Below are descriptions and links to other non-governmental organizations in the nuclear disarmament field.
The Nuclear Abolition Forum consists of a dedicated website for posting articles and discussing key nuclear abolition aspects and initiatives, and a periodical (available in hardcopy and as online PDF), which will focus on specific issues and elements (technical, legal, institutional and political) for achieving and sustaining a world free of nuclear weapons.
Nuclear Abolition Forum: Dialogue on the Process to Achieve and Sustain a Nuclear Weapons Free World
C/o World Future Council
100 Pall Mall, St. James, London SW1Y 5NQ
Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7321 3810
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7321 3738
The Acronym Institute
The Acronym Institute conducts research and publishes information on negotiations and verification of arms control, disarmament and related treaties and agreements. Their site also contains access to the Disarmament Diplomacy journal, the successor to Nuclear Proliferation News. Disarmament Diplomacy welcomes letters and comments on all disarmament and non-proliferation issues, and especially invites suggestions and proposals on present and possible arms control measures.
1313 L Street, NW, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 44 (0) 20 7688 0450 Fax: 44 (0) 20 7688 0451
The Arms Control Association
Founded in 1971, the ACA is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies. Through its public education and media programs and its magazine, Arms Control Today, ACA provides policy-makers, the press, and the interested public with authoritative information, analysis, and commentary on arms control proposals, negotiations, and agreements, and related national security issues.
1726 M Street, NW Suite 201 Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202 463-8270 Fax: 202 463-8273
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 in order to foster informed debate. BASIC UK: Grayston Centre, 2nd Floor, 28 Charles Square London N1 6HT, T +44-(0)20-7324 4680
BASIC US: 110 Maryland Ave, NE, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20002, T+1202 546 8055
The Brookings Institution
This center sets the standard for research on foreign policy. Their site has an excellent nuclear section, and be sure to look at the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project. The atomic audit is one of the most stunning sites on the web. It reveals the details of the $5.5 trillion in U.S. nuclear spending over the past 56 years. This comes out to about $3000 per second since 1945. https://www.brook.edu/FP/PROJECTS/NUCWCOST/WEAPONS.HTM
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036-2188
Tel: 202 797-6000 Fax: 202 797-6004
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
One of the oldest and most reliable sources on nuclear affairs, and a good way to stay abreast of nuclear issues. Be sure to read Stephen Schwartz’s (editor of the Atomic Audit) behind-the-scenes political analysis of the CTBT rejection in the U.S. Senate: https://www.thebulletin.org
Report of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. One of the most influential and comprehensive investigations performed on the international nuclear system.
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Based at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, CNS is the largest NGO in the U.S. focusing exclusively on nonproliferation issues. An excellent feature on this site is an annotated chronology of South Africa’s nuclear weapons program, pointing out the explicit link drawn between apartheid and weapons of mass destruction. As South Africa’s status as the only nation to ever possess and then eliminate its nuclear weapons remains a little-known bit of nuclear era history, this section is well worth a look.
CNN Cold War Series
From Yalta to Malta: Experience CNN’s landmark documentary series in this award-winning Web site. A good overview of the era that mass-produced nuclear weapons.
The Council for a Livable World
This organization offers a comprehensive look at global security in all its dimensions: military spending, missile defense, WMD control, policy, and politics.
110 Maryland Ave., NE #409 Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202 543-4100
The Daisy Alliance
A global grassroots organization seeking the non-proliferation, disarmament and elimination of nuclear weapons, biological weapons, and chemical weapons—all Weapons of Mass Destruction, or WMDs. We raise funds in order to educate the public in all walks of life about the threat that WMDs pose to civilization.
990 Hammond Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Disarmament and Security Centre
A specialist branch of the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace Foundation focusing on disarmament issues. See their excellent publications section.
PO Box 8390 35 Rata Street, Riccarton, Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Tel: 64 3-348-1350 Fax: 64 3-348-1353
The Federation of American Scientists
Analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy concerning global security. A policy organization whose Board of Sponsors includes over 55 American Nobel Laureates, FAS was founded as the Federation of Atomic Scientists in 1945 by members of the Manhattan Project who produced the first atomic bomb. An excellent website, with extensive resources. Also see the Nuclear Weapon Archive, hosted on the FAS site at https://nuclearweaponarchive.org/
Fourth Freedom Forum
“The Forum’s goal is a more civilized world based on the force of law rather than the law of force.” A dedicated grassroots strategic partner of the GSI. Good scope on peace issues around the globe.
