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 Project- China:
This project’s objective is to enhance U.S.-China scientific cooperation on nuclear security, nonproliferation and countering nuclear terrorism by catalyzing interactions between the U.S. and Chinese scientific nuclear communities. These communities have much to offer to analyze and assess the dangers of nuclear terrorism with a special emphasis on the security and safeguards of nuclear materials, detection of nuclear trafficking and development of improved nuclear forensics. CISAC Visiting Scholar, Larry Brandt, is working with Prof. Hecker to engage the Chinese nuclear specialists in applying systems analysis tools to the challenges of nuclear terrorism in China and the United States. Cooperation between these communities is necessary to help China deal with the proliferation challenges posed by its ambitious plans for expansion of nuclear power. Prof. Hecker also works closely with Chinese nuclear colleagues to assess the proliferation risks in North Korea and Iran.