• August 2015

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    European Leadership Network Issues Statement Urging Support for Iran Agreement

    More than 70 high-level European political, diplomatic and military leaders welcomed the Iran agreement as representing “a high-water mark for multilateral diplomacy” and called for its implementation by the U.S. Congress, EU countries and Iran.

    “We believe that this agreement provides a sound framework for ending the crisis over the Iranian nuclear program and a foundation for re-integrating Iran into the international community,” the statement says. “At the same time, the adoption of the document is just a first step in a process which must increase the level of the security of all countries in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.”

    Key signatories include Des Browne (Chair of the ELN, Vice Chairman of NTI, former UK Defense Secretary), George Robertson (former Secretary General of NATO and former UK Defense Secretary), Malcolm Rifkind (former UK Foreign Secretary), Michel Rocard (former French Prime Minister), Igor Yurgens (Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute for Contemporary Development, Russia), Vyacheslav Trubnikov (former Director of Russian Foreign Intelligence), Wolfgang Ischinger (Chairman of the Munich Security Conference), Volker Rϋhe (former German Defence Minister), Japp de Hoop Scheffer (former NATO Secretary General), and Rolf Ekeus (former Director of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq).

    Read the statement.

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  • May 2015

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    Global Leaders Outline Steps for Successful Nuclear NPT Review Conference

    In a statement issued at the outset of the 2015 NPT Review Conference in New York, senior current and former political, military and diplomatic leaders from across five continents call upon NPT members to show a new sense of urgency and responsibility around steps necessary to achieve a positive outcome.

    The statement from the global leadership networks notes that the NPT is an indispensible international treaty that remains the central pillar of a norm-based global nuclear order designed to prevent the spread and use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, the statement cites a lack of progress on a number of fronts, including on ratifying treaties and following through on pledges made at previous review conferences, and warns that failure in New York could seriously undermine the treaty.
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  • February 2015

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    Securing the Euro-Atlantic Community

    Continuing their work to promote the development of a new security architecture for the Euro-Atlantic region, Des Browne, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn released a new op-ed on the eve of the 2015 Munich Security Conference. The op-ed calls for bold leadership to prevent Europe from being split for another generation and for the establishment of a new Euro-Atlantic Security group, mandated at the highest level by presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers, to develop recommendations on Ukraine and Euro-Atlantic security incorporating political, economic and security issues.

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  • November 2014

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    Leadership Networks Meet to Address Nuclear Risks

    Following up on last year's meeting in Singapore, the four leadership networks associated with the Nuclear Security Project (NSP) are gathering in Buenos Aires on Nov. 20-21 to develop cooperative ways to address today's pressing nuclear security concerns, engage policy makers and raise public awareness about the risks posed by nuclear weapons and materials.

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  • September 2014

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    New Book Examines the Future of the Nuclear Enterprise

     In a new book released by The Hoover Institution Press, NSP Principals George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn, along with Hoover Senior Fellow Sidney Drell, examine global efforts to reduce the threats posed by nuclear weapons, nuclear materials and reactors.

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  • July 2014

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    Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks

    In a new series of reports—Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks—the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) outlines new approaches to verification that could prompt near-term progress on security and non-proliferation and enable future progress on arms reduction. The reports, developed with more than 40 policy and technical experts from around the world, call for the international community to fundamentally rethink arms control verification.
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  • June 2014

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    Focus on the Middle East

    Turning its attention to the Middle East, the Nuclear Security Project (NSP) announced the launch of the "Nuclear Forum—Views From the Middle East" by its Jordan-based partner, the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS). ACSIS has launched the Forum to: promote dialogue on nuclear security issues among policymakers, scholars, researchers and the public; expand the network of security experts in the region; and serve as a hub for resources on nuclear issues.
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  • April 2014

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    Op-Ed: Shultz and Nunn on the Crisis in Crimea and the Need for Strategic Thinking

    Writing in The Washington Post on March 27, former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn tackled the difficult question of how the United States and its allies should handle Russia's aggression in Ukraine without reigniting a "full-fledged Cold War psychology."

    The Nuclear Security Project principals made the case for leveraging U.S. and European strengths on energy production, financial markets and representative government and for working to ensure that Ukrainians can "make their own choices about political and economic relations."

    At the same time, the crisis should not end engagement with Russia, nor should it obscure areas of common interest, particularly on national security issues, the statesmen wrote. 
    "Although current circumstances make it difficult, we should not lose sight of areas of common interest where cooperation remains crucial to the security of Russia, Europe and the United States," they wrote. "This includes securing nuclear materials … and preventing catastrophic terrorism, as well as destroying Syrian chemical stockpiles and preventing nuclear proliferation by Iran and others."

