The global nuclear security enterprise is at a critical crossroads. While the worldwide use of nuclear and radioactive materials has grown, the issue of nuclear security has all but faded from the U.S. national conversation.
The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit brought to a close President Obama’s high-level initiative to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism and secure weapons-usable nuclear materials. The commitments that states undertook during the 2010-2016 summits represent significant advances, but effective nuclear security requires continuous improvement to address gaps and new threats.
This interactive mapping project report illustrates and explores the role that several key multilateral initiatives play in bolstering the NPT by securing existing materials and blocking proliferation.
The third Arms Control Association Report Card, which measures the performance of 11 key states in 10 universally-recognized nuclear-related categories, shows that further action is required to meet existing disarmament and nonproliferation goals.
The third report of the Deep Cuts Commission contains fifteen key recommendations and a number of additional measures to help to address the most acute security concerns in Europe and increase U.S.-Russian nuclear transparency and predictability.