Main office: 803 North Main Street, Goshen, Indiana 46528
Washington Office: 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1012 Washington, D.C. 20009 https://www.fourthfreedom.org
Global Action To Prevent War
A Coalition-Building Effort to Stop War, Genocide, and Other Forms of Deadly Conflict. Features a draft of a Global Action to Prevent War program document.
Henry L. Stimson Center
The Henry L. Stimson Center is an independent, nonprofit, public policy institute committed to finding and promoting innovative solutions to the security challenges confronting the United States and other nations in the twenty-first century.
1111 19th Street, NW Ninth Floor Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202 223-5956 Fax: 202 238-9604
International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Founded in 1988, this international citizens organization aims to strengthen international law in order to delegitimize the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.
UN Office: John Burroughs 675 Third Avenue Suite 315 NY, NY 10017
International Peace Bureau
The world’s oldest and most comprehensive peace foundation, founded in 1892, and winner of the Nobel prize in 1910. Covers a wide scope of peace issues, including nuclear disarmament.
41, Rue de Zurich, CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 41 (22) 731 64 29 Fax: 41 (22) 738 9419
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
At the height of the Cold War, a group of Soviet and American doctors founded IPPNW to provide education about the medical consequences of nuclear war. For this effort, which reached millions with the message that nuclear weapons must never be used again, IPPNW received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
727 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617 868-5050 Fax 617 868-2560
777 UN Plaza Suite 6M New York, NY 10017
Tel: 646 865-1883 Fax: 646 865-1884
Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
Founded in 1981, the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) is a national nonprofit educational association that uses national and international law to promote peace and disarmament. Includes detailed information on a proposed Nuclear Weapons Convention, at https://www.lcnp.org/mnwc/index.htm
675 Third Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212 818-1861 Fax: 212 818-1857
Middle Powers Initiative
One of the four programs of GSI, the Middle Powers Initiative is comprised of eight international non-governmental organizations that are able to work primarily with “middle power” governments to encourage and educate the nuclear weapons states to take immediate practical steps that reduce nuclear dangers, and commence negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons. The “publication” section of their site has up to date reports and policy breifs.
The Nation Institute
On this site of the popular magazine you will find excerpts from the February 2/9, 1998 double issue of The Nation containing the 45,000 word article by Jonathan Schell, The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons. The excerpts include interviews with former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and former Soviet Premier Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, who share Schell’s vision of a nuclear-free world.
Natural Resource Defense Council
A superb site with a thorough look at the problems and opportunities facing activism in a globalizing world. The NRDC has an in-depth Research Guide to Policy and Information about nuclear weapons at https://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/nuguide/guinx.asp. Also see their report on the US Government’s SIOP plan for nuclear targeting at https://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/nwarplan.asp
NGO Committee on Disarmament
The NGO Committee on Disarmament is the central web hub for UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
One of the most reputable and thorough nuclear abolitionist groups in existence, this Santa Barbara-based organization is a valued strategic partner of the GSI. Also see The Nuclear Files below. PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794 Tel: 805 965-3443 Fax: 805 568-0466
Nuclear Control Institute
The Nuclear Control Institute focuses on strategies to halt the spread and reverse the growth of nuclear arms. In particular, they focus on removing weapons-grade materials (plutonium and highly enriched uranium) from civilian nuclear power and research programs. 1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202-822-8444 Fax: 202-452-0892
The Nuclear Files
This invaluable resource tool has been compiled by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The site provides comprehensive historical as well as current information on ethical and policy problems related to nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and waste. It archives important documents and treaties, provides biographical information, and invites teachers, students, and the general public to tap into many valuable resources.
Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Initiative
The NRDI is an “unprecedented joint military and interfaith effort to mobilize people of faith across America against the dangers nuclear weapons pose to the whole human family.” It began with a call to action issued June 21st, 2000, with the support of more than thirty-five national religious leaders and retired high-ranking military professionals.
Oxford Research Group
The independent Oxford Research Group, based in Britain, works on Track II diplomacy with career policy-making officials by presenting in-depth research in the form of publications and seminars.
Development House 56-64 Leonard Street London EC2A 4LT
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7549 0298
Since 1957, Peace Action has been coordinating nationwide efforts in areas such as nuclear abolition and military budget reduction. The Washington, D.C. based effort is the nation’s largest grassroots organization.
1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1020, Silver Springs, MD 20910
Tel: 301 565 4050 Fax 301 565 0850
Physicians for Social Responsibility
An organization with impeccable informational and ethical integrity, PSR’s activism wing has been a great help in cultivating support for the Abolition Statement by Mayors. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