Nuclear Threat Initiative

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The following is taken from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) web pages:


The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) was founded in January 2001 as a result of concerns expressed to former Senator Sam Nunn in the spring of 2000 by CNN founder R. E. Ted Turner that "the threat from nuclear weapons had fallen off most people's radar screens after the end of the Cold War."

Turner asked Nunn's assistance in assessing "whether a private organization could make a difference." NTI is "supported by a pledge from Mr. Turner and other private contributions." NTI has obligated more than $37 million in program awards and grants.


"NTI's mission is to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. NTI seeks to raise public awareness, serve as a catalyst for new thinking and take direct action to reduce these threats. In addition to Mr. Turner and Senator Nunn, NTI is guided by an experienced, international Board of Directors who share a common goal of taking action to reduce the gap between the global threats and the global response. The foundation's activities are directed by Senator Nunn and managed by President Charles B. Curtis."

The NTI web site is intended to provide public access to and create global awareness of the "facts about these threats" and to extend the debate "beyond a small circle of experts and policy-makers so that closing the gap between the threat and the response becomes a global priority."

Program Areas

Communications and Education
Russia/New Independent States
United States

Board of Directors

Contact details

Nuclear Threat Initiative
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 7th Floor
Washington D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-296-4810
FAX 202-296-4811

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