Yuri Kokov, Russia’s Deputy Security Council Secretary, expressed concern over terrorist efforts to access WMD materials. In Ufa, Kokov highlighted “continued attempts to get access to data about the manufacturing of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons” by terrorist groups, focusing on terrorist tactics.
In remarks sent to the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), President Putin said, “It is important that despite a difficult global situation, members of the Initiative continue to cooperate as partners in a constructive manner, based on a mutual understanding of issues related to the threat of nuclear terrorism.” The GICNT was created […]
By John A. Gilbert, Member, Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Security The recent attempted assassination of a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter in Salisbury, England, is a dramatic demonstration that it is now time for the international community to deal seriously with the lingering threat of chemical weapons (CW). This attack […]
The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 dismantled a highly centralized multi-national government, leaving behind 15 newly independent states, an economy in chaotic transition, and an enormous nuclear weapons complex. The sudden meltdown of the military structures that had managed the Soviet nuclear arsenal for decades left destructive weapons, technologies, and materials exposed and […]
Senator Richard Lugar represented the state of Indiana from 1977-2013. Along with Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), he authored the legislation that established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in 1991. He currently serves as the president of The Lugar Center, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. [This interview has been edited for length and clarity.] Nukes […]