2014 Nuclear Security Summit Resources

On March 24-25, world leaders will gather to address the threat of nuclear terrorism, which President Obama has called "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security."

The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit is being held at a time of both progress and peril in the international effort to secure the materials that could be used to build a nuclear bomb. Since 2012, seven countries have removed all or most of these dangerous materials from their territories, bringing the number of countries now storing weapons-usable materials down to 25.

Despite this progress, there is much work to be done. Terrorist organizations continue to seek weapons of mass destruction, materials are still stored at hundreds of sites with varying levels of security, and the International Atomic Energy Agency each year receives reports of more than one hundred incidents of theft and other unauthorized activity involving nuclear and radiological material.

NTI offers extensive resources and experts on nuclear security and the summit.  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook, review the materials below, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date. 

Members of the press can contact us to reach experts in Washington, DC and in The Hague during the summit.

Provided below are resources covering the following:

Nuclear Security Basics

The Nuclear Threat

NTI's Take on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

Progress & Challenges in Securing Materials

The 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index & Recommendations

  • The 2014 NTI  Index – A unique public assessment of nuclear materials security conditions in 176 countries developed with the Economist Intelligence Unit to assess the security of nuclear materials around the world and to encourage governments to take actions and provide assurances about the security of the world’s deadliest materials. Excerpts available in Russian, Arabic, French and Chinese.
  • NTI  Index Country Profiles – See176 country profiles with information about strengths and weaknesses on steps taken to improve nuclear materials security. 
  • Recommendations for Individual States – From reducing or eliminating materials to strengthening physical security measures, all states have a shared responsibility to prevent weapons-usable nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands.
  • Recommendations for the International Community – States should work cooperatively to build an effective nuclear security system with international standards and best practices that covers all weapons-usable nuclear materials and holds states accountable to each other.

In-Depth Resources

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