Nuclear Weapons as a Source of Poverty and Inequality

Buenos Aires, Argentina - In an op-ed, LALN's Irma Arguello suggests that the recent meeting in Rome between President Obama and Pope Francis could foreshadow new opportunities for peace-building around the world. Arguello makes the connection between peace and  and poverty, noting that "armed conflicts and the arms race are responsible for much of the poverty and inequality that exists globally," and  she writes that the Pope may inspire the U.S. president and other leaders to take new steps toward global security. (March 27, 2014)

Asia-Pacific Network Releases Report, Stressing Need for US Leadership

Canberra, Australia – “Advancing Nuclear Disarmament: The U.S. Role” is the latest in a series of Policy Briefs published by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). The piece, released in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, discusses prospects for U.S. leadership in the evolving landscape of nuclear disarmament and stresses the need for changes in the approach to relations with Russia. (March 2014)

Global Nuclear Security System Should Cover All Materials, Partners Warn

London, England – In a recent op-ed, five former high-level defense officials highlight their concern that 85 percent of weapons-usable nuclear materials exists outside international mechanisms for oversight. These members of the European Leadership Network (ELN) point out the lack of an international system for monitoring the security of these stockpiles and urge world leaders at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to build an effective nuclear security system that covers all materials, including those under military control. (March 21, 2014)

NSP Co-Director Joan Rohlfing Calls for a Global System

Washington, DC – In a new Project Syndicate op-ed, NTI President and NSP Co-Director Joan Rohlfing calls for leaders at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to establish a global nuclear security system. Rohlfing offers four key principles to underpin such a system and believes that an agreement on these principles and the commitment to a global system for securing all weapons-usable nuclear materials, including those for military purposes, would be a paramount achievement for the Nuclear Security Summit process. (March 19, 2014)

IPCS Organizes Workshops on Indian Perspectives to Nuclear Security Issues

New Delhi, India – The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) arranged two workshops in February and March to discuss Indian perspectives on nuclear security issues. One of the results of these exercises is the recent release of a compilation of articles, entitled “Nuclear Security Summit: Prescriptions and Perspectives,” that analyzes commitments and responsibilities towards nuclear materials security and the Summit process in particular from the perspective of South Asian States, and makes concomitant policy prescriptions.