Security Research Groups and Organizations

The following organizations work on international security, arms control, disarmament, and related issues.

The Acronym Institute works on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation issues with a particular focus on nuclear doctrines and policies. It publishes Disarmament Diplomacy, a monthly digest of news, documentation and opinion pieces.


The Arms Control Association is a U.S. nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.


The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at Harvard University focuses on training leaders to advance policy­-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security. It is home to the Managing the Atom project.


The Bochum Verification Project at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum was founded in 1988 to do applied-physics research for automatic sensor systems which could be used in the verification of disarmament and peace-keeping.


The British American Security Information Council (BASIC) is an independent research organization that analyzes government policies and promotes public awareness of defense, disarmament, military strategy and nuclear policies.


The Brookings Institution is an independent analyst and critic of U.S. policy that seeks to bridge the gap between scholarship and public policy. One of its research areas is nuclear weapons, having sponsored the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Costs Study Project.


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace conducts research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program conducts an array of professional and public-education activities aimed at curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. They also promote debate on non-proliferation policies and internal control measures in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere.


The Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) works on arms control and related issues.


The Center for Defense Information (CDI), now the Project on Government Oversight, seeks realistic and cost effective military spending without excess expenditures for weapons and policies that increase the danger of war. 


The Center for International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) at Stanford University is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in international security.


The Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The Center publishes The Nonproliferation Review, maintains online databases, and trains graduate students from a variety of countries.


The Center for War, Peace and the News Media is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting journalists and news organizations and exploring the role of the media in war, peace, and conflict.


The Cooperative Monitoring Center at Sandia National Laboratories assists political and technical experts from around the world in acquiring the technology-based tools they need to analyze, design, and implement nonproliferation, arms control, and other security measures.


The Council for a Livable World along with the Council for a Livable World Education Fund and PeacePAC are arms control groups committed to ridding the world of weapons of mass destruction and eliminating wasteful military spending.


The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is engaged in analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy for global security.


Hanford Watch seeks to educate the public on the issues associated with the plutonium production complex at Hanford and works to increase public participation in the Hanford decision-making process.


The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) provides activists, policy-makers, journalists, and the public with understandable and accurate scientific and technical information on energy and environmental issues.


The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security.


The International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) works to develop and strengthen the international legal order with a view to delegitimizing the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field.


The International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP) is part of the worldwide activities of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). INESAP's goals are to promote nuclear disarmament, to tighten existing arms control and non-proliferation regimes, as well as to implement unconventional approaches to curbing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to control the transfer of related technology.


International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a global federation of national physicians' organizations dedicated to safeguarding health through the prevention of war. It has worked to abolish nuclear weapons, to eliminate other weapons of mass destruction, and to create a vibrant worldwide network of physicians and other health professionals committed to peace and health.


The International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) brings together people to discuss experiences and approaches relating to security problems. Held every year, the school emphasizes teaching and an exchange of views.


The Los Alamos Study Group is a non-profit, research-oriented, nuclear disarmament organization that seeks to provide a reliable and independent perspective on activities at U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories.


The National Security Archive is a non-governmental, non-profit research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of the documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats.


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a nuclear program that surveys and analyzes developments on a variety of nuclear weapon issues ranging from keeping track of global arsenals and the status of arms treaties, to the problems of waste and fissile material disposition, security and control.


The Nautilus Institute is a policy-oriented research and consulting organization that focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.


The NGO Committee on Disarmament is the principal service organization for Non-Governmental Organizations (research institutes, activist/advocacy groups, volunteer organizations, professional associations) involved with disarmament in the United Nations context.


The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation educates people about peace, increases public awareness about critical issues, and champions constructive public policies.


The Nuclear Control Institute (NCI) is an independent research and advocacy center specializing in problems of nuclear proliferation.


The Peace & Conflict Studies Program at the University of Toronto seeks to move beyond the traditional study of International Relations by examining the causes of violent strife both among and within countries, including war, revolution, insurgency, and ethnic clashes.


The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) works with nuclear, biological, and chemical arms control, as well as conventional and weapons systems based in outer space.


The Peace Studies Program at Cornell University is an interdisciplinary program concerned with problems of peace and war, arms control and disarmament, and more generally, instances of collective violence.


The PIR Center (Center for Policy Studies in Russia) is a non-profit non-governmental research organization founded by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Moskovskie Novosty (Moscow News weekly). It publishes Nuclear Control.


The Program on Science & Global Security, a research group at Princeton University since 1975, became a unit of the Woodrow Wilson School in July 2001. The Program seeks to provide the technical basis for policy initiatives in nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation.


Pugwash Conferences bring together influential scholars and public figures concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems.


The Russian-American Nuclear Security Advisory Council (RANSAC), now the Partnership for Global Security, develops new U.S.-Russian cooperative nuclear security initiatives, and ensures that existing programs become deeply rooted and are implemented expeditiously.


The MIT Security Studies Program is a graduate-level research and educational program with courses emphasizing grand strategy, technology, arms control, and bureaucratic politics issues. Part of the program seeks to integrate technical and political analyses in studies of international security problems.


The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) conducts scientific research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security including weapon developments, arms transfers and production, military expenditure, as well as on arms limitations, reductions and disarmament.


The Henry L. Stimson Center focuses on the economic, environmental, and demographic trends that will be critical to global stability in the decades ahead and specifically on issues of nuclear proliferation.


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks to augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative policy development and tenacious citizen advocacy to make positive, tangible improvements in people's lives. UCS is the host of the Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs.


The U.S. Institute for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen the United States' capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

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