Nuclear Security Summit 2016


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Following three previous successful summits — held in Washington, DC in 2010, Seoul in 2012, and The Hague in 2014 — the final Nuclear Security Summit convened March 30-31, 2016, bringing together heads of state and other high-ranking officials to engage with each other and reinforce their commitment to securing nuclear materials worldwide.

The fourth and final summit made important progress in developing a genuine international regime to prevent nuclear terrorism.In particular, President Obama announced that an important nuclear treaty—an amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM)—would soon enter into force, more than a decade after it was opened for signature. Norway offered a “gift basket” that largely mirrored the recommendations contained in the report authored by Senior Research Fellow Miles A. Pomper and Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Andrew Bieniawski, and the US agreement to eliminate highly enriched uranium in naval submarines reflected the roadmap put forth by Scientist-in-Residence George M. Moore in his report on the subject.  

However, the failure of the summit to fully or in some cases partly tackle some issues, looms larger given the end of the summit process and the high-level political attention it guaranteed. Some cornerstones for a nuclear security regime have been laid, but the next US president and other world leaders will need to finish building the framework for a true nuclear security regime. 

CNS had several experts on the ground, providing commentary, analysis, and resources to news makers and decision makers, prior to and during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. 

CNS Experts in the Media

April 7, 2016: “Сарапшы: Ядролық қаруды таратпау ісіне Қазақстанның қосқан үлесі орасан,” Laura Rockwood interviewed by 24KZ (in Kazakh).

April 7, 2016: “Эксперт: Казахстан играет важную роль в деле ядерного нераспространения,” Laura Rockwood interviewed by 24KZ (in Russian).

April 7, 2016: Miles Pomper interviewed by TRT World.

April 5, 2016: “The Real Reason the US Is Giving Bomb-Grade Uranium to Europe,” Miles Pomper quoted in Wired.

April 4, 2016: “Explainer: Why Nuclear Smuggling Looms Over Washington Summit,” trafficking database cited by RadioFreeEurope.

April 1, 2016: “Nuclear summit addresses pressure from all quarters,” Laura Rockwood interviewed by Australian TV.

April 1, 2016: “Russia Doubles Its Nuclear Warheads,” Miles Pomper quoted in NewsMax.

March 31, 2016: “Nuclear Summit a Test for Obama’s Legacy,” Miles Pomper quoted in Scientific American.

March 31, 2016: “Nuclear terrorism a global threat,” Miles Pomper quoted in The National.

March 29, 2016: “Obama’s Last Chance to Bolster Nuclear Security,” Miles Pomper quoted in Voice of America.


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Experts available for further comment:

William Potter
CNS Founder & Director ⋅ [email protected]

Elena Sokova
Deputy Director ⋅ [email protected]@esokova

Miles Pomper
Senior Fellow [email protected]@MilesPomper

George M. Moore
Scientist-in-Residence/Adjunct Professor ⋅ [email protected] ⋅ @kennmoor

Bryan Lee
Director, Eurasia Nonproliferation Program (ENP) [email protected]@semyorka

Margarita Sevcik
Senior Program Manager, Education Program ⋅ [email protected]

Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress
Scientist-in-Residence ⋅ [email protected]

Chen Kane
Senior Research Associate, Middle East ⋅ [email protected] ⋅ @ACRSME

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