Sam Nunn

Founder and Co-Chair

Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn is co-chair of NTI. He served as chief executive officer of NTI for 16 years, until June 2017, and continues to bring his deep experience and expertise to our projects. He served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia for 24 years, from 1972 to 1996.

In addition to his work with NTI, Nunn has continued his service in the public policy arena as a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and as chairman emeritus of the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Nunn attended Georgia Tech, Emory University and Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1962. After active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He first entered politics as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968.

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees. His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Senator Barry Goldwater, and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provided assistance for more than 20 years to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.


Sam Nunn Discusses US-Russia Relations on Bloomberg TV

Sam Nunn, co-founder and co-chair of NTI and former U.S. Senator from Georgia, spoke with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power,” on January 29, 2019. Sam Nun commented on the state of U.S. relations with Russia.

The best way for our leaders to remember the dead on Armistice Day? Do everything they can to avoid a nuclear war

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, one of the world’s most horrific conflicts. One of the best accounts of how this tragedy began, by the historian Christopher Clark, details how a group of well-meaning European leaders – “The Sleepwalkers” – led their nations into a war with 40 million military and civilian casualties. Today, we face similar risks of mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals, compounded by the potential for the use of nuclear weapons – where millions could be killed in minutes rather than over four years of protracted trench warfare. Do we have the tools to prevent an incident turning into unimaginable catastrophe?

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Sam Nunn

The Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow Program

The Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow Program was established by NTI in 2018 to honor NTI co-founder and Co-chair former Senator Sam Nunn, also NTI’s CEO from 2001-2017, for his significant impact in the field of WMD-related risk reduction. The program brings outstanding talent to NTI on a temporary-term basis to advance NTI’s strategic priorities, provide and gain expertise, and seed new directions in threat reduction.