CISSM work on nuclear energy and nonproliferation receives MacArthur support

January 15, 2018

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded CISSM a new grant to examine how to minimize the risks of proliferation, terrorist access to fissile material, and use of nuclear or radiological weapons that are emerging from the expansion of nuclear energy capacity and exports from East Asia.

The two-year, $400,000 award builds off of recent MacArthur-funded work by CISSM to examine how the development of specific nuclear energy technologies could increase the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation globally and to develop alternative approaches to mitigate this risk.

“By focusing on nuclear energy developments in East Asia, and particularly on the potential for technological cooperation to ameliorate nuclear risks, CISSM is in a position to contribute both to ongoing policy debates about strengthening nonproliferation in the region and also to advance scholarly research on how best to encourage the adoption and adherence to nonproliferation norms and practices,” says Jonas Siegel, CISSM Associate Director. 

The MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private foundations, has been a consistent supporter of CISSM’s work to develop innovative, cooperative approaches to a range of international security challenges.