyes
Policy Analysis Brief (97K)

December 2011
Conference on the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and Next Generation Nuclear Security
Conference Report (766K)

December 2011
Strengthening WMD Security: A “Whole of Society” Approach
Policy Dialogue Brief (73K)

December 2011
Nuclear and WMD Security and Summit Diplomacy—Leveraging Top-Level Engagement
Policy Dialogue Brief (75K)

October 2011
Strengthening WMD Security: A Whole of Society Approach
Policy Memo (63K)

October 2011
Nuclear and WMD Security and Summit Diplomacy— Leveraging Top-Level Engagement
Policy Memo (61K)

June 2011
Planning for Success at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
William Tobey
Policy Analysis Brief (98K)

May 2011
1540 in Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for Southeast Asia
Togzhan Kassenova
Policy Analysis Brief (132K)

April 2011
Next Generation Nuclear Security: Measuring Progress & Charting the Way Forward
Conference Report (474K)

April 2011
UNSCR 1540: Identity, Extension, and Implementation
Policy Dialogue Brief (74K)

March 2011
Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Bridging the Security/Development Divide With International Security Assistance
Conference Report (327K)

March 2011
UN Security Council Resolution 1540: Identity, Extension, and Implementation
Policy Memo (151K)

January 2011
The Road to Korea 2012: Nuclear Security Summits and Global Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Policy Dialogue Brief (69K)

December 2010
The IAEA and Nuclear Security: Trends and Prospects
Jack Boureston and Andrew K. Semmel
Policy Analysis Brief (119K)

November 2010
Global Lockdown: Moving the Needle on Nuclear Security
Dr. Elizabeth Turpen
Policy Analysis Brief (110K)

November 2010
Creating a 21st-Century Nuclear Material Security Architecture
Kenneth N. Luongo
Policy Analysis Brief (128K)

October 2010
Nuclear Security Summits Crucial for Global Efforts to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
Policy Memo (65K)

September 2010
Beyond Boundaries in the Middle East: Leveraging Nonproliferation Assistance to Address Security/Development Needs with Resolution 1540
Conference Report (349K)

July 2010
WMD, Drugs, and Criminal Gangs in Central America: Leveraging Nonproliferation Assistance to Address Security/Development Needs With UNSCR 1540
Conference Report (224K)

June 2010
The Future Role of the G-8 Global Partnership: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
Bonnie D. Jenkins
Policy Analysis Brief (560K)

May 2010
Next Generation Nuclear Security: Meeting the Global Challenge
Conference Report (465K)

March 2010
Controlling and Securing Nuclear Materials: Multilateral Approaches
Policy Dialogue Brief (87K)

December 2009
Implementing UNSCR 1540: Next Steps Toward Preventing WMD Terrorism
Policy Memo (214K)

December 2009
Controlling and Securing Nuclear Materials: Multilateral Approaches
Policy Memo (53K)

December 2009
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 at the Crossroads: The Challenges of Implementation
Conference Report (285K)

November 2009
Talking about Nuclear Weapons with the Persuadable Middle
Other Publication (296K)

November 2009
Securing Vulnerable Nuclear Materials: Meeting the Global Challenge
Kenneth N. Luongo
Policy Analysis Brief (119K)

June 2009
Achieving Nonproliferation Goals: Moving From Denial to Technology Governance
Elizabeth Turpen
Policy Analysis Brief (94K)

April 2009
Realizing Nuclear Disarmament
UN Issues
Conference Report (117K)

March 2009
The Six-Party Talks and New Opportunities to Strengthen Regional Nonproliferation and Disarmament Efforts
Conference Report (251K)

March 2009
Realizing Nuclear Disarmament
Policy Memo (49K)

February 2009
The Next 100 Project: Leveraging National Security Assistance to Meet Developing World Needs
By Brian Finlay and Elizabeth Turpen
Conference Report (503K)

January 2009
New Understanding of Security Threats Must Drive Rethink of US Nuclear Weapons Policy
Policy Memo (218K)

