The Last Nuclear Security Summit: What it is, What to Expect, and What’s Next
On March 15, 2016, retired Senator Richard Lugar spoke during a bipartisan off-the-record luncheon co-hosted by the Arms Control Association and The Lugar Center for members of Congress to discuss the upcoming fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. from March 31-April 1. Representatives Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) joined the discussion along with other congressional colleagues to discuss these important issues.
Some questions posed to the speakers to begin the discussion included: What has the Nuclear Security Summit process accomplished? What can be expected at the fourth and final summit? What are some steps Congress might take to ensure a continued high-level, bipartisan U.S. commitment to nuclear security and address current and emerging nuclear security challenges?
In addition to Senator Lugar, speakers included:
- Joan Rohlfing, President, Nuclear Threat Initiative;
- Kenneth C. Brill, former U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and founding director of the National Counterproliferation Center; and
- Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association, moderator.
Below are some resources for further discussion:
- “The Nuclear Security Summit: Accomplishments of the Process,” by Michelle Cann, Kelsey Davenport, and Jenna Parker, Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security, March 2016
- “NTI Nuclear Security Index, Theft and Sabotage: Building a Framework for Assurance, Accountability, and Action. Third Edition,” Nuclear Threat Initiative, January 2016.
- “Bridging the Military Nuclear Materials Gap,“ NTI Military Materials Security Study Group, co-chairs Des Browne, Richard Lugar, and Sam Nunn, Nuclear Threat Initiative, November 2015.
Source: Arms Control Association