A report on legal, political, and institutional options to advance international oversight.
VIDEO: William H. Tobey is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
A look at five other states’ weapons milestones, and what they indicate about Kim Jong-un’s progress.
The Nonproliferation Review launched its newest volume: a special, double issue on eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
CNS has experts and broadcast resources available for the media.
The former UN under-secretary-general calls for strengthening the NPT by observing "pacta sunt servanda"—agreements must be kept.
On July 8, 2016, CNS and the US Department of State co-sponsored a workshop on the the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC).
The president should declare that the US won't use nuclear weapons against any target that could be reliably destroyed by conventional means.
A classic disinformation campaign about US nukes reveals a lot about Moscow's military anxieties.
Course on "Nuclear Weapons Policy and Arms Control" is open to US government personnel, fellows, and select foreign embassies.
Students share their research and engage in lively discussions with important funders.
How Soviet genetic engineering aimed to create super-natural bacterial & viral strains for weapons.
By helping countries acquire linear accelerators and train associated personnel, the international community has the opportunity to improve public health and security simultaneously.
A first-of-its-kind project helps authorities track dangerous materials sought by terrorists.
Twenty-nine young diplomats from the region deepen their nonproliferation/disarmament knowledge.
The security situation in Turkey has been deteriorating for some time.
CNS researchers conclude Russia significantly altered photos of downed airliner to evade responsibility.
PODCAST: Nikolai Sokov speaks with CSIS' "Russian Roulette" about European security, Russian foreign policy, and the Middle East.
The UK Parliament is scheduled to vote July 18 on whether to renew its nuclear submarine program.
The CTBT’s future depends on engaged youth and effective nonproliferation education.
The track 1.5 conference brought together government officials and nongovernmental experts from the United States and China in a productive exchange.
VIDEO: Senior Research Fellow Nikolai Sokov explains Russia’s modernization plans and nuclear strategy, and what it means for future US-Russia arms control.
The Czech visit is one of several signs that Iran is sticking to its commitments under the international nuclear deal made last year.
The competitive program furthers the CNS mission: to combat the spread of WMD by educating the next generation of nonproliferation experts.
CNS deputy director recommends taking steps that could trigger sanctions for states that undermine the resolution.
The Republican front-runner isn't the only one stoking fears about Russian missiles. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to nuclear arsenals.
"CTBT@20" addressed the future of the treaty and concrete actions to be taken to obtain its long delayed entry-into-force.
Final report on how emerging Earth observation data could be applied to various treaty verification domains.
The alliance will seek to expand its readiness vis-à-vis Russia and violence from neighboring Iraq and Syria.
The course provides important information and skills for those who may be considering a career in safeguards.
VIDEO: Paul Ingram is executive director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
VIDEO: Major Jennifer Snow talks about emerging disruptive technologies and their impact on society, marketplaces, governance and defense.
Fellows from all over the world worked in an intensive nonproliferation training program specifically tailored to the Visiting Fellows Program.
CNS Director Bill Potter with CNS alumn, Costa Rica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
Has proliferation to new countries reached a plateau? That is how things appear in early 2016 on the basis of publicly available information.
The Former US Secretary of Defense met with students and teachers from Japan, Russia and the US.
VIDEO: Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University, lectures on international security.
Workshop on nuclear security, regimes, policies, challenges and how to address them.
Discussion of NPT Review Council efforts to establish a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.
Barack Obama's nuclear policy and its effectiveness over the course of his administration, through the scope of Hiroshima.
This CNS Issue Brief argues for NPT state parties to take a different approach to the review process.
CNS hosted a high-level US-Russian Dialogue on Nuclear Issues, April 8-9, 2016.
The Critical Issues Forum will bring Japanese, Russian, and US high school students for a nonproliferation conference in Monterey.
On March 24, 2016, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo addressed the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).
Jeffrey Lewis argues that traditional nuclear strategy for Europe is putting us all at risk of apocalyptic terrorism.
