The Nuclear Risk Reduction (NRR) Project, led by Dr. Siegfried Hecker, aims to reduce nuclear risks through outreach to nuclear specialists and to senior government officials in Russia, China, and Pakistan, and, as opportunities permit, personal and Track II diplomacy with nuclear-related officials in North Korea and Iran. The goal of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Project is to make steady progress in reducing today’s greatest nuclear risks and international security challenges. Hecker directs his efforts on nuclear issues in three areas: 1) decreasing the size of nuclear weapons arsenals around the world; 2) stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technologies; and 3) keeping nuclear weapons and materials out of the hands of terrorist and sub-national groups.
Nuclear Risk Reduction—Central Asia
Professor Hecker’s projects in Central Asia, primarily in the countries of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, examine the plans and prospects for civilian nuclear activities in these countries, analyze potential proliferation risks, and develop plans to mitigate these risks. Hecker’s primary current project is to continue his work with Kazakh and Russian nuclear specialists to mitigate the potential proliferation dangers resulting from the legacy of nuclear tests and experiments at the former Soviet Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site in Kazakhstan.