Threat Perceptions and Drivers of Change in Nuclear Security Around the World: Results of a Survey
MetadataShow full item record
CitationBunn, Matthew and Harrell, Eben. 2014. Threat Perceptions and Drivers of Change in Nuclear Security Around the World: Results of a Survey. Cambridge, Mass.: Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.
AbstractLeaders at the 2010 nuclear security summit agreed on the goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear
material in four years. This goal implied that many countries would change their nuclear security
policies. But the factors that drive changes in nuclear security policies, and that constrain those
changes, are not well understood. We conducted a survey of selected nuclear security experts in
countries with nuclear weapons, highly enriched uranium (HEU), or separated plutonium, to explore
this issue. The survey included: (a) perceptions of which threats are credible; (b) approaches
to nuclear security based on a design basis threat (DBT); (c) changes in nuclear security policy in
the last 15 years; (d) factors causing and constraining changes in nuclear security policy; and (e)
policy on how much information to release about nuclear security. This paper describes the survey,
its results, and implications for next steps to strengthen global nuclear security.
Citable link to this pagehttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12185845
- HKS Faculty Scholarship