After years of progress on nuclear security, the fourth edition of the NTI Nuclear Security Index finds that the steps countries have taken to reduce the threat of catastrophic nuclear terrorism are jeopardized by a deterioration of political stability and governance, an increase in corruption, and the expanding presence of terrorist groups around the world. The 2018 NTI Index also finds that many countries remain poorly prepared to defend against rapidly expanding and evolving cyber threats to nuclear facilities.
NTI's Hayley Severance and Michelle Nalabandian joined government officials and experts from around the world in Geneva, Switzerland this week for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) 2018 Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness (MX4).
On July 17th, NTI | bio of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and partners brought together congressional staff across committees to highlight the challenges of detecting and responding to an outbreak caused by a novel pathogen.
The annual Global Incidents and Trafficking Database, produced for NTI by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, identified more than 170 incidents involving nuclear and other radioactive material outside of regulatory control across 14 countries in 2017.
NTI Vice President Corey Hinderstein and other NTI leaders and staff are playing a key role as the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) hosts its 59th annual meeting this week in Baltimore, MD.
Presidents Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet in Helsinki, Finland on Monday,
July 16. Nuclear issues are expected to be on the agenda, and despite controversy over the summit, there is hope that the meeting is the start of a sustained dialogue between the United States and Russia on issues that are in both nations’ security interests. In addition to former Senator Sam Nunn and former Sec. Ernest J. Moniz, NTI has experts available for media covering the summit.
Thanks to a generous new grant of $3.56 million from the Open Philanthropy Project, NTI | bio will create a Global Health Security (GHS) Index to serve as a national-level assessment of all countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to high consequence biological events.