August 10, 2007
Dear Friend of GSI,
The Bipartisan Security Group (BSG), the Washington-based program of the Global Security Institute (GSI), has been very active in D.C. Just this month, we met with Ambassador Thomas Pickering and the Center Aisle Caucus, where we discussed and advocated policies on a range of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues with moderate members of both parties. This spring, we had the honor of working with Dr. Hans Blix and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, meeting with leading Republican and Democratic senators and representatives and addressing the American Bar Association’s International Law Section.
The work of the BSG is uniquely effective in that we are targeting, in a bipartisan way, senior legislators of this country. Legislators, both in the US and around the world, have a crucial role to play in crafting policies that meet the security needs of their countries, regions and the world. Their ongoing education, involvement and empowerment to address these issues is a necessary and vital element to strengthening and maintaining our nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.
It is for this reason that we are pleased to draw your attention to the most recent Update from the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament (PNND), another outstanding program of the Global Security Institute. PNND is an exceptional network of over 500 legislators/parliamentarians from more than 70 countries, working to prevent nuclear proliferation and achieve nuclear disarmament.
The network, (which is about to change its name to Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament) helps parliamentarians play their crucial role more effectively by providing them with:
- Information on nuclear weapons issues and on international events including United Nations disarmament meetings;
- Samples of legislative resolutions, motions, questions and legislation from around the world;
- Contacts with parliamentary colleagues in other countries with whom to share information and ideas;
- A forum for developing joint strategies between parliaments;
- Links with disarmament experts;
and so much more, as you can see from the aforementioned Update.
PNND helps ensure that the initiatives GSI and BSG are raising in Washington are known about and supported in legislatures around the world.
The amazing global work of PNND, BSG’s focused efforts with high-level officials in Washington, the Middle Powers Initiative’s convening of diplomats at the United Nations and our ongoing disarmament and peace educational activities would not be possible without your support.
I offer you our most sincere gratitude for your continued financial support of GSI and our programs.
Ambassador Robert Grey, Jr.,
Director, Bipartisan Security Group
P.S. If you haven’t read GSI’s most recent eNewsletter, I urge you to do so.