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—The U.S.-Pakistan Nuclear Working Group
The U.S. – Pakistan Nuclear Working Group (NWG), part of the broader Stanford University U.S. – Pakistan Dialogue organized by Secretary William Perry and Secretary George Shultz, convenes U.S. and Pakistani nuclear experts in Track 1.5 dialogue to discuss ways of improving U.S. – Pakistan cooperation on nuclear security with the goal of reducing the risks of nuclear confrontation in South Asia and nuclear terrorism globally. The NWG is focused on improving nuclear security and reducing nuclear risks in Pakistan, including both the risk of a potential nuclear confrontation with India and the loss of nuclear weapons or materials to a terrorist group or non-state actors. The project also examines the role of nuclear power in Pakistan and the prospects of international collaboration.