Existing nonproliferation programs aimed at redirecting former Soviet weapons scientists must be complemented by a new model that is based on the creation of incentives for private companies to employ these scientists. Implementation of the public-private partnership model proposed in this report would establish a mechanism to integrate and serve nonproliferation, economic development, and other broader foreign policy goals. The scientific community in the former Soviet Union represents an underutilized capacity possessing unique capabilities across the sciences. Leveraging this large, well-trained scientific workforce could make these countries important contributors in addressing global challenges ranging from the spread of infectious diseases to the development of innovative energy sources.
The year-long study was led by Brian Finlay and Elizabeth Turpen, both Senior Associates at Stimson, with major contributions by Frederick Kellett, former Executive Vice-President of Byelocorp Scientific, Inc. We trust that this report will be useful for those who are already engaged in nonproliferation endeavors, as well as for those in government and the private sector who are seeking new ways to enhance the impact of their contributions.