New book aims to improve our understanding of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.
Analysis of what the Obama administration has accomplished and what remains to be done in the field of nuclear security.
Seminar with Erik Gartzke, associate professor of Political Science at the University of California at San Diego.
Video seminar with UC Berkley undergraduate Zian Liu, exploring the accessibility, ease of creation and use of biological weapons.
The final Nuclear Security Summit will convene in Washington, March 31, with much at stake.
Report regarding the current status and future use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for naval propulsion.
Article about up-to-date affairs between Russia and the US with consideration given to proxy players in between.
The week-long course in Santiago is part of a strong and growing relationship between the Chilean Foreign Ministry and CNS.
Course will cover urgent current issues such as Iran, North Korea, and the Nuclear Security Summit.
Seminar with Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at LLNL on the future of nuclear weapons in international politics.
The Republican frontrunner has stumbled across the US military’s biggest secret: it has no idea what it’s doing with its nuclear arsenal.
A new study by Miles A. Pomper, Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, and George M. Moore, explores how to both promote cancer therapy in developing countries and prevent radiological terrorism.
Enter and help us find innovative ways to resolve today's most urgent challenges relating to chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.
A review of future considerations in global attitudes to weapons of mass destruction proliferation by non-state actors.
Satellite analysis indicates an imminent test by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Jeffrey Lewis offers a self-dubbed “wildly unpopular plan” to counter Pyongyang’s missile program.
IAEA chief lauds VCDNP's event on Amendment to the CPPNM for helping to address "the most important area of unfinished business in nuclear security."
To many Russians, the future looks “dark and dangerous,” and not very susceptible to further reductions on Russian reliance on nuclear weapons.
Occasional Paper #24: This report identifies challenges and opportunities for the next phase of the ROK-US nuclear partnership.
A one-week tuition-free intensive course in Monterey and paid summer internships at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Earn master’s degrees from both MIIS and MGIMO, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Obama’s presidency has served as an object lesson in the limits of a US president’s ability to shape a global nuclear order amid competing factors, abroad and domestic.
North Korea's peaceful space launch activities do double duty for its military program.
From North Korea to the Middle East, the senior UN official gave an overarching view of the contemporary security environment.
Scientist-in-residence Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress looks at how radionuclide measurements can help determine information about North Korea's January 7 nuclear test.
In an unstable Middle East neighborhood, most people hope for the best and plan for the worst.
With new IAEA report, the Iran Deal’s "Implementation Day” is now underway.
The media show interest as CNS experts analysis of North Korea's missile test video was found to be manipulated and the test itself a failure.
This CNS report explores implications of research in behavioral economics for policies related to nuclear weapons including nonproliferation efforts
The 2015-16 Critical Issues Forum Project started with an online teachers’ workshop.
Joint studies in nonproliferation, terrorism, and international affairs, undertaken in Monterey and Moscow, to begin in 2016.
Young Middle Eastern professionals to work with delegations at the Biological Weapons Convention.
CNS seminar in Cambodia aimed to build nonproliferation awareness and capacity in Southeast Asia.
CNS welcomes Ambassador Robert Mikulak and Carlton Stoiber to our Washington, DC office.
This CNS report analyzes key NATO states’ threat perceptions of Russia, and provides recommendations in advance of the July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw.
Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for analysis and comment.
CNS wishes to congratulate Cary Neiman on being selected as a Distinguished Honoree for the Philanthropy Day 2015.
On November 9-10, 2015, CNS and the Lugar Center held a workshop that was part of a project supported by DTRA.
A new book edited by Jeffrey W. Knopf, MIIS Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies M.A. program chair.
The very real and very scary details of the nuclear drone Russia wants to build—and how the US should respond.
Video of a seminar with Matthew Rojansky on October 21, 2015.
International conference in Kazakhstan demonstrates CNS's “multiplier effect” across generations and regions.
Turkey's burgeoning nuclear capability should not be likened to that of Iran.