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  • November 2013

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    Leadership Networks Gather in Singapore to Address Urgent Nuclear Threats

     More than 30 high-profile global leaders from 20 countries across five continents came together in Singapore on November 19-20 to address nuclear threats ranging from proliferation and weapons build-up across Asia to the need for nuclear force postures that increase warning and decision time for leaders.

    The meeting was the first-ever gathering of the four regional leadership networks that work with the Nuclear Security Project: the Asia Pacific Leadership Network, the European Leadership Network, the Latin American Leadership Network and the newly formed Nuclear Security Leadership Council, which is based in North America.

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  • October 2013

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    Building Mutual Security: Lack of Trust Inhibits Cooperation

    Former Senator Sam Nunn, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and UK parliamentarian Des Browne discussed their report, Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region,  at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund in Brussels on September 12. Read the summary or listen to the podcast.

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  • June 2013

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    Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network Launched

    More than a dozen high-level former government officials, including former foreign and defense ministers, from across Latin America and the Caribbean have formed a new leadership network to promote policies aimed at reducing nuclear risks and advancing efforts towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.
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  • April 2013

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    From Mutual Assured Destruction to Mutual Security

    In a new report – Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region – Former U.K. Secretary of Defense Des Browne, Munich Security Conference chairman and former German Deputy Foreign Minister Wolfgang Ischinger, former Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn call for a comprehensive dialogue between the United States, Europe and Russia as part of a process that includes specific steps to move the region from mutual assured destruction to mutual security.  

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  • March 2013

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    Four Statesmen Call for Bold Action

    Today, George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn called for urgent attention on the nuclear threat and outlined key areas for President Obama and world leaders to address. With the 4th anniversary of President Obama's Prague speech fast approaching in April, this non-partisan call appeared in a new op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal.

    In the piece, the Four call for global effort to "reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world."

    Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn identify several areas requiring urgent consideration:
    • Securing nuclear material to prevent catastrophic nuclear terrorism
    • Changes in the deployment patterns of the two largest nuclear powers to increase decision time for leaders
    • Actions following New START
    • A new verification and transparency initiative
    • A joint enterprise with common objectives to achieve progress on specific steps.

    This is the fifth op-ed published by the Four in the Wall Street Journal since their first piece in January 2007 identifying practical steps toward the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

    Learn more about the Four’s work at

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  • February 2013

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    Nunn & Lugar Honored in Washington and Europe

    President Obama, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, German President Joachim Gauck and organizers of the Munich Security Conference paid tribute to former Senator Sam Nunn and his partner on Cooperative Threat Reduction, former Senator Richard Lugar, at recent events in Washington, D.C., and in Munich.

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  • November 2012

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    New RUSI Paper Outlines Key Steps Needed to Allow Progress Toward Lower Numbers

    In a new paper on nuclear restraint, Less is Better: Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers, RUSI’s Malcolm Chalmers outlines the steps nuclear-armed states must take to allow progress toward lower numbers of weapons. Chalmers and NTI President Joan Rohlfing discussed the paper on Nov. 27 at an event co-hosted by the Nuclear Security Project and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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  • September 2012

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    Asia Pacific Leaders Call for New Focus on Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

    Twenty-five political diplomatic, military and scientific leaders from 14 Asia Pacific countries signed on to a new Asia Pacific Leadership Network statement expressing concern about the loss of momentum in efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. The leaders’ statement also highlighted the need to focus energy and political will on both non-proliferation and disarmament by regional and world political leaders.

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  • July 2012

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    Major New Statements on Nuclear Security and Transparency Issued by Asia-Pacific Leaders

    Members of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) issued major statements on nuclear security and transparency, calling on governments in the region, and worldwide, to strengthen their commitment to nuclear security and take steps to build global confidence and trust.

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  • May 2012

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    European Leaders Challenge NATO to Change Nuclear Status Quo

    More than 40 former European leaders are calling on NATO members, meeting in Chicago this weekend for the 2012 NATO Summit, to take concrete steps toward changing the nuclear status quo. The leaders' statement, released today by the European Leadership Network, acknowledges that "so far, the signs do not look good" for changes based on the results of the DDPR. However, the leaders strongly encourage NATO members to begin work on a strategy to reduce nuclear risks in Europe while strengthening NATO’s ability to respond to today's threats.

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  • April 2012

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    New Book on NSP Principals Hailed as "brilliant, penetrating"

    Award-winning journalist Phillip Taubman’s The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb tells the story of the bipartisan partnership between NSP principals - George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn and Stanford physicist Sidney Drell – and their campaign to reduce the threat posed by nuclear materials and, ultimately, eliminate nuclear weapons altogether.

    Read the April 2012 Newsletter