Project

Global Nuclear Future

Overview

The Global Nuclear Future (GNF) Initiative is a comprehensive interdisciplinary, multi institutional, and multi-national project that seeks to identify paths that permit the peaceful use of nuclear power to meet the growing demand for energy, while minimizing the potential adverse consequences of the spread of inherently risky nuclear technology. GNF is distinct in its ability to bring together diverse communities, including leading experts from academia, government, nongovernmental organizations, and the nuclear industry. By engaging with key constituencies, particularly in Southeast Asia and in the Middle East whose choices and behavior will have a significant impact on the character of the international nuclear order, GNF identifies and promotes best practices to minimize the security and nonproliferation concerns associated with the spread of nuclear energy.

The GNF project builds on the Academy's history of more than 65 years - including a dozen prior Academy projects - dedicated to exploring the risks of nuclear weapons, examining the potential of nuclear power, and offering expertise to the nation. 

Project Work

GNF brings together diverse communities, including leading experts from academia, government, nongovernmental organizations, and the nuclear industry, to foster dialogue and debate with and among nuclear newcomers and encourage transparency and international cooperation. 

Outreach and Activities

People

People

Project Chairs
Senior Advisor

Scott D. Sagan

Stanford University
Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Academy Member
Project Advisors

Sam Nunn

Nuclear Threat Initiative
Co-Chairman
Academy Member

William James Perry

Stanford University
Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor Emeritus, and Co-director of the Preventive Defense Project at CISAC
Academy Member

William C. Potter

Monterey Institute of International Studies

John W. Rowe

Exelon Corporation
Chairman Emeritus
Academy Member

George Pratt Shultz

Stanford University
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
Academy Member
Staff

Francesca Giovannini

American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Program Director for Global Security and International Affairs

Kathryn Moffat

American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Program Officer for Global Security and International Affairs
Publications

Publications

News & Updates

News & Updates

Events

Events

Project Outcomes

Project Outcomes

Since 2008, the Academy has made significant progress in identifying and promoting policy recommendations to minimize the security and proliferation risks inherent in the global spread of nuclear energy. For example, the work of the GNF Initiative influenced the outcome of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. A recent paper, Nuclear Collisions: Discord, Reform & the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime, also informed discussions with delegates to the May 2012 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria. In addition, the Academy’s recommendations on the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle are reflected in the 2012 report of the U.S. President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Energy Future.