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New International Nuclear Security Forum (INSF) to Unite Groups & Experts to Reduce Nuclear Terrorism Risk

Counts 70+ Organizations Around the World As Founding Members

Amb. Laura Holgate to Chair Advisory Board

Washington, DC – Today, the Stimson Center announced the launch of the International Nuclear Security Forum (INSF), a new project that unites a diverse group of international experts to identify, create, and support strategies for reducing nuclear terrorism risks.

Learn more: https://www.stimson.org/project/insf/

The Forum aims to be the leading space for the nuclear security community to collaborate and share expertise, educate stakeholders, support international nuclear security implementation and architecture, promote information sharing, and foster international leadership. It builds on the achievements of the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), the preeminent civil society coalition that supported policies to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism until earlier this year.

The effort is led by Nickolas Roth, Director of the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program. The Advisory Board is chaired by Laura Holgate, Ambassador (ret.), Vice President for Materials Risk Management at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. (Full Forum Board list). The 70+ Forum members represent a prominent and diverse cross-section of the nuclear security community, including the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Third Way; Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London; Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Full membership list). 

Laura Holgate, Chair of the Advisory Board, said “After years of progress strengthening nuclear security, momentum is slowing. Security at nuclear facilities is a global challenge, requiring leadership and cooperation from policymakers, international institutions, operators, and civil society. The International Nuclear Security Forum will play an essential role in that effort, uniting a diverse international community behind these essential shared goals.”

Nickolas Roth, Director of the Forum, said “With more than 70 organizations already on board, it is clear there are many important opportunities for research, collaboration, cooperation, education, and leadership in nuclear security. We can harness this energy to create stronger and more sustainable security at nuclear facilities around the world.”

David Solimini, Stimson Center Director of Strategic Communications, said “The Stimson Center has a 30-year legacy of leadership in reducing the risks posed by nuclear technology, from arms control and nonproliferation to modern approaches to safeguards and security. We are proud to be counted among the Forum’s members and for our nuclear security team to lead it.”

ABOUT THE STIMSON NUCLEAR SECURITY PROGRAM

An act of nuclear terrorism anywhere in the world would be a global humanitarian, economic, and political catastrophe. The Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program develops and advances innovative policies to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism. We accomplish this goal through interdisciplinary research to help operators and policymakers strengthen security implementation at nuclear and radiological facilities and by fostering and revitalizing international nuclear security leadership amongst policymakers and non-governmental organizations.

ABOUT THE STIMSON CENTER

For three decades, Stimson has been a leading voice on urgent global issues. Founded in the twilight years of the Cold War, the Stimson Center pioneered practical new steps toward stability and security in an uncertain world. Today, as changes in power and technology usher in a challenging new era, Stimson is at the forefront: Engaging new voices, generating innovative ideas and analysis, and building solutions to promote international security, prosperity, and justice.

The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement and policy innovation. Read more at www.stimson.org.

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