NTI Nuclear Security Index


Building a framework for assurance, accountability and action

Challenge

Global leaders meeting had no baseline for assessing the security of weapons-usable nuclear materials or nuclear facilities.

Action

With the Economist Intelligence Unit, NTI created a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking of nuclear security in 176 countries.

Results

The Nuclear Security Index helped shape the agenda for the Nuclear Security Summits and spurs action to enhance security and reduce highly-enriched uranium stocks.

The 2020 NTI Nuclear Security Index website and report are now available here.

Translations of the report are available here.

The NTI Nuclear Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear security conditions on a country-by-country basis in 176 countries. Initially launched in 2012, the NTI Index, prepared with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has sparked international discussions about priorities required to strengthen security and most important, is encouraging governments to provide assurances and take actions to reduce risks.

The NTI Index is recognized as the premier resource and tool for tracking progress on nuclear security.  The 2018 NTI Nuclear Security Index assesses the security of some of the world’s deadliest materials (highly enriched uranium and plutonium that can be used to build nuclear weapons), as well as the security of nuclear facilities, which, if sabotaged, could release dangerous levels of radiation.

The NTI Index ranks countries with one kilogram or  more of weapons-usable nuclear materials across a  broad framework capturing policies, actions, and other conditions that shape their nuclear security. Additional countries with less than one kilogram of weapons-usable nuclear materials or none at all are assessed  across a subset of the framework. This “Theft Ranking”  has been included in every edition of the NTI Index.

In 2016, the NTI Index added a third set of countries in a new “Sabotage Ranking.” An act of sabotage against a nuclear facility could lead to a dangerous radiation release. This assessment reviews the protection of nuclear facilities against sabotage in 44 countries and Taiwan.

The project draws on NTI’s nuclear expertise and the EIU’s experience in constructing indices, and the reach of the EIU’s global network analysts and contributors. NTI—working with an international panel of nuclear security experts and a number of technical advisors—focused on the framework and priorities that define effective nuclear materials security conditions. The EIU was responsible for developing the Excel-based model and gathering the data.

The NTI Index consists of:

  • The print report with NTI findings and recommendations, methodology FAQs, and selected country summaries.
  • A web site at www.ntiindex.org with high-level results in an easily accessible format, including all country summaries.
  • A downloadable version of the NTI Index, available through the website, with complete results and data and extended interactive features, in an Excel format.

This project is led by Laura S. H. Holgate Ambassador (ret.), vice president, Materials Risk Management, with Scott Roecker, senior director, Materials Risk Management, Jack Brosnan, program officer, Materials Risk Management, and Samantha Neakrase, senior director, Materials Risk Management. NTI thanks the funders who have supported this project, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Robertson Foundation, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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The NTI Nuclear Security Index

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The NTI Nuclear Security Index

Assesses countries’ progress on nuclear security, highlights security gaps, and recommends actions for governments to better protect nuclear materials and facilities and build an effective global nuclear security architecture.

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2017


NTI Expert discusses WMD issues with NextGen Group

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NTI Expert discusses WMD issues with NextGen Group

NTI's Michelle Nalabandian joined the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the Egyptian Pugwash Association in Cairo, meeting with young professionals to discuss WMD issues.

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2016


Nuclear Security in the Middle East

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Past Event

Nuclear Security in the Middle East

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1225, Washington, DC, 20005

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2016


NTI Experts Available for 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

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NTI Experts Available for 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

While the three previous Nuclear Security Summits have resulted in much progress to secure the world’s vulnerable nuclear materials, significant security gaps remain.

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2014


NTI Index Report in Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French & Spanish

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NTI Index Report in Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French & Spanish

Download the Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, or Spanish translations of the 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index report’s foreword, executive summary, and select country profiles.

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2014


VIDEO: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

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VIDEO: The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

A new, short video describes three real-world nuclear security breaches and the steps to prevent terrorists from getting a nuclear weapon.

2014


2014


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2013


Gains in Global Nuclear Security

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Gains in Global Nuclear Security

In January 2012, the NTI released their Nuclear Materials Security Index, a first-of-its-kind public assessment of nuclear materials security conditions in 176 countries.

2012


2012


2012


NTI Contributes to Inaugural Publication

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NTI Contributes to Inaugural Publication

NTI contributes an article on the NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index to the inaugural INENS Insights publication, distributed at the NPT PrepCom in May 2012

2012


2012


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2012


2012


NTI Launches Nuclear Materials Security Index

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NTI Launches Nuclear Materials Security Index

The Index examines nuclear security conditions in 176 countries, underscoring that there is no global consensus on steps to secure nuclear materials.

2012


2012


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