November 2008
US Nuclear Forces and Conventional Force Alternatives
Other Publication (203K)

November 2008
Evolving Nuclear Realities and US-Russian Relations
Policy Dialogue Brief (81K)

October 2008
Toward an Integrated US Nuclear Weapons Policy: Address US Security in an Interconnected World
US Nuclear Policy Review Project
Conference Report (63K)

October 2008
Strategic Deterrence and US Nuclear Weapons Policy
Policy Dialogue Brief (97K)

September 2008
International Implications for and Levers on US Nuclear Weapons Policy
Policy Dialogue Brief (87K)

August 2008
US Nuclear Weapons, Force Posture, and Infrastructure
Policy Dialogue Brief (85K)

July 2008
A New Look at No First Use
Policy Dialogue Brief (86K)

June 2008
US Nuclear Weapons Policy and Arms Control
Policy Dialogue Brief (71K)

March 2008
Multilateralism as a Dual-Use Technique: Encouraging Nuclear Energy and Avoiding Proliferation
John Thomson and Geoffrey Forden
Policy Analysis Brief (143K)

December 2007
LockDown, CleanOut, FissBan
Policy Dialogue Brief (78K)

November 2007
Overcoming Nuclear Dangers
David Cortright
Policy Analysis Brief (115K)

June 2007
Future Weapons of Mass Destruction
Policy Dialogue Brief (83K)

June 2006
Nuclear Weapons, Energy, and Nonproliferation: Pressures on the Global Community
Conference Report (286K)

April 2006
The US-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for the Nuclear Suppliers Group
Policy Dialogue Brief (96K)

Op-Eds and Articles

August 2017
3-D Printing Capabilities Increase
Marco Fey

August 2017
Security by Design
Anja Kaspersen, senior adviser with the Hastings Center

April 2017
Consider This...

April 2017
Cooperation and Collective Action
Joseph McNamara, Editor, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
International Order at Risk
Keith Porter, President, The Stanley Foundation

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

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

April 2015
The Assault on Pelindaba
Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

October 2014
CONSIDER THIS...

July 2014
Godzilla and Global Governance
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2014
Plutonium Fever Blossoms in Japan
Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith, and Jake Adelstein

March 2014
A Gathering in the City of Peace and Justice
By Ambassador Piet de Klerk

March 2014
Consider This...HEU

March 2014
Saving the World at Plutonium Mountain
David E. Hoffman and Eben Harrell

March 2014
On Pain and Vision
Ambassador Alfredo Labbé

November 2013
Chipping Away at the Iceberg
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

September 2013
An HEU Milestone Means a New Challenge Ahead
by Anya Loukianova

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
A column written for the Fissile Materials Working Group

August 2013
Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister On All Things Nuclear

July 2013
Same Name, New Game
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2013
International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts
Anya Loukianova, The Stanley Foundation

February 2013
Preventing Nuclear Terrorism
Jennifer Smyser, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

February 2013
Four Years From Prague
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and former CIA intelligence officer

February 2013
An Enduring Legacy on Nuclear Security

February 2013
Realizing a World Without Weapons-Usable Nuclear Material
Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

February 2013
Toward a Safe, Secure World

November 2012
Headed to the Morgue?: US-Russian Cooperation on Nuclear Security

October 2012
Securing Nuclear Material Must Continue
Jennifer Smyser, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

March 2012
Beyond Boundaries: WMD Nonproliferation in Africa

January 2012
Drugs, Thugs, and WMD: Shift in Trafficking Routes Threatens Global Security

December 2011
Securing the Material, Eliminating the Threat
Jennifer Smyser, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

December 2011
“Doesn’t Take a Manhattan Project”
—Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

December 2011
The Road to Seoul
Michelle Cann, Research Analyst, Partnership for Global Security

December 2011
A “Whole of Society” Approach
Brian Finlay, Senior Associate, The Stimson Center

August 2011
International Cooperation on Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

