Amid tectonic shifts in the global nuclear security landscape, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) convened nuclear security leaders from across governments and industry, as well as international, research, and non-governmental organizations, for the sixteenth meeting of the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities. Held in Vienna, Austria from April 12-14, 2023, it was the largest meeting of the Global Dialogue since before the COVID-19 pandemic—a signal of renewed interest and enthusiasm in international nuclear security cooperation at a challenging time. The day before the Dialogue began, NTI hosted the first-ever Emerging Nuclear Security Leaders session.
Global Dialogue meetings bring top leaders together to share best practices and ideas for strengthening nuclear security globally. The meeting in Vienna focused on the most pressing nuclear security issues of the day: how to improve nuclear security resilience in an increasingly uncertain world; whether or not nuclear security conditions are improving or declining; how to translate multilateral nuclear security progress into better implementation on the ground; how diversity, equity, and inclusion can strengthen nuclear security culture; and what issues countries should prioritize at the 2024 International Conference on Nuclear Security.
For the Emerging Nuclear Security Leaders session, NTI invited five emerging leaders from around the world for a discussion on how to use storytelling to transmit important lessons and a “Nuclear Security Braintrust” where leaders presented and received feedback on policy concepts from their peers and select Global Dialogue participants.
After years of meeting in socially distanced or virtual settings, Global Dialogue participants turned out in force for what was a dynamic and engaging meeting. NTI is committed to carrying the momentum forward with more productive and innovative Global Dialogue events in the coming months and years.