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 – India
Professor Siegfried Hecker has worked with nuclear specialists from the Indian nuclear complex to reduce nuclear security risks and to counter nuclear terrorism. Numerous visits to India’s nuclear facilities helped to inform an analysis of the risks in India’s complex. These efforts are currently on hold, but Prof. Hecker expects the cooperation to resume in the next few years. These efforts will complement the nuclear risk reduction efforts in Pakistan.