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-Russia:
This project focuses on resurrecting U.S.-Russia cooperation on nuclear security and counterterrorism. Much progress has been made in the past 20 years to improve the security of nuclear materials and facilities in Russia through U.S. – Russian scientific cooperation, but this job is never done. Unfortunately the cooperative efforts to address these problems in the Russian complex had been dramatically curtailed by the Russian government during the past decade and now have been terminated because of the breakdown in relations between Washington and Moscow. Current efforts are focused on completing a book, jointly authored by Prof. Hecker and Russian colleagues that will demonstrate the enormous benefit to both sides of nuclear scientific cooperation in areas of weapon safety and security, as well as nonproliferation and countering nuclear terrorism over the past 20 years.