Nuclear Chessboard: 2012
The Commonwealth Club of California hosted former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Defense Secretary William Perry and Senator Nunn for a discussion of international security, nuclear threats, Iran’s drive to build a bomb, the North Korean nuclear weapons program and future prospects for limiting the spread of nuclear materials and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.
New Partner in TurkeyThe Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)
is an independent think tank based in Istanbul, Turkey. As a partner of the NSP, EDAM will convene meetings and produce policy papers and briefs on Turkish perspectives relating to nuclear policy and nuclear threat reduction. EDAM will also launch a Turkish language web site dedicated to nuclear issues.
Asia Pacific Leadership Network Inaugural Statement
Over 30 political, diplomatic, and military leaders from 14 Asia Pacific states signed on to the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament’s inaugural statement in support of a nuclear weapons-free world. The statement acknowledges the crucial role of policymakers in the Asia Pacific region in achieving the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. The statement’s signatories, including five former prime ministers and 10 former foreign and defense ministers, warn against stalled momentum and call for policymakers to “get serious” about nuclear risks.
Small Nuclear Forces: Five Perspectives
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a Nuclear Security Project partner, released a new report, "Small Nuclear Forces: Five Perspectives," which focuses on nuclear restraint and stability at low numbers. Authors from the United Kingdom, China, France, India, and Pakistan examine factors that have led these countries to maintain a posture of minimum deterrence. They also explore prospects for future multilateral arms reduction, an essential step proposed by NSP principals George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn in their January 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Indonesia Ratifies the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
On December 6, Indonesia ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the treaty one step closer to entry into force. Ratification by the eight remaining Annex 2 states is required to bring the treaty into force. Full implementation of the CTBT is one of the original steps proposed by NSP principals George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry, and Sam Nunn in their January 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed.