Latin America Leadership Network Calls for CTBT Ratification


Buenos Aires -- The members of the NSP's Latin American Leadership Network released a statement calling for the United States, Egypt, Israel, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, India, China and the DPRK (North Korea) to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. They write, "Although the countries that possess nuclear arsenals, with the exception of North Korea, have been observing unilateral, voluntary moratoria on nuclear weapon tests for several years now, the entry into force of the instrument is a longstanding goal of the international community and would constitute a major achievement in promoting nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament." (March 18, 2015) 

New Book: The War That Must Never Be Fought

STANFORD, CA -  In a new book released by Hoover Press and edited by NSP Principal George P. Shultz and James Gooby, authors build on Ronald Reagan's declaration that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought" to address deterrence policy, regional instability, the need for international cooperation and more. The NSP's Isabelle Williams and Steve Andreasen co-wrote a chapter on "The Debate Over Disarmament Within NATO." (March 12, 2015)

Belling the Nuclear Wildcat


CANBERRA - In an op-ed for The Japan Times, Ramesh Thakur references the 'four famous strategic heavyweights of Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, Wiliam Perry and GeorgeShultz" and argues for a nuclear risk-reduction agenda that includes securing nuclear materials, taking weapons off prompt-launch alert, ratifying the CTBT, freezing arsenals and more. The risks posed by nuclear weapons "far outweigh their modest contributions to security since the end of the Cold War," Thakur writes. (February 26, 2015)

What the West Can and Should do for Ukraine


London - In a new opinion piece on how to create long-term security in Ukraine, European Leadership Network (ELN) Director Ian Kearns, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Consultant Steve Andreasen and  former UK Defence Secretary Des Browne, now chair of the ELN and vice chairman of NTI, argue that "what is needed now is a much broader effort to address Ukraine's short term economic crisis, support its political and economic reform, tackle corruption, and reform its police and judiciary." (February 18, 2015) 

Brazilian Nuclear Policy


CANBERRA -  In a new policy brief published jointly by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network and the Centre for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Layla Dawood, Mônica Herz and Victor Coutinho Lage analyze Brazilian perspectives on nuclear governance and desire for access to nuclear technology in the context of lack of progress on disarmament by nuclear-armed states and domestic criticism of non-proliferation obligations. (February 11, 2015)