Media Coverage Archive

  • Aug 20, 2014
    Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON: Acknowledging Pakistan's vital importance to regional stability and US national security interests, former US Senator Richard Lugar has called for sustained American support for the South Asian country's efforts towards economic development and security

  • Aug 07, 2014
    Aug 07, 2014

    Former Senator Richard Lugar discusses whether nuclear nonproliferation cooperation with Russia is possible in the current diplomatic climate—and whether the world is in nuclear danger

  • Aug 05, 2014
    Aug 05, 2014

    Former senator Richard Lugar, one of the original architects of the US-Russia cooperation, predicted the work will now be far more haphazard — "a month-to-month deliberation at this point." He held out hope the cooperation could weather the storm over Ukraine. "I would hope so," Lugar said in an interview, “in terms of Russian security as well as world security.”

  • Jul 31, 2014
    Senator Lugar, Jul 31, 2014

    After former Sen. Richard Lugar left the Navy in 1960, he and his brother needed to find a way to save the family's small machine manufacturing business in Indianapolis from financial failure.The Lugars got a breakthrough when a Mexican company wanted to place a sizable order for machinery used to make cookies and other baked goods. An obscure federal agency, the Export-Import Bank, underwrote the contract, the first of many sales the company made in other countries.

  • Jul 23, 2014
    Jul 23, 2014

    Host John Krull in a one-on-one interview with former Indianapolis Mayor and US Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar discusses what it's like to be out of the Senate after serving for 36 years, the divisiveness in American politics, as well as hostilities on the world stage.

  • Jul 16, 2014
    Jul 16, 2014

    The Export-Import Bank must continue. The Ex-Im Bank helps to create new jobs, expand U.S. exports, and increase tax revenue paid by U.S. firms into the United States Treasury. It even makes a profit for the U.S. Treasury each year.

  • Jun 24, 2014
    Jun 24, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Ind. - In a part of the world where the news over the past several months has been dire bordering on terror and atrocities, the removal of weapons of mass destruction from Syria was hailed by former senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn on Monday.

  • Jun 23, 2014
    Jun 23, 2014

    Russia’s military conquest and economic manipulation in Ukraine has breathed new life into the smoldering transatlantic energy security conversation, marking the most critical chapter in an ongoing saga of price discrimination to European countries punctuated by occasional supply disruptions. Figuring out how to reduce dependency on Russian natural gas supplies naturally takes center stage in the discussion, but the task of enhancing security, affordability, and sustainability of energy involves much more than just supply.

  • Jun 23, 2014
    Jun 23, 2014

    The U.S. role in the removal and eventual destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons is being carried out under the umbrella of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. Specifically, CTR funds were used to equip the Cape Ray vessel for its chemical weapons destruction mission and to operate the Cape Ray for the duration of the mission.“This was made possible by the 20-year history of cooperation that the program built between the United States and Russia on WMD threat reduction. That cooperation has expanded outside of the former Soviet Union and in Syria, we are acting as partners in removing an imminent threat.

  • Jun 02, 2014
    South Bend Tribune, Jun 02, 2014

    Imagine the heightened fear of global disaster if Ukraine, torn by disorder and violence, had nuclear weapons. Well, once it did. In fact, two decades ago, Ukraine had the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world -- right behind the United States and Russia. One of the greatest successes of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program was the negotiated dismantling of Ukraine's nuclear weaponry, all of it.

  • May 21, 2014
    May 21, 2014

    Far from being a competitive disadvantage, uniform mandatory reporting through the Cardin-Lugar Amendment (Section 1504 of Dodd-Frank) will help level the playing field for American companies. With the European Union joining U.S. transparency efforts, thousands of companies around the world, including major predominantly state-owned companies in China and Russia, will begin issuing mandatory disclosures soon.