Alexei Arbatov on the future of US-Russian relations in the aftermath of Russian military intervention in Syria.
Video of a seminar with Tristan Volpe.
ISIS may be able to manufacture its own mustard gas, continuing a decades-long history of chemical weapons use in the region.
High resolution B-roll footage of North Korean nuclear sites and missiles is available for use by broadcast journalists, policy makers, and analysts.
There's a glaring absence on the Xi-Obama agenda this week: nuclear weapons.
The one-of-a-kind network of arms control experts reviews past projects and looks forward to the future.
CNS offered US government a one-week course on key issues relating to chemical and biological weapons.
A new tutorial uses interactive tools to help researchers understand why nuclear materials are unique and how they can be used to generate power—and peril.
Some NATO members are pushing for a stronger conventional deterrent against Russia, while acknowledging recent measures are steps in the right direction.
Mordechai Vanunu's first TV interview in Hebrew revealed the intensity of Israeli vindictiveness.
The US-South Korea nuclear cooperation agreement has implications for future nonproliferation efforts.
The purpose of the visit was to explore possible collaboration between CNS, Middlebury and Cuba's Higher Institute of International Relations.
CNS is pleased to welcome another bright, exciting group of Visiting Fellows for the Fall 2015 semester.
CNS and MIIS hosted a conversation with Congressman Sam Farr on the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, August 31.
A new round of Russian cruise missile tests are stirring up yet another source of contention between the United States and Russia.
Japan is uniquely positioned to build bridges in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. But will it have the courage to lead?
Closer scrutiny of North Korea’s uranium resources may help arrive at more accurate estimates of their nuclear weapon stockpile and capability.
The 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is a big moment to take stock of where we are, how we've gotten here, and where we're headed.
CNS and the Mexican Foreign Ministry held the 2nd annual Summer School on Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation in Mexico City, July 13-17, 2015.
Video lecture by Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd), Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
CNS Director William Potter facilitated a meeting of the CTBTO Eminent Persons Group in Seoul, South Korea.
Video lecture by Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
We learned five lessons through the "Project 10" course on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
Israel can live with -- and even benefit from-- the Iranian nuclear deal. Can Netanyahu?
CNS's scientist-in-residence discusses the ways the Iran deal closes all possible routes to the bomb.
Occasional Paper #23: CNS researchers offer governments a roadmap to replace high-risk radioactive sources with non-isotopic alternatives.
The deal may not be ideal, but when viewed in historical and hypothetical context, it is incredibly strong.
The Iran deal is merely a first step toward a long-term process of managing the nuclear risks it poses.
Statements by Rose Gottemoeller, US undersecretary of state for arms control & Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty
The P5+1 needs to be assured that even if Iran expels inspectors and enriches enough uranium for a bomb, there is time for a sufficient response to be organized.
Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for comment on a range of aspects pertaining to the final Iran nuclear deal and its implications.
Analysis of images of the Pyongyang Bio-technical Institute reveals North Korea can produce regular, military-sized batches of biological weapons, specifically anthrax.
A self-proclaimed lapsed philosopher offers a liberal's view of effective foreign policy for the twenty-first century.
Regional HEU-free zones would help cement a global norm against civilian HEU use and strengthen nonproliferation and disarmament efforts.
Diplomats examine the outcome of the 2015 Review Conference and its implications for the future of the nonproliferation regime.
A former Soviet facility that once produced fuel for nuclear submarines now has the chance to play a key role in reducing the spread of nuclear weapons.
IAEA Director General delivered the keynote address at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
Congress should commission qualified experts to conduct an impartial review, at classified & unclassified levels, of naval LEU use.
How serious is the threat that Islamic State terrorists could acquire and use a radioactive "dirty" bomb?
Fareed Zakaria's assertion that Saudi Arabia can't build a nuke is simply wrong-- and its not all that hard to demonstrate why.
Kazakhstan hosts a three-day conference to discuss cooperative efforts to secure and eliminate WMDs.
There is something broken about how reporters and pundits are covering the Iran negotiations.
The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is delighted to welcome Laura Rockwood as its new Executive Director.
Despite progress toward improving security for civilian nuclear materials, there is little appetite to open a discussion on developing security guidelines for these dangerous materials and weapons in military programs.
The parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation, particularly in nonproliferation and disarmament areas.
How will the failure of the 2015 NPT Review Conference affect the goal of a Middle East WMD-free zone? A personal and political perspective.
Does China's new MIRV capabilities alter its nuclear posture? And is this in direct response to US missile defense programs? Jeffrey Lewis explains.
Despite progress, risks posed by highly enriched uranium remain. A new joint report from CNS, NTI, and FMWG lays out a roadmap with five pathways to ending civilian and naval HEU use.
Disagreements over the Middle East, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and an international legal prohibition against them prevent NPT state parties from reaching agreement on a final document.
MIIS confers honorary doctorate to UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane.
Video: A lecture by Dr. Charles D. Ferguson.
New research aims to help the region prepare for upcoming WMD proliferation challenges.
A symposium at the NPT Review Conference featured young academicians presenting their fresh ideas for reinvigorating the three pillars of the NPT.
The logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. Time for a reality check on the region’s nuclear capacity.
The CNS Fellows Spring 2015 program draws to a close with six graduates from Bulgaria, Pakistan, Columbia, China, and Yemen.
Occasional Paper #21: Researchers find biotechnology e-commerce has significantly disrupted the effectiveness of export controls.
Video: a roundtable discussion was held on April 9th, 2015 with Jeffrey Knopf moderating.
Join us May 4 at the Bah'a'i UN Center to explore ways to amplify disarmament and nonproliferation education efforts.
CNS will host a panel event during the NPT Review Conference to explore ways toward a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction.
Video lecture with Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress on March 26, 2015
With little notice, Russia is on the verge of becoming the nuclear Wal-Mart of the Middle East.
Miles Pomper comments in Al-Monitor on Syria's decision to repatriate highly enriched uranium to China.
Resources including Action Plan Monitoring report, Briefing Book, factsheet, and analysis.
American and Russian High School Students Joined Japanese Students in Hiroshima for Nuclear Disarmament Conference
Israeli cover stories about the Dimona Complex Reactor dismayed US officials who saw a "clearly apparent lack of candor."
Implementation of the conclusions & recommendations adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference Disarmament - Actions 1-22
Video Lecture with Toby Fenwick on March 24, 2015
Over 130 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the first quarter century of the Center, at a gala reception on March 25, 2015.
The symposium will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City on April 28th, 2015.
Video lecture: Honor thesis seminar by MA candidate, Philippe Mauger.
With the completion of the Iran nuclear deal, CNS experts share their comments and helpful resources.
Critics of the new US-ROK nuclear cooperation agreement overlook the future of Korea's nuclear program and energy security.
Video Lecture with Dr. George Moore on February 25, 2015
CNS hosted the Annecy Workshop in France on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
Analysis of China's nuclear nuclear energy program and potential exports by Stephanie Lieggi and Miles Pomper.
American & Russian high school students to join Japanese students in Hiroshima
Deadline extended to March 19, 2015 for the course and internships.
Video Lecture with Dr. Bruno Tertrais and Dr. Nikolai Sokov on February 24, 2015.
Using Reprocessed Uranium to denature Iran's 5% stockpile of UF6
CNS experts discuss how cross-regional coalitions might influence the 2015 NPT Review Conference.
A new mobile-friendly online tutorial on the risks posed by nuclear and radiological terrorism.
Instructors Jeffrey Lewis and Melissa Hanham focused on technical solutions.
The award, in recognition of his work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation education, is the highest honor conferred on non-Chileans.
Scholars with "Fresh Ideas" on the NPT are invited to submit proposals to a symposium jointly hosted by CNS, the Netherlands, UNODA, and Harvard's Belfer Center.
Featured Speaker: Ambassador Susan Burk, Former Special Representative of the U.S. President for Nuclear Nonproliferation
Nikolai Sokov spells out three ways that nuclear weapons feature in the Ukraine crisis.
Jon Wolfsthal will become the new Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the NSC in December.
Find out what's in play and at stake if an eleventh hour comprehensive nuclear agreement isn't reached next week.
The program will include faculty drawn from researchers affiliated with CNS at MIIS and the PIR Center in Moscow.
CNS partnered with Indonesia to host the sixth informal “Disarmament Dialogue” among like-minded states.
Event: New study recommends action to prevent nuclear smuggling to Iran, North Korea, and other countries seeking nuclear weapons.
Report: New energy policies need to set a good example in terms of safeguards, transparency and restraint.
The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), spoke at the semester-long simulation course.
Dr. Lassina Zerbo's September visit includes an ArmsControlWonk.com podcast recording, available for download.
CNS and VCDNP experts review main issues facing the 2014 IAEA General Conference.
32 diplomats from 22 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the course.
This week’s NATO summit may mark a turning point away from US-Russian arms control and could lead to a renewed emphasis on nuclear weapons.
Learn about Project Alpha of King's College London, countering illicit proliferation-related trade.
Changes to NATO’s defense posture are likely to involve a strengthening of its conventional, rather than nuclear deterrent.
There are insufficient legal and financial incentives to protect high-risk radiological sources from terrorists.
View the Google map of chemical weapon munitions dumped at sea.
Russia has violated the 197 INF Treaty. The US can get them back into compliance.
A writing competition featuring an $8,000 grand prize.
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova is the new IONP Director.
Students have lots of ways to explore all that Monterey and CNS have to offer
CNS reviews a new report on social media and other internet tools for societal verification.
On 19-20 June 2014, VCDNP and CNS held a diplomatic workshop in Baden, Austria.
Congressional testimony highlights future of nuclear energy cooperation and risks of nuclear proliferation
Can Ukraine keep its spotless nuclear rating after having been carved up by Russia?
Israel shows a little leg on how much it spends on nuclear weapons - weapons it does not even admit to having.
CNS Deputy discusses ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, timelines, and possible pitfalls if and when an agreement is reached.
Hans Blix and other experts discuss lessons learned from the IAEA inspections in Iraq in the 1990s.
Some of Iran's past nuclear activities have to be disclosed, but maybe not all.
Recommendations to achieve the goal, a legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit process begun by President Obama.
Satellite images confirm Unity Journal story alleging Myanmar built a chemical weapons facility.
New nuclear cooperation agreement with Vietnam may not be perfect, but it is progress.
The Marshall Islands filed 9 lawsuits against states possessing nuclear weapons.
CNS launches new website to promote nonproliferation expertise and engagement in the Middle East.
DEADLINE MAY 30: Identify how states and companies ensure that dual-use items are not used to produce WMD.
Updates from the NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting, including a Twitter feed and photos.
Four years after the adoption of the NPT Action Plan, progress on nuclear disarmament is disappointing.
Possible implications for the 2014 NPT PrepCom.
Opinion: Nonproliferation & disarmament education for high school students has never been more important.
APRIL 4-5, 2014: CNS brings together students from Japan, Russia & the US to study nuclear Issues.
Next year’s Conference promises to be contentious, with the changing debate on nuclear disarmament taking center stage.
While impediments to a more assertive US role are immense, progress could be achieved with astute and bold leadership.
CNS is creating an online training course as part of a project to raise awareness on CBRN risk mitigation.
MARCH 20-22, 2014: CNS Workshop - Part of the project, "Nuclear Norms and Global Governance."
53 national leaders met in The Hague for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. Are we safer?
MARCH 14-15, 2014: CNS hosted a 2-day diplomatic workshop in Annecy, France.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016: Seminar with Dr. Lewis A. Dunn, Principal with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016: Seminar with Michael Barletta, senior safeguards information analyst at the International Atomic Energy Agency.