William Potter’s Statement on Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

May 9, 2012

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Senator Richard Lugar lost the Indiana Republican Party’s Senate primary. Senator Lugar has been a long-time member of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) International Advisory Board and a friend and trusted counselor for CNS over many years.

His visionary work to address the dangers posed by the dissolution of the Soviet Union and his tireless work to protect American security are a credit to him, to the Senate, and to the United States. Few public servants have achieved as much for American security and, indeed, the cause of world peace. By leading the efforts to secure and eliminate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and delivery systems in former Soviet states, Senator Lugar has made the world a safer place.

He transcended partisan politics and time and again demonstrated what it means to be a public servant of the highest caliber. America will sorely miss his leadership in the Senate, but we count on his readiness to continue to share his wisdom and passion for making the United States—and the world—more secure for many years to come.

William C. Potter
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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