Nuclear Weapons

The Stanley Center works with diverse stakeholders to preserve, adapt, and re-envision policy solutions that help states prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

We advance risk reduction solutions to help states prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

Unless states work to establish, renew, and reinvent habits of cooperation and restraint, the world could face nuclear crises that are more frequent, faster-paced, and even less manageable.

The danger of nuclear weapons is more salient today than it has been in a generation.  Security and political relationships among potential nuclear adversaries are worsening. Many of the treaties, institutions, and cooperative arrangements that helped keep the nuclear threat at bay have atrophied, lapsed, or been dismantled. The challenges are growing more complex as states develop and apply emerging technologies in ways that intensify risks to international peace and security.

The Stanley Center works to advance practical solutions to reduce those risks. We approach this work with a strong belief in the value of cooperative security and stakeholder inclusion.

How We Work

Any use of nuclear weapons would make a secure and enduring peace impossible. Since our inception in 1956, we have worked to promote nuclear disarmament and advance policies that help prevent the use of nuclear weapons. We carry forward that work today with the belief that stakeholders of all types must be part of governance efforts in a rapidly changing world. 

Our work brings together experts at all levels—from national governments, international governance institutions, non-governmental organizations, research and academia, and the private sector—to identify, generate, develop, and advance innovative approaches to reducing nuclear risks.

Key Strategies

Strengthening and elevating existing risk reduction measures

Risk reduction has a history of success over the last sixty years. We help build on the promise of those existing measures by seeking ways to enhance them, strengthen constituencies for them, and encourage their consideration by new stakeholders and in regional contexts.

Adapting and developing risk reduction approaches

Today’s political and technological environments demand creative approaches to risk reduction. To help states succeed in preventing the use of nuclear weapons, we advocate for risk reduction measures that can operate in a multipolar world, account for nonstate actors, and keep pace with technology development.

Expanding the scope of stakeholder involvement in risk reduction measures

To meet today’s challenges, risk reduction solutions will need to involve more stakeholders in their design, implementation, and monitoring. To increase confidence in and support for these measures, we look to include more stakeholders in the process of risk reduction—through technical and political cooperation and by involving stakeholders from non-nuclear weapons states and civil society.

Recent / Upcoming Events

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November 1-3, 2022 | Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Adventures

September 26-28, 2022 | Nuclear Weapons

Emerging Technologies and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

September 20-21, 2022 | Nuclear Weapons

2022 Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy Focal Points Retreat
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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 work on nuclear weapons policy by creating career development opportunities for early-career women working in nuclear, international security, or technology policy.

Our 2020 cohort of Accelerators are exploring cutting-edge ideas at the frontier of their fields. Read more about their pursuits as part of the Accelerator Initiative.

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In addition to our efforts to drive policy progress, the Stanley Center creates media trainings and forums, facilitates 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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