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Cooperative Nonproliferation

The Cooperative Nonproliferation Program offers innovative, functional approaches to address the most significant threat to international security today: the spread of weapons of mass destruction. It seeks to bridge the gap between traditional "hard" security (proliferation) and "soft" security objectives (capacity-building, global development and public health). We partner with the public and private sector--an under-exploited resource--to achieve mutual security and development objectives. Only by exploring and leveraging all available means to address the growing threat of proliferation can we begin to treat its causes rather than its symptoms READ MORE »

Current Research

CNP: GETTING FURTHER, FASTER » The cooperative nonproliferation programs offer the most cost effective protection against the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Yet these efforts have never been afforded the financial resources or the political support they warrant. Getting Further Faster is our cornerstone effort designed to identify, analyze, and promote remedies to the legislative, regulatory, and attitudinal obstacles to successful implementation of the US-Russia nonproliferation programs. READ MORE »

THE 2010 INITIATIVE: MAXIMIZING RETURN ON NONPROLIFERATION INVESTMENTS » Globalization and the biotechnological revolution have made the diffusion of potentially dangerous knowledge of biological weapons a growing threat. The 2010 Initiative is an innovative model for engaging bioscientists, engineers, and technicians in research of global concern by providing short-term incentives for companies to serve as long-term employers--and partners in international security. READ MORE »

THE NEXT 100 PROJECT: IMPLEMENTING UNSCR 1540 » UN Security Council Resolution 1540 provides an innovative platform to pair states in need with donor capacity to deal with a spectrum of hard and soft security threats. The Next 100 Project aims to apply the tools of cooperative nonproliferation beyond the original seven states to develop scalable, sustainable, and replicable models that pragmatically pair the next 100 states in need of assistance with those states capable of offering it. READ MORE »

THE BIOTEK PROJECT: MANAGING DEADLY PATHOGENS » Advances in biotechnology have fundamentally altered the course of human discovery. But the growth of the biologics industry also presents new opportunities for bioterrorism. The Cooperative Nonproliferation Program works closely with industry to examine the challenges emerging from the misuse of biologics in our country and around the globe. READ MORE »

Primary Resources » The extent and scope of the threats posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and the response to those threats can be confusing to both the general public and experts alike. The CNP Program aims to simplify threat reduction issues through several interactive, web-based resources. The WMD Reference Center is an accessible issue guide, and our Business Map shows that every state in the country has role in stopping proliferation. READ MORE »