Nuclear Security Project

Working toward a world without nuclear weapons

Challenge

Political leaders and citizens view nuclear threat reduction and nuclear disarmament as implausible or impossible goals.

Action

Four senior US statesmen with deep national security credentials – former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn – joined together in 2007 to form the Nuclear Security Project (NSP).

Results

Leaders from around the world, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, President Barack Obama, and the United Nations Security Council, have endorsed the vision and steps laid out by the Nuclear Security Project.

In 2007 former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn joined together to form the Nuclear Security Project - a major effort to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world.

Building on ideas set forward in a series of Wall Street Journal op-eds, by Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn, the Project links the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons with urgent steps that can be taken immediately to reduce nuclear dangers.

Recognizing that progress requires international consensus and action, the Project is designed to motivate governments to rethink policies, change direction and act on the steps that will reduce the risk of a nuclear weapon being used anywhere on the globe. To achieve these goals, NSP activities have included high-level conferences; studies that reach government decision-makers and experts; speaking engagements by the four principals; and the production of a major documentary about the principals, their vision and the steps.

 Over two thirds of living former U.S. Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense and national security advisors endorsed the initiative. Articles and opinion pieces by other senior statesmen from around the world and across party lines turned the call of the American four into a global dialogue. The four NSP principals also inspired the creation of networks of regional leaders around the globe working to generate momentum for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons and the risks they pose in their regions. 

The Nuclear Threat Initiative serves as coordinator of the NSP, in cooperation with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Read the groundbreaking Wall Street Journal op-ed series co-authored by the four NSP principals laying out their vision for a world without nuclear weapons and outlining urgent ...

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Principals

Four senior U.S. statesmen with deep national security credentials – former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary o...

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Vision and Steps to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

In their series of Wall Street Journal op-eds, the four NSP principals endorsed ten immediate practical steps to reduce nuclear dangers.

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Latest Activity

Command and Control

The E Street Cinema 555 11th St NW Washington, DC
The Nuclear Threat Initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and PBS American Experience Films co-hosted a special preview screening of “Command and Control.”

Nuclear Policy Talks forum with Dr. William J. Perry

The George Washington University - Lehman Auditorium 800 22nd St, NW, Washington, DC
Please join the Nuclear Threat Initiative and The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs at a Nuclear Policy Talks forum with William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense and NTI Board Member, for a discussion based on his new memoir, “My Journey at the Nuclear Brink”

EVENT: Secretary Perry on His Journey at the Nuclear Brink

On Wednesday, December 2, NTI and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs' Nuclear Policy Talks program will co-host an event celebrating the release of former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry's memoir.

The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas

1st Floor Conference Room, 1777 F Street NW, Washington, D.C
A week before the pope's trip to the United States, this event will consider the moral and policy implications of major new initiatives by Pope Francis and the Holy See on nuclear proliferation and disarmament.

Event with Sen. Sam Nunn: The Pope and the Bomb

A week before the pope's trip to the United States, this event--moderated by E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and featuring Sam Nunn, Bishop Oscar Cantú and Prof. Maryann Cusimano Love--considered the moral and policy implications of major new initiatives by Pope Francis and the Holy See on nuclear proliferation and disarmament.

Teleconference: Decoding the Iran Agreement

NTI President Joan Rohlfing will participate in a teleconference hosted by NTI and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Iran agreement and what it means for verification and monitoring.

Catholic Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence

NTI Vice Chairman will join Vatican representatives and Catholic scholars to discuss evolving Catholic approaches to nuclear proliferation and disarmament on the margins of the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Timed to coincide with the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, this event will address developments in Catholic approaches to nuclear proliferation and disarmament, including major recent statements issued by the Holy See.

Urgency of Action on the CTBT

Trusteeship Council, UN Headquarters, New York
What concrete actions can be taken to facilitate the entry into force of the Treaty nearly 20 years after its opening for signature? This CTBT side event at the NPT Review Conference will answer this question

Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security

Washington DC
At the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, the Nunn-Lugar Award was presented by Carnegie Corporation to NTI Board Members Des Brown and Igor Ivanov.

Education Module Introduces Students to Nuclear Materials Security

A new education module for undergraduate and graduate college courses includes an introduction to nuclear materials security, a lecture outline and slides. The lesson plan includes a Model Nuclear Security Summit to develop students’ perspectives on nuclear materials security

Cuban Missile Crisis Twitter Q&A

NTI President Joan Rohlfing @NTI_WMD will host a Twitter Q&A on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and today's nuclear threats. Join in by tagging questions and comments with #MissileCrisis.

The Nuclear Chessboard 2012

George Shultz, Bill Perry and Sam Nunn discuss the nuclear threats we face today at the Commonwealth Club of California.

New Book Chronicles Shultz-Perry-Kissinger-Nunn Initiative

Award-winning journalist Philip Taubman tells the intimate story of five men—George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, and Stanford physicist Sidney Drell—and their campaign to reduce the threat of a nuclear attack and, ultimately, eliminate nuclear weapons altogether.

NTI 10th Anniversary Event

Washington, DC
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 4th, 2011 with an awards dinner that honored leaders from around the globe who have made significant contributions to reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Senator Nunn at Chautauqua Institution

Watch C-SPAN video of a speech by former Senator Sam Nunn who spoke on nuclear proliferation, terrorism and steps to make the world safer. He addressed NEW START, nuclear weapons security and the need for international cooperation.

Nuclear Tipping Point Washington, DC

The Newseum, Washington, DC
Sam Nunn, Ted Turner, and the NTI Board of Directors hosted a reception, film screening and dinner for key policy makers and members of the nuclear security community in Washington, DC on May 11, 2010.

Nuclear Tipping Point at the White House

The White House, Washington, DC
Nuclear Tipping Point, a documentary film on today's global nuclear dangers, was screened at the White House on April 6, 2010.

Nuclear Tipping Point Premiere

Los Angeles, CA
The world premiere of Nuclear Tipping Point was held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 27. It was co-hosted by George Shultz, William Perry, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in conjunction with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and held at Universal Studios. The evening's events began with a reception and screening of the film which were followed by a panel discussion and dinner. The panel featured four co-hosts and was moderated by New York Times reporter and best selling author Philip Taubman.

Lowy Institute for International Policy, PIR Center and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt to Work in Partnership with NTI's Nuclear Security Project

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) announced that it will work together with the Lowy Institute in Australia, PIR Center in Russia and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt in Germany to advance international dialogue and understanding about reversing reliance on nuclear weapons globally, preventing their proliferation and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world.

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Hoover Institution

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