New Video on What Inspires NTI Staff, the Vatican’s Conference on Disarmament, Model UN, and More.

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November 16, 2017 Video: What Inspires NTI Staff to Tackle Nuclear Issues

Curious about what motivates those who tackle modern-day nuclear policy issues? In a new video, we asked our staff what led them to careers in the field and their current work at NTI, why more people should get involved with nuclear issues, and how people outside of the field can contribute. Recalling the time he read John Hersey's Hiroshima in college, NTI Program Officer Leon Ratz explains that he was inspired because “this is pretty much hell on earth, and we've got to make sure that we never let such a thing ever happen again.” Research Fellow Alex Bednarek encouraged viewers to “elect people that you believe will do the best in this area,” and Rachel Staley Grant, NTI’s Public Education Director, laid out a vision of a world free of nuclear threats, noting that “with cooperation and dialogue, I think we can get there.” WATCH THE VIDEO NTI Supports Vatican Conference on Disarmament As part of NTI’s public education mission and commitment to the vision and steps toward a world without nuclear weapons, we provided support for the Vatican’s symposium on a nuclear-weapons-free world last week. Faith organizations see nuclear weapons policy through a moral and ethical prism, and NTI has helped highlight this important perspective. Pope Francis addressed the conference, emphasizing the “catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices,” adding that “if we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned.” Daniel Rosenberg, a Georgetown University student who attended the conference, wrote about it for Atomic Pulse. READ MORE New 3D Video Highlights Developments at Iranian Space Launch Center The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) has produced a new 3D video highlighting developments at Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center, including renovations of the launch pads and construction of a new launch complex, which will allow Iran to test even larger space launch vehicles. Trends analyzed by CNS indicate that Iran is focused on its peaceful space launch capability, and that the Iran nuclear agreement may have helped redirect the focus of the country’s missile program from developing longer-range missiles to expanding shorter-range conventional capabilities. READ MORE NTI Exhibits at National Model United Nations DC Conference Students simulating the work of the United Nations at Washington, DC’s National Model UN conference earlier this month put their diplomatic roles on pause to visit NTI’s booth, where they learned about our helpful research tools for understanding countries’ positions on nuclear policy issues. Such tools include NTI’s country profiles, a library of WMD treaties, reports on key issues, and more. Students using Snapchat also had access to a special NTI Snap filter throughout the weekend. To find our Model UN research tools and other educational resources, READ MORE

Help Build a Safer World

Every day, NTI works to protect our lives, livelihoods, environment, and quality of life from the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and disruption, now and for future generations. More NTI News

- NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest Moniz recently appeared on BBC’s HardTalk for a conversation about the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate change agreement, and the risk of a nuclear weapon being used. Watch the interview here. - As the Senate held a hearing this week about the president’s authority to launch nuclear weapons, William J. Perry, NTI board member emeritus, was interviewed by POLITICO about launch protocol and his experience with false alarms as U.S. Secretary of Defense. - The contributions of NTI Co-Chair Sam Nunn to nuclear non-proliferation efforts after the Cold War were highlighted in a new book by Roland McElroy, a staff member of Nunn’s when he was a senator. Read more about the book, The Best President the Nation Never Had: A Memoir of Working with Sam Nunn, here. - How have US-Russia relations changed since last year’s presidential election? In a new article for the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), NTI board member Igor Ivanov argues that although tensions have risen, cooperation in some areas is essential, as “the issues of nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and prevention of nuclear terrorism primarily fall on the shoulders of the two powers.” News from Our Global Leadership Networks

- The European Leadership Network (ELN) is hiring a Research Fellow who will be responsible for contributing to the ELN’s policy impact, research and events agenda. Apply here. - Carlo Trezza, coordinator of the Italian Group of the ELN, wrote about the Vatican’s recent conference on disarmament. (Article is in Italian, with English translation available through Google Chrome) - What is the future of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty? Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), explores whether it is worth saving and/or possible to save in a new article for the ELN.​


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