Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities


Strengthening the global nuclear security system

Challenge

No effective global system for securing the world’s most dangerous materials.

Action

NTI convened a high-level, international dialogue among government officials, experts, nuclear security practitioners, and other stakeholders to advance key priorities in the Nuclear Security Summit process and beyond and strengthen the global nuclear security system.

Results

NTI’s Global Dialogue developed key elements for a sustainable, comprehensive approach to nuclear materials security; many were officially adopted at the Nuclear Security Summits.

A nuclear blast at the hands of terrorists would be catastrophic, and the consequences would reverberate around the globe. Dangerous nuclear materials – highly enriched uranium and plutonium – are stored in hundreds of sites in 22 countries, and some of these sites are poorly secured.

These materials are not subject to any common international standards or “rules of the road” that all states must follow, and there is currently no way to hold states accountable for lax security. Many states see nuclear security as a purely sovereign responsibility, even though poor security in one state could result in a nuclear attack on the other side of the world. The current patchwork of initiatives, voluntary mechanisms, and institutions is inadequate to the task of confronting the threat of nuclear terrorism and that instead there needed to be a comprehensive, effective global system for securing dangerous weapons-usable nuclear materials.

In order to strengthen the international nuclear security architecture, NTI works with senior government officials from countries around the world, representatives from international organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), leading non-government experts, and nuclear industry professionals in a Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities to explore critical questions: What are the most important steps for effective nuclear security? Where are the gaps? What should be prioritized?

Initially developed to support preparations for the Nuclear Security Summits starting in 2012, NTI has continued to convene the Global Dialogue to support the work of the Nuclear Security Contact Group, continue to develop news ideas to address ongoing challenges, and strengthen the global nuclear security system.

For more on NTI’s recommendations for building a comprehensive, effective global system, see:

Global Dialogue Meeting Details

Global Dialogue meetings are held on a not-for-attribution basis. Individuals and governments are free to use the information attained during the meeting but should not attribute such information to a specific individual or government.

The project is led by NTI Deputy Vice President for Nuclear Material Security Scott Roecker and Jessica Bufford, Program Officer for Nuclear Materials Security, with generous support from the Government of Canada and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

The first three Global Dialogue meetings were held prior to the 2014 Summit. During these meetings, participants reached consensus on the need for a strengthened global nuclear security system and the key elements of that system. The 2014 Summit results reflected growing support at the time for the concepts developed. For further information about these meetings, including papers developed for those meetings and rapporteur’s reports summarizing the meeting results, visit:

In preparation for the final Nuclear Security Summit in 2016, NTI convened three more Global Dialogue meetings. For further information about these of meetings, including papers developed and rapporteur’s reports summarizing the meeting results, visit:

In order to sustain progress made during the Nuclear Security Summits, and to engage cross-sector with government officials and industry experts on a broader range of nuclear, radiological and cyber security issues, NTI reconvened the Global Dialogue meetings in late 2016. For further information about these most recent meetings, visit:

Activity

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Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities Convenes Regional Workshops for Latin America and Africa; Plans Future Workshops to Include Middle East/Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific

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Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities Convenes Regional Workshops for Latin America and Africa; Plans Future Workshops to Include Middle East/Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific

Regional workshops hosted by NTI to discuss national preparations for next year’s first-ever review of the amended CPPNM/A and additional topics of importance in those regions.



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2017



North Korea Tests ICBM: Resources for Journalists

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North Korea Tests ICBM: Resources for Journalists

NTI in partnership with CNS offers critical resources to better understand the capacity, background, and history of the North Korean nuclear program.

2016










Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities: Building an Effective Global Nuclear Security System

Paper

Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities: Building an Effective Global Nuclear Security System

The Nuclear Threat Initiative has convened government officials, experts, representatives from international organizations, and industry leaders since 2012 to define what a truly comprehensive and effective global nuclear security system would look like and has developed related recommendations. This paper is the culmination of this work and lays out a vision for strengthening the global nuclear security system and the steps needed to achieve it, including after the summit process ends.




2015



Nunn, Lugar, Browne to Release New Report

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Nunn, Lugar, Browne to Release New Report

83% of the world’s weapons-usable nuclear materials—PU and HEU is categorized as "military" which falls outside the scope of international nuclear security guidelines.


The Case for Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Zones

Paper

The Case for Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Zones

A call for the creation of regional HEU-Free Zones, whereby countries may not possess or allow for the transfer of HEU within their territory. (CNS)



Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate HEU

News

Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate HEU

A new paper published by NTI, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Fissile Materials Working Group offers timely recommendations for action that countries can pursue ahead of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.


2014


Des Browne Highlights Success of Vienna Humanitarian Impact Conference

News

Des Browne Highlights Success of Vienna Humanitarian Impact Conference

In a speech following the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, NTI Vice Chairman Des Browne calls on all states to join the important discussion on how to reduce and eliminate risks.








Nuclear Security Primer: The Existing System

Paper

Nuclear Security Primer: The Existing System

This primer provides an overview of the key agreements, guidelines, multilateral engagement mechanisms, and implementation services that make up today’s nuclear security system.






2013


Singapore Meeting Postponed

News

Singapore Meeting Postponed

Due to hazardous weather conditions in Singapore, NTI and NSP leaders decided today to postpone the June 25-26 meeting of regional leadership networks.


3rd Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

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3rd Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

This rapporteur's report reflects the discussion of government officials, experts, nuclear security practitioners, and other stakeholders at the third meeting of the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities in May 2013.







New Op-Ed from Shultz, Perry, Kissinger & Nunn

News

New Op-Ed from Shultz, Perry, Kissinger & Nunn

Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn called for urgent attention on the nuclear threat and outlined key areas for President Obama and world leaders to address.


Security Experts Pay Tribute to Nunn & Lugar

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Security Experts Pay Tribute to Nunn & Lugar

Speakers at the Munich Security Conference paid tribute to former Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar on Saturday, February 2 at the Munich Security Conference.

2012






2nd Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

Paper

2nd Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

This rapporteur's report reflects the discussion of 31 government officials, experts, nuclear security practitioners, and other stakeholders at the second meeting of the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities in October 2012.






1st Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

Paper

1st Global Dialogue Rapporteur’s Report

This rapporteur's report reflects the discussion of 35 government officials, experts, and representatives from nuclear industry and international organizations at the first Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities meeting in July 2012.




Hinderstein Appears on The Diane Rehm Show

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Hinderstein Appears on The Diane Rehm Show

NTI Vice President Corey Hinderstein joined Stephen Rademaker, Joe Cirincione, and Yochi Dreazen on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.



NTI Resources for the Nuclear Security Summit

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NTI Resources for the Nuclear Security Summit

NTI staff and partners offer an array of resources including reports, briefs, and testimony on nuclear materials security prior to the Seoul summit.





New Book Chronicles Shultz-Perry-Kissinger-Nunn Initiative

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New Book Chronicles Shultz-Perry-Kissinger-Nunn Initiative

Offering a clear analysis of the danger of nuclear terrorism and how it can be prevented, the book sheds light on the most divisive security issues facing Washington to-date.

2011


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