May 2011
Save Money, Live Better: Doing More With Fewer Nonproliferation Dollars

April 2011
Progress Made on Nuclear Material Security, But Job Is Not Complete

March 2011
The US Role in Securing Nuclear Material

January 2011
A Radioactive Challenge: Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

January 2011
One Senate Vote Has Broad International Implications

November 2010
Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems Is Still Our Top Priority
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

November 2010
Nuclear Security Summits Crucial to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
Jennifer Smyser, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

November 2010
World Affairs Quiz

November 2010
What It Means to Be a Globally Engaged Citizen

November 2010
Five Ways to Change the World

August 2010
WMD Security, Arms, Drugs, and Criminal Gangs in Central America
Veronica Tessler

July 2010
Setback for WMD Security
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Jennifer Smyser and Alexandra Toma

June 2010
Global Action Is Under Way
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

June 2010
A Catalyst for Action

June 2010
Curbing Proliferation Through Development
Brian Finlay, senior associate of the Henry L. Stimson Center and director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

June 2010
Time to Expand the G-8 Global Partnership

June 2010
Radioactive Challenge

May 2010
Reducing Nuclear Dangers Is a Multi-Level Effort
David Shorr

April 2010
Historic Steps for Nuclear Security
Jennifer Smyser

March 2010
The Path to Nuclear Security
David Shorr

February 2010
Thwarting Future "Underwear" Bombers

February 2010
Controlling nuclear materials must be top priority
The Des Moines Register

Vlad Sambaiew

December 2009
New Chief of IAEA Enters 'Stormy' Times

November 2009
We Must Choose Cooperation Over Fear
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

November 2009
Securing Vulnerable Nuclear Materials

November 2009
Disavowing the Bomb
Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

November 2009
Cooperating to Prevent Catastrophe
Brian Finlay, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center and Director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

November 2009
To Secure Nukes, Tackle Trafficking Networks
Michael Kraig, Senior Fellow, the Stanley Foundation

November 2009
Confronting Twenty-First Century Nuclear Security Realities
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Kenneth N. Luongo

October 2009
Five Ways Obama Can Secure Nuclear Material

October 2009
Nuclear Network Theory
ForeignPolicy.com

Michael Kraig

September 2009
Resolution 1540: At the Crossroads

June 2009
An Interview With Ambassador Jorge Urbina

June 2009
An Interview With Dr. Richard Cupitt

May 2009
Post-Prague Progress on Nuclear Disarmament

April 2009
Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Changing Global Order

February 2009
WMD Controls Could Benefit Developing World

February 2009
Obama Must Tackle Growing Nuclear Risk
The Des Moines Register

Veronica Tessler

December 2008
Time to Reduce America’s Dependence on Nukes
Matt Martin, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

August 2008
US Nuclear Policy Review

August 2008
South Africa’s Nuclear Past, Present, and Future

July 2008
Avoiding an Accidental Nuclear War

July 2008
Engaging Russia
Matt Martin

June 2008
Brazil's Nuclear Policy

June 2008
Matt Martin on Nuclear Nonproliferation

April 2008
International Nuclear Dialogue Concludes in St. Petersburg

April 2008
Developing Security in the Caribbean

March 2008
Prompt Global Strike

February 2008
Stanley Foundation Teams With Russian Policy Organizations for Conference on Nuclear Weapons, Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Energy Issues

December 2007
Libya – What It Means as a Nonproliferation Success

December 2007
It’s Time to Rethink US Nuclear Posture
Matt Martin, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

October 2007
US push for prompt global military strikes pose strategic consequences

October 2007
Growing nuclear stockpiles require new security measures

October 2007
Lessons from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

August 2007
Principled Multilateralism: When Does It Work?

June 2007
Debating Our Nuclear Future
Matthew Martin

June 2007
Further Sorting out Which Nuclear States and Terror Groups Pose the Biggest Threats
Michael Kraig

May 2007
The TSF Bookshelf

May 2007
India/Ukraine: America’s Mixed Message on Nuclear Materials

May 2007
Interview With Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA)

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