Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar First Recipients of Nuclear Security Award Created in Their Honor

Nuclear Security Award: Sam Nunn and Richard LugarWilliam Potter
August 29, 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am delighted to call to your attention the award bestowed today on U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn for the extraordinary contributions they have made in advancing the cause of nuclear security. The new award, cosponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was presented to Senators Nunn and Lugar in a ceremony at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. The Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security was created in honor of the two senators, and new recipients will be designated every two years. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Endowment are to be congratulated for creating this new and very timely award. It is particularly fitting that Senators Nunn and Lugar are the first recipients of the prize, given their truly pioneering work in reducing nuclear dangers and promoting global security. Their extraordinary leadership in recognizing the major post-Cold War threat to world peace and in conceiving, legislating, and sustaining an unprecedented program to reduce this threat is nothing less than remarkable. They deserve our enduring gratitude for making the world a safer place for future generations.

Congratulations to them for their achievements and on the occasion of their prestigious award.

Bill Potter

William C. Potter
CNS Founding Director
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and
Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies

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