$2.8-Million Grant Awarded to Program on Science and Global Security by MacArthur Foundation for Work on Reducing Nuclear Risks

Jul 05 2018
By B. Rose Kelly
Source Woodrow Wilson School

Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security (SGS), based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received a $2.8-million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

The award will support SGS’ work in three main areas: ending production and use of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the key materials in nuclear weapons; reforming nuclear weapons policies and posture to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons and the risk of their use; and advancing new approaches to nuclear arms control and disarmament verification.

“In our work, we hope to create new opportunities to deepen understanding of today’s increasing nuclear dangers and lay the basis for future nuclear policies aimed at arms control, stronger restraints on nuclear weapon use, and faster movement towards disarmament,” said Alexander Glaser and Zia Mian, who co-direct SGS.

Founded in 1974 and previously directed by Frank von Hippel, Harold Feiveson and Christopher Chyba, SGS carries out technical research, policy analysis, education and training to advance nuclear arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. SGS is the home of the peer-reviewed academic journal Science & Global Security and of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, a 17-country network of experts working to advance policies to end production and reduce stockpiles of plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions and influential networks building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. It supports work on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including nuclear risk.