Magazine article Arms Control Today

New Global Nuclear Security Institute Formed

Magazine article Arms Control Today

New Global Nuclear Security Institute Formed

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On Sept. 29, former Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), the co-chairman of the private Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), announced the creation of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), which would bring together nuclear technicians, security personnel, governments, and international organizations to foster better security practices at nuclear facilities worldwide.

The NTI and the Department of Energy have each committed $3 million to the organization, while the government of Norway has pledged $100,000 to begin to bring personnel from developing countries into the program. The NTI grant comes in large part from funds supplied by a private foundation headed by former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson.

In order to better coordinate its activities with those of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), WINS will be based in Vienna. IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei offered his endorsement of the new organization in a Sept. 29 NTI press release: "As the full support of nuclear operators is key to effective nuclear security, I am confident that establishing a forum to help share and promote best practices amongst them will improve nuclear security." In the same remarks, he also expressed confidence that WINS would "contribute to and complement" the IAEA's work to establish international norms and guidelines for a global nuclear security regime.

The organization will be headed by Roger Howsley, previously the director for security, safeguards and international affairs at British Nuclear Fuels, the now defunct organization that once operated the United Kingdom's nuclear plants. …

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