Across the world, there are stockpiles of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that should be consolidated, secured, accounted for and destroyed. The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation works to strengthen an international nuclear non-proliferation regime based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), secure and reduce all vulnerable nuclear weapons-usable material throughout the world, and halt the spread of materials and weapons of mass destruction to state and non-state actors.
These weapons or materials could fall into the hands of terrorists or be illicitly sold to other countries, groups, or individuals. A number of non‑proliferation programs, including the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, have helped countries dismantle weapons, disband nuclear programs and safeguard remaining weapons and materials. However, in recent years, funding for these programs has declined. The Biden administration can and should work to reverse this trend of reduced funding for U.S. nuclear non-proliferation programs.
Recent Analysis on Non-Proliferation
- Breaking down the jargon: nuclear programs, uranium and plutonium September 1, 2021
- Op-ed: What’s Iran’s nuclear deal? August 31, 2021
- Iran’s Nuclear Deal Works August 26, 2021
- Fact Sheet: The Civilian and Military Characteristics of Plutonium August 26, 2021
- Fact Sheet: Uranium Enrichment: For Peace or for Weapons August 26, 2021
- Fact Sheet: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle August 26, 2021
- Op-ed: How Iran’s research reactors prove the nuclear deal is still working August 11, 2021
- Fact Sheet: Disposal of Weapons-Grade Plutonium: Current Plans and Controversy March 26, 2021
- The Iran Deal: Then and Now March 10, 2021
- ‘Sea change:’ Advanced reactors spur look at recycling waste June 9, 2020