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U.S. Priorities for Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism

| Jan. 14, 2021

For decades, U.S. officials have expressed that reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism is a national security priority. Despite a history of broad bipartisan support, funding for nuclear security programs has steadily declined over the past decade. The United States has taken a back seat with international leadership and cooperation on nuclear security even though adequate security measures are lacking for fissile materials and nuclear terrorism threats continue evolving. International cooperation is necessary to strengthen security around nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons-useable nuclear material, and nuclear faculties where sabotage could pose a significant risk. The Biden administration can take critical steps to ensure states stay ahead of the constantly evolving threat of nuclear terrorism by increasing nuclear security program funding, engaging with countries that face significant risks, and strengthening international treaties around nuclear security.

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For Academic Citation: Roth, Nickolas.“U.S. Priorities for Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism.” Stimson Center, January 14, 2021.

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