The Importance of Bilateral U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation During Times of Political Turbulence
Today in Moscow, NTI and the Moscow-based Center
for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) launched a new
joint report on the future of U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation.
The report includes 51 recommendations for mutually beneficial cooperation
across five thematic areas: nuclear science, nuclear energy, nuclear safety,
nuclear security, and nuclear environmental remediation. If implemented, these
projects could result in safer nuclear reactors, stronger defenses against
nuclear and radiological terrorism, and cleaner approaches to nuclear
Among its top recommendations, the report
concludes that “nuclear cooperation should not be held hostage to
oscillations in U.S.-Russian political relations.” As the world’s two
largest nuclear powers, the United States and Russia share a special
responsibility for engagement on nuclear issues.
This has no doubt been yet another
turbulent week for U.S.-Russian relations – but this makes it all the more
important that the United States and Russia remain engaged on nuclear issues.
Doing so will ensure that we manage serious nuclear risks and find solutions to
pressing global challenges, including those posed by nuclear proliferation,
nuclear terrorism, and climate change.
This report provides a roadmap for such
bilateral engagement, rooted in the principle of mutual benefit. As NTI
Co-Chairman Senator Sam Nunn and
NTI Board Member and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov
wrote in the Foreword to the report, “Moving forward with projects such as
those proposed in the report would allow the United States and Russia to begin
to rebuild the trust critical to putting bilateral relations back on
The report serves as the culmination of an
18-month dialogue sponsored by NTI and CENESS between more than 50 U.S.
and Russian nuclear experts.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest on nuclear and biological threats.
There is a bright future for nuclear power, but not with the most dangerous of materials
For nuclear power to be a problem solver rather than a problem maker, the international community must push for a smart brand of nuclear power that prioritizes safety and security.
What is the A/CPPNM and Why is it Important?
This week in Vienna, experts from the Nuclear Threat Initiative are joining government officials and experts from international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the nuclear industry for the first-ever review of the only legally binding treaty on nuclear security—the amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (A/CPPNM).
What happened at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and what are the implications?
Nickolas Roth, senior director for NTI’s Nuclear Materials Security program, explains what happened at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant that terrifying night, what could have happened, and what the long-term implications are for nuclear security and nonproliferation efforts around the world.