  • May 20, 2014
    May 20, 2014

    Former Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar addressed the forum about his support for the initiative as well as the importance of biotechnology in reaching global food security goals

  • May 19, 2014
    Monterey Institute of International Studies, May 19, 2014

    Former United States Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana serves on the Board of Advisors of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at MIIS and lent his name to the endowed Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Chair in Nonproliferation Studies at the Institute, currently occupied by CNS Director Dr. William Potter.“Senator Lugar has been a persistent advocate for nuclear nonproliferation throughout his long and distinguished career in public service,” added President Ramaswamy. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to honor him appropriately for his constant support of nonproliferation education at the Monterey Institute.”

  • May 05, 2014
    The Beacon, May 05, 2014

    Sen. Richard Lugar, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Nobel Peace Prize nominee spoke at the 33rd annual Max Rosenn Lecture April 27 at Wilkes University.

  • Apr 29, 2014
    Apr 29, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — Against the backdrop of the powder keg of Ukraine and the potential ramifications for European allies, the problems in the United States seem a little less onerous from the viewpoint of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

  • Apr 25, 2014
    Apr 25, 2014

    In 1986, Congress approved a law (The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act) imposing tough U.S. economic sanctions against South Africa. President Ronald Reagan opposed the measure and vetoed it. But days later, lawmakers overrode his veto. Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar supported the sanctions. He said, "This led the South African government, I believe, to reconsider its policies not immediately but certainly under the dint of the difficult sanctions that were there. And it led to the freedom of Nelson Mandela."

  • Apr 17, 2014
    Apr 17, 2014

    Former Sen. Richard Lugar, now a distinguished professor of Political Science and International Relations at UIndy, had a busy day on campus Tuesday. It included joining in Associate Professor Jyotika Saksena‘s class in International Political Economy and Associate Professor Milind Thakar‘s introductory IR class. In the afternoon, Lugar discussed and fielded student questions on the situation in Ukraine, moderated by Associate Professor of History Ted Frantz.

  • Apr 16, 2014
    Apr 16, 2014

    FRANKFORT — Former Sen. Richard Lugar Monday night offered a glimpse of his life experiences to government, school, utility and business leaders at Mayor Chris McBarnes’ fourth leadership summit in this Clinton County community.

  • Mar 24, 2014
    The Indianapolis Star, Mar 24, 2014

    With Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea this week, The Star turned to international political expert and former longtime U.S. senator, Richard Lugar, to get his diplomatic take on the Ukraine situation.

  • Mar 17, 2014
    Mar 17, 2014

    As the crisis in Ukraine heats up, one former U.S. senator's longstanding warnings about reliance on Russia for energy supplies are gaining ground. European ambassadors recently met in Washington with Richard Lugar, one of America's foremost experts on Russia and Eastern Europe, to hear his insights on the region's current predicament. Program Host Bill Loveless will sit down with Lugar for an extended interview.

  • Mar 16, 2014
    Platts Energy Week, Mar 16, 2014
  • Mar 12, 2014
    German Marshall Fund, Mar 12, 2014
  • Mar 10, 2014
    Mar 10, 2014

    Lugar, 81, and Nunn, 75, were guests of the University of Indianapolis at a public event titled “Diplomacy in a Dangerous World.” Moderator Steve Inskeep, of National Public Radio, deftly guided them through a recounting of the origins of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program.

  • Mar 07, 2014
    Mar 07, 2014

    As the conflict plays out in the Ukraine – and American leaders, particularly those in Lugar’s party, speak out – it has become clear how much we miss Dick Lugar.

  • Mar 07, 2014
    Mar 07, 2014

    To the masses and even Hoosier Republican primary voters, Nunn-Lugar is boring. That’s because the “action” was nuanced and played out in obscure places deep in Siberia and in invisible Soviet cities that only appeared to the masses with the advent of Google Earth. Those attending a talk by Lugar and his Senate partner Sam Nunn — “Diplomacy in a Dangerous World,” moderated by NPR’s Steve Inskeep — Tuesday evening at the University of Indianapolis were able to witness and sense the depth of this achievement.

  • Feb 26, 2014
    The Indianapolis Star, Feb 26, 2014

    Lugar, 81, rejoined his disarmament ally, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., for a talk Tuesday night at the University of Indianapolis. The pair ruminated on international threats past and future with moderator Steve Ins­keep of National Public Radio.

  • Feb 18, 2014
    MSNBC, Feb 18, 2014

    After the Olympics are over, Sochi will again take the world stage hosting the G8 Summit in June. Russia wants to focus on health issues and terrorism, but Syria, Iran and protests in the Ukraine could take over the discussions. Chuck Todd talks to former Sen. Richard Lugar about the topics that could make the G8 more tense for President Putin this time

  • Feb 09, 2014
    Stars and Stripes, Feb 09, 2014

    NAPLES, Italy — When the breakup of the Soviet Union stranded thousands of nuclear warheads in unsecured sites across Russia and the former Soviet republics in 1991, Congress approved a $400 million emergency fund within the Pentagon to help dismantle and protect the loose arms. Two decades later, the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, named for the two senators who pushed the original legislation, remains an active and widely celebrated disarmament and nonproliferation program within the Defense Department.

  • Feb 05, 2014
    The Lugar Center, Feb 05, 2014

    The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program continues to rid the world of dangerous weapons of mass destruction. On Monday, January 3, 2014, the New York Times confirmed that the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, using $45 million from the Nunn-Lugar program, successfully destroyed the final vestiges of Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s arsenal of chemical weapons. The Nunn-Lugar program is also heavily involved in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, and technology pioneered by the Libya operation is now being used on the ground in Syria.

  • Jan 15, 2014
    New Haven Register |, Jan 15, 2014

    NEW HAVEN >> A year removed from the U.S. Senate, Richard Lugar told a Yale crowd Tuesday that political polarization is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future.

  • Dec 14, 2013
    The Hill, Dec 14, 2013

    Lugar recounted Mandela telling lawmakers during a Washington visit that he was profoundly relieved to see action.“Mercifully, the Congress of the United States really was the force that saved me,” Lugar recalled Mandela saying.

  • Dec 12, 2013
    Dec 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON - The world has been blessed with an extended opportunity to celebrate the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela and the country he changed as political prisoner and president. It is hard to believe today, but 27 years ago, the U.S. could have ended up on the wrong side of history had Sen. Dick Lugar not led Republicans - against tremendous pressure from short-sighted conservatives within the Reagan White House – to override President Reagan’s veto of South Africa sanctions.

  • Dec 10, 2013
    The Indianapolis Star, Dec 10, 2013

    By the 1980s, with Mandela languishing in prison, a global movement to isolate the South African regime had become fully mobilized. A major question remained: What would the United States do? Speaking to Marian University’s global studies students just three days after Mandela’s death, former Sen. Richard Lugar shared his unique, inside perspective on the intense struggle to pass the U.S. economic sanctions bill that helped bring apartheid to an end.

  • Dec 03, 2013
    Dec 03, 2013
  • Nov 26, 2013
    Nov 26, 2013

    Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar says the agreement hammered out between the United States and Iran over the weekend will give diplomacy a chance to work, a far better alternative than military strikes launched against the pariah nation by Israel or the U.S. Even so, the former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman said he shared "skepticism" over the actions of Iran.

  • Nov 20, 2013
    The Indianapolis Star, Nov 20, 2013

    WASHINGTON – Bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor on former Sen. Richard Lugar today, President Barack Obama praised the Indiana Republican for making the world safer, and for his decency and commitment to bipartisan problem solving.

  • Nov 20, 2013
    Nov 20, 2013

    INDIANAPOLIS - Just two days before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a ceremony at the White House will honor the 50th anniversary of one of his last executive orders and a Hoosier stalwart will be front and center. Former Senator Richard Lugar will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A statement released by the White House quotes President Barack Obama in calling Lugar an "internationally respected statesman, best known for his bi-partisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons." .

  • Nov 12, 2013
    Indianapolis Business Journal, Nov 12, 2013

    “Few government leaders have made as wide and positive an impact as Richard Lugar has for his home state and nation,” said Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “In fact, ‘Government Leader of a Lifetime’ might well be a more appropriate designation.”

  • Nov 12, 2013
    The Indianapolis Star, Nov 12, 2013

    Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson were honored with top awards Tuesday tonight at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual awards dinner. Lugar, who served six terms in the Senate, was named government leader of the year, and Ferguson was honored as business leader of the year.

  • Nov 12, 2013
    Nov 12, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Here’s how a “Leader of the Year” article normally works: The writer tells the story of the honoree, focusing on why the person is being recognized. Included is a sampling of quotes from others describing the winner’s impact. Without diminishing the accomplishments of any honorees, past or present, the 2013 Government Leader of the Year (who also earned the Chamber’s inaugural honor in 1990) is no typical award winner.

  • Oct 19, 2013
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Oct 19, 2013

    Mark Helmke is still campaigning for former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. Lugar’s ex-aide wrote a letter to the committee in Norway that awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In it, Helmke argues that it was the work of Lugar and former Sen. Sam Nunn that paved the way for the prize winner.

  • Oct 17, 2013
    Oct 17, 2013
  • Oct 15, 2013
    Oct 15, 2013

    Former US Senator Richard Lugar, a Republican from Indiana who still spends time working on global issues of weapons proliferation, food safety and foreign aid, says some fellow GOP members still serving in Congress are failing to grasp the magnitude of the uncertainty created by Congress and the president failing to reach a deal on the debt ceiling or government funding.

  • Oct 08, 2013
    The Indianapolis Star, Oct 08, 2013

    During a debate Tuesday night, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., stressed diplomatic solutions involving other countries with an interest in Syria, rather than U.S. military action, to resolve that country’s civil war.

  • Oct 03, 2013
    Oct 03, 2013

    PODGORICA -- Montenegro is the number one candidate for membership in NATO, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar said as he met with Milo Đukanović, the Montenegrin government announced. Lugar is in Montenegro at the invitation of the U.S.-Montenegro Business Council, and of the main investor in the new project at Zavala in Budva.

  • Sep 25, 2013
    Sep 25, 2013

    Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton are featured speakers during a University of Indianapolis leadership symposium next month. Lugar, the former chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee and a UIndy distinguished professor, and Hamilton, a former U.S. representative and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, kick off the inaugural Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership with a panel discussion on Syria, 6 p.m. Oct. 8.

  • Sep 16, 2013
    Sep 16, 2013

    Lee Hamilton and Richard Lugar were foreign policy leaders during their decades in Congress. Neither gave up his passion - nor his voice - after leaving Capitol Hill. The alleged use of sarin gas by Syria's government against its citizens - and President Barack Obama's threat of U.S. military retaliation - have had Hamilton and Lugar talking and writing a lot lately

  • Sep 14, 2013
    Sep 14, 2013

    In 2012, when Russia pulled out of a programme set up 20 years ago to help the former Soviet Union get rid of weapons of mass destruction, Richard Lugar, who as a senator had been one of the creators of the programme, suggested that the two countries could impose control over Syrian chemical weapons. The Russians buried the idea, arguing that the Syrian government needed no oversight. But it resurfaced last May when Mr Kerry brought it up on a visit to Moscow. It was fleshed out at a one-on-one meeting between Mr Obama and Mr Putin at the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

  • Sep 13, 2013
    Sep 13, 2013

    Former Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, a leading advocate for disarmament, credits Obama for calling for the military strike which he said may have pressured Syria and its ally, Russia, to seek a deal. Lugar called for a similar proposal last August in Moscow, arguing that Russia and the U.S. ought to cooperate in an effort to contain a chemical weapons arsenal that he believes poses a threat to the region and both countries.

  • Sep 13, 2013
    Sep 13, 2013

    Richard Lugar, president of The Lugar Center, proposed the U.S. and Russia to get rid of Syria's weapons last year.