New Wall Street Journal Op-ed by US Gang of Four

(R-L) Sam Nunn George Shultz, Henry Kissinger and Bill Perry

(R-L) Sam Nunn George Shultz, Henry Kissinger and Bill Perry

Today the Wall Street Journal published a new op-ed by George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn in which they argue that nuclear dangers remain all too real and that “the pace of work doesn’t now match the urgency of the threat.”

Today’s joint op-ed is the fifth since their seminal article of January 2007 which renergised the international momentum for further multilateral disarmament, non-proliferation and improved nuclear security. The 2007 article inspired several other “Gangs” of senior statemen to make similar calls in their respective countries. This included United Kingdom with the TLG members Douglas Hurd (former Conservative Foreign Secretary), Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP (former Conservative Foreign and Defence Secretary), George Robertson, (former Labour Defence Secretary and NATO secretary-general), and David Owen (former Labour Foreign Secretary and current Liberal Democrat peer) publishing a letter to the Times in June 2008.

The formation of the Top Level Group was inspired by the example of former Secretaries Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Senator Nunn. The TLG commends their dedication to reducing the world’s nuclear dangers.

To read the Wall Street Journal article in full, please visit to the Nuclear Threat Initiative website at http://www.nti.org.

UK to provide $3.5 million in threat reduction

The United Kingdom last week pledged $3.5 million towards three reduction operations in three nations. Funding will be directed to the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, which is managed by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Assistance from the UK would fund radiological material security training in Afghanistan, improvements in protections around radiological substances in Belarus, and radiological and nuclear protection efforts in Uzbekistan.

Most importantly, the funding aims to assist gradual switching from foreign reactors that use highly enriched uranium to ones that run on lower enriched fuel, which is not suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

The NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington commented:

We welcome the U.K.’s longstanding and generous partnership with the NNSA’s nuclear non-proliferation programs. This contribution underscores the cooperation between our two countries to strengthen global efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world, prevent nuclear smuggling and keep dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and proliferators.

The UK has now provided in excess of $26 million to NNSA programs like these.

Read full article here.

Article Published on Europe’s Role in Addressing Nuclear Dangers

Des Browne, Ian Kearns

Last week, TLG Convenor, Lord Browne of Ladyton and Dr. Ian Kearns jointly published an article in “Strategic Europe”, a Carnegie Europe Series publication, entitled “Europe Needs to Shoulder More Responsibility for Addressing Nuclear Dangers”.

To read the article please click here.