Nuclear Policy

To build a safer world that avoids the use of nuclear weapons, the Stanley Center works with diverse stakeholders to develop governance solutions that take advantage of beneficial new technologies—and mitigate their potential risks.

We envision a world where the global community effectively limits the spread and avoids the further use of nuclear weapons.

This vision depends on an efficient and effective constellation of institutions, rules, regimes, and norms. While these approaches remain vital, we must acknowledge that nuclear governance stakeholders today face new, significant challenges as technology development accelerates.

Global efforts to stay apprised of and responsive to the implications of emerging technologies are essential. We must also look for opportunities to take advantage of disruptive technologies. And we must seek to understand and account for potential risks.

How We Work

Though technology change is rapid, institutional and governance change often happens at a much more modest pace. At the Stanley Center, we work with governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to help close the gaps between the pace of technology development and the speed at which stakeholders can respond. In doing so, we aim to build a world where disruptive technology, through intelligent and thoughtful application in nuclear governance, allows for a safer, more peaceful world.

Key Strategies

Developing an understanding of risks

In order to effectively mitigate potential risks, stakeholders must anticipate and respond to technology change. We help expedite this by facilitating discussions, producing analyses, and developing stakeholder awareness of the potential vulnerabilities created by additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

Discovering innovative applications

Disruptive technologies can be leveraged to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of governance approaches. We facilitate efforts within and across sectors to identify and advance novel applications of disruptive technologies—such as distributed ledger technology and the internet of things—to address global nuclear challenges.

Bolstering work by international institutions

International institutions and organizations face constraints in how well they can monitor and assess the risks and opportunities posed by emerging technologies. We ensure their efforts remain effective and efficient by facilitating policy discussions and developing stakeholder capacities.

Bringing stakeholders together

Addressing the implications of technology change will require governance solutions that involve more than just countries and international organizations. We advance new solutions and approaches by bringing together stakeholders from the private sector, research institutions, and civil society.

Accelerator Initiative

At the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, we believe that diverse perspectives create better solutions. With the Accelerator Initiative, we are applying that value to our nuclear policy work by creating career development opportunities for early-career women working in nuclear policy, international security, or technology policy.

Applications for the 2020 Accelerator Initiative are open until December 13, 2019.

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Questions about our work? Interested in collaborating?

Contact a member of our team working to avoid the use of nuclear weapons.

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In addition to our efforts to drive policy progress, the Stanley Center creates media trainings and forums, facilitates investigative reporting fellowships, and regularly invites journalists to share their unique perspectives in policy conversations. Learn more about how to get involved.

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