NTI Remembers Senator Richard Lugar

An extraordinary public servant. A visionary leader. A statesman. A friend.

Nuclear Threat Initiative Co-Chairs Ernest J. Moniz, Sam Nunn, and Ted Turner are remembering former Senator Richard Lugar, a founding member of NTI’s Board of Directors, as a committed advocate for global security and a model for effective leadership.

“Dick Lugar was an exceptional public servant who will be remembered for his leadership, his integrity, and his critical work to strengthen U.S. and global security,” CEO Moniz said in a statement Sunday after learning of Lugar’s passing.

Nunn, whose Senate partnership with Lugar resulted in groundbreaking legislation to secure and dismantle thousands of weapons of mass destruction left vulnerable after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, called Lugar “a wonderful friend and trusted partner.”

Ted Turner praised Lugar for a dedication to bipartisanship that “came from a spirit of civility and decency.”

Lugar was dedicated to NTI’s mission and deeply involved in NTI’s work since its founding. Most recently, he worked with Nunn and others at NTI on developing a path forward for denuclearization in North Korea. Last year, Lugar and Nunn penned an op-ed for The Washington Post titled, “What to do if the talks with North Korea succeed.”

In 2015, Lugar co-chaired NTI’s high-level Military Materials Security Study Group, which included military and national security officials from China, France, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and made recommendations for governments to tighten controls around nuclear materials classified as “military.” 

Following Lugar’s last campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Nunn hailed him as “one of the world’s most effective and tireless champions for reducing the threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. There is no doubt the world is a safer place thanks to Dick Lugar.”


April 29, 2019

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