Joint report highlights need and opportunities for U.S. and Russian cooperation in nuclear sphere

Although cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation is at a standstill, the two countries have mutual, converging interests on some of today’s most consequential issues.  In a new report, 55 experts from the two countries provide policymakers with a menu of more than 50 projects that advance key objectives for both countries across five thematic areas. The series of projects on nuclear science, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and nuclear environmental remediation were jointly prepared by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Moscow-based Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and their Dialogue on Potential U.S.-Russia Nuclear Cooperation.

“Today, the danger of nuclear terrorism is real, serious, and growing. These dangers compel collaboration between the United States and Russia,” write NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn and former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov in the foreword of the report. “Communication between scientists and technical experts in the U.S. and Russian nuclear complexes—which dates back to the 1980s—has been frozen…. The benefits of cooperation can be significant for the United States and Russia and for the world.”

“Scientific engagement can be the engine for innovation in nuclear cooperation and can provide a basis for rebuilding trust between these two countries,” add NTI Vice President for Material Management and Minimization Andrew Bieniawski and CENESS Director Anton Khlopkov.

The report is available for download in both English and Russian.

About the Nuclear Threat Initiative

The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber. Founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner, NTI is guided by a prestigious, international board of directors. Sam Nunn serves as chief executive officer; Des Browne is vice chairman; and Joan Rohlfing serves as president.

About Center for Energy and Security Studies
The Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) is an independent, non-governmental think-tank established in 2009. Headquartered in Moscow, the main goal of CENESS is to promote independent, unbiased, systematic, and professional analyses related to nuclear nonproliferation and atomic energy with a special emphasis on international cooperation of Russia in these areas. The founding director of the Center is Mr. Anton Khlopkov. 
February 15, 2017

A new report highlights nuclear projects that the United States and Russia can undertake to innovate and rebuild trust.

Sam Nunn
Sam Nunn

Co-Chair, NTI