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Celebrating 20 Years of the Nunn-Lugar Program

Dec. 3, 2012

The National Defense University hosts a symposium on Monday, December 3rd, for government officials, Congressional representatives and experts to mark the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.  Called "one of the most prescient pieces of legislation ever enacted” by The Wall Street Journal, the Nunn-Lugar Program was designed to safeguard and dismantle WMDs and their delivery systems in the former Soviet states. 

President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address and note "the extraordinary progress that's been made in securing nuclear material, and thank Senators Nunn and Lugar for their longstanding leadership on these issues," according to a White House statement. Parts of the symposium, including the Presidential address will be carried live on www.pentagonchannel.mil.

Twenty years after the legislation was enacted, the Nunn-Lugar Program is an engine of expertise and cooperation, applied around the world to reduce the risks posed by nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

See resources on the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program:

The Nunn-Lugar Vision: 20 Years of Reducing Global Dangers (PDF)
This brochure tells the story of the Nunn-Lugar program and features quotes about the program from President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, among others.

Nunn-Lugar 20 Years Later
A C-SPAN recording of a National Journal Live policy luncheon, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar authorizing legislation.  The event featured a conversation between National Journal's James Kitfield and Senators Nunn and Lugar.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Nunn-Lugar page

Nunn-Lugar Scorecard, Office of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar

Statement from former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn on the Nunn-Lugar Program, 10/10/12

Statement by Senator Lugar on the Nunn-Lugar Program, 10/10/12

Editorial on the Nunn-Lugar Program in The Washington Post

"The End of Nunn-Lugar?" by David Hoffman in Foreign Policy

PBS interviews with senior officials and experts on the early days of Nunn-Lugar

"The Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security: Continuing Andrew Carnegie’s Quest for Global Peace," a speech by Senator Nunn

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The National Defense University hosts a conference honoring the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Program, with remarks from senior officials, a conversation with Senators Nunn and Lugar and a speech by President Obama.

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