Latin American Leaders Call for Attention to Nuclear Risks
Today, political and diplomatic leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean launched a new network promoting nonproliferation and concrete actions leading to a world without nuclear weapons. Members of the Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network (LALN) endorsed a set of priorities, underscoring the region’s role in the global effort to reduce nuclear risks. Read the press release.
Bill Perry at the Nuclear Brink
In a new paper, titled, "My Personal Journey at the Nuclear Brink," former U.S. Secretary of Defense and NSP principal Bill Perry recounts six pivotal life experiences that led him to the belief that nuclear weapons must be eliminated. "When citizens understand the dangers of nuclear weapons today, the great majority of them will call for actions to reduce those dangers," he writes. "But since these dangers are not understood by most of our citizens, the needed actions are not being taken, and we are drifting towards a nuclear nightmare."
Perry and Carter: Keep Focus on Nuclear Dangers
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter highlighted nuclear risks and warned against slipping backward on the nuclear threat reduction agenda. Speaking about nuclear security, Carter told Bay Area women leaders, "You can never ever take your eye off this because it's the single most consequential security problem we face as humankind."
PIR Center Trains Professors and Researchers
The PIR Center invited university professors and research institute staff from Russia and the former Soviet states to learn more about and discuss key events and trends in nonproliferation, arms control, peaceful nuclear energy and nuclear security, global Internet governance, and global information security with leading experts in the field.
Taking Stock of Nuclear Commitments
Ramesh Thakur highlights a new report from Australia National University called "Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play” in a Japan Times op-ed. The report assesses the progress made through 2012 on more than 200 commitments and recommendations of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, the 2010 and 2012 Nuclear Security Summits, and the 2009 ICNND report, noting that commitments on disarmament are falling through the cracks.