Four senior US statesmen with deep national security credentials – former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn – joined together in 2007 to form the Nuclear Security Project (NSP). Built on the ideas the four former Cold Warriors set forth in a groundbreaking series of Wall Street Journal op-eds, the NSP seeks to galvanize global action to reduce nuclear dangers and expand support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world.
The Project links the vision of a world without nuclear weapons with the practical, urgent steps needed to get there. Working with regional leadership networks and partners around the world, the NSP is focused on two key goals:
- Generating global momentum among governments, political leaders and the public to build broad international support for the vision and steps to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons.
- Addressing the tough technical and policy issues involved in taking concrete steps toward building a world without nuclear weapons.
Because progress on nuclear threat reduction requires international consensus and action, the NSP is designed to motivate governments to rethink outdated policies and programs and develop and implement new security policies for a safer world.
To achieve these goals, NSP activities have included high-level conferences; studies that reach government decision-makers and experts; senior-level outreach; and the production of a major documentary, Nuclear Tipping Point, about the principals, their vision and the steps.
The international response to the vision of the four and the work of the NSP has been extraordinary. Since the first op-ed was published: President Barack Obama declared that efforts toward “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” would be official US policy; the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution endorsing the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and called for implementation of many of the steps outlined by the four American statement; similar sets of former officials from 13 countries joined together across political and party lines to support the initiative and spur actions by their own governments toward the goal; former US Secretaries of State and Defense and former White House National Security Advisors from both political parties – from Colin Powell and James Baker to Zbigniew Brzezinski and Madeleine Albright –endorsed the vision and steps agenda.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-partisan, non-profit organization co-chaired by Sam Nunn, serves as coordinator of the NSP, in conjunction with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
For more on the NSP’s work, call 202-296-4810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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