The Nuclear Security Summit process—started by President Barack Obama five years ago—must take decisive action to improve global nuclear security. The threat of nuclear terrorism is too clear, present, and dangerous to ignore.
The Stanley Foundation talked to more than a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group (NSGEG) and the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) drawing on their experience to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system.
The world's leaders say nuclear terrorism is the greatest threat we face—with good reason. Even if there is little chance of it, the explosion of one crude nuclear bomb in one major city would change the world forever. Not only could it cause death on a mass scale, but it could also trigger global economic disruption, environmental degradation, and a wider conflict requiring a military response.
There has been a serious effort to scoop up and lock down the worlds nuclear materials since the end of the Cold War. Yet nearly 20 years later, we are far from having all of these radioactive materials secure. And we are at risk of them falling into the wrong hands. Only a global cooperative effort can prevent this.
Radioactive Challenge helps viewers understand the challenge of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials globally through interviews with experts, government officials and a visit to the country of Kazakhstan to examine cooperative nuclear security efforts there. It aims to encourage discussion of the complexities of the worlds greatest security challenge: keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists.
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