President Obama, then and now

Washington, D.C - In dealing with the Islamic State, President Obama should apply lessons learned from his mixed record on nuclear security, writes Steve Andreasen, consultant to NTI and the NSP, in a new op-ed. Obama should stay personally engaged, coordinate policy at every level from the White House and National Security Council, put someone in charge with access to key government departments, keep Congress apprised and hold everyone accountable. The case can be made that Obama has failed to execute a clear strategy on nuclear policy, Andreasen writes, and he must avoid the same trap in exercising military power overseas. (October 26, 2014)

Is a New Cold War Inevitable? Central European Views on Rebuilding Trust in the Euro-Atlantic Region


Warsaw, Poland - In a new report edited by Lukasz Kulesa of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, experts from Poland, the Czech Republic and Latvia argue that the current crisis between Russia and the West has deep roots and is based on fundamental differences in values and interests. The authors press for new efforts to "prevent further disintigration of the European security system" and allow for realistic steps toward a strengthed European security system. (October 22, 2014)

Ebola Demands Efficient Global Response


Buenos Aires, Argentina - In a new op-ed, Latin American Leadership Network founder Irma Arguello notes that the tragic Ebola outbreak in West Africa poses a serious threat to international security and calls on the international community to step up cooperative efforts to control the outbreak. Countries should offer more support through the United Nations to help stop the outbreak from spreading first in the affected countries and then elsewhere. (October 22, 2014)

NTI Co-Sponsors Dialogue on Euro-Atlantic Security in Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria - To address the crisis in Ukraine and enage a new generation of analysts and problem-solvers, the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the European Leadership Network, joined by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Munich Security Conference and the Russian International Affairs Council, formed a younger generation Track II task force to focus on Euro-Atlantic security. The first meeting was held in Sofia and included participants from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Europe. The effort is an outcome of the Building Mutual Security project. (October 20, 2014) 

A Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone and the Pursuit of Cooperative Security in the Arctic


Canberra, Australia - In a new policy brief published jointly by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network and the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Ernie Regehr argues that changing climatic conditions in the Arctic have brought regional security concerns into renewed focus as confrontations elsewhere impact relationships there. However, the region continues to develop as a "security community" with expectations that states will settle disputes peacefully. (October 14, 2014)