We are at a critical crossroads for preventing nuclear terrorism. After years of progress strengthening nuclear security, momentum is slowing. Ensuring strong security at nuclear facilities is a global challenge, requiring leadership and cooperation from policymakers, international institutions, operators, and civil society.
To meet this challenge, the International Nuclear Security Forum provides a space for a diverse group of international experts to identify, create, and support strategies for reducing nuclear terrorism risks.
By working with the nuclear security community to build stronger bridges between international experts, the INSF will provide timely information to members, and focus on strengthening stakeholder knowledge and capacity.
An act of nuclear terrorism anywhere in the world would be a global humanitarian, economic, and political catastrophe and would undermine the role of nuclear technology for energy, medical, industrial, and other purposes. The most effective strategy for preventing nuclear terrorism is to ensure strong and sustainable security for all nuclear and radiological materials and nuclear facilities, whether associated with energy, research, weapons, or any other purpose. To support this goal the International Nuclear Security Forum seeks to build stronger bridges among international nuclear security experts, provide timely information to members, and focus on strengthening stakeholder knowledge and capacity. In doing so, International Nuclear Security Forum members,
Recognize the successes of previous multilateral, national, and civil society initiatives to strengthen nuclear security;
Affirm that despite these successes, progress on nuclear security has slowed, and therefore strengthening nuclear security must remain an important international priority for global security, and that progress toward that end can be facilitated by international and interdisciplinary cooperation;
Determine to serve as a hub for strengthening expertise and sharing experience for Forum members;
Welcome diversity in perspective, experience, and thought to address increasingly interconnected global nuclear terrorist and other threats, and identifying opportunities for strengthening security; and
Support strengthening the global nuclear security architecture, sharing non-sensitive nuclear security information to build global confidence, implementing measurable nuclear security best practices and standards, and creating sustainable multilateral mechanisms that support continuous nuclear security progress.
Recognizing the urgency and necessity of sustaining and growing the nuclear security community, the International Nuclear Security Forum supports efforts that will:
- Elevate expert and political attention to the challenges of preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism, and the contributions of nuclear security to the sustainability of peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
- Foster innovative and creative approaches to problem solving and analysis to reinvigorate international attention and support for stronger nuclear security.
- Enhance equity and inclusion in the community by actively incorporating diversity of perspectives in order to improve the quality and credibility of our nuclear security policy initiatives.
- Cultivate the next generation nuclear security community through active educational outreach and mentorship.
- Encourage leadership by engaging policymakers, international institutions, operators, and civil society in constructive dialogue on nuclear security-related threats and opportunities to address the danger.
As members of the International Nuclear Security Forum, we endorse the preceding principles and values that will help to foster a “whole-of-community” approach to strengthening nuclear security world-wide.
International Nuclear Security Forum, Advisory Board
Irma Arguello, Founder and Chair, NPS Global Foundation
Dr. Matthew Bunn, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University
Professor Christopher Hobbs, Co-Director Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Laura Holgate, Ambassador (ret.), Vice President of Materials Risk Management, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Jackie Kempfer, Senior Policy Advisor, Third Way
Miles Pomper, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (Chair)
Nickolas Roth, Program Director, Stimson Center
Andrew Semmel, Chairman, Board of Directors, Partnership for a Secure America
Dr. Benn Tannenbaum, George Washington University
Paul Walker, Director, Security & Sustainability, Green Cross International
Research & Resources
Nuclear Security in Review, 2020
A threat to confront: far-right extremists and nuclear terrorism
U.S. Priorities for Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates, December 2020
New International Nuclear Security Forum (INSF) to Unite Groups & Experts to Reduce Nuclear Terrorism Risk
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates Roundup, November 2020
Nuclear Security News and Member Updates Roundup, October 2020
Nuclear Security News Roundup, September 2020
The International Nuclear Security Forum builds upon the incredible work of the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), which was the preeminent civil society coalition supporting policies to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism. Central to its successes was the FMWG’s engagement with a broad array of international stakeholders.
Sam Hickey, Term Member, Research Analyst, Council for a Livable World and Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Professor Christopher Hobbs, Board Member, Co-Director Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Jackie Kempfer, Board Member, Senior Policy Advisor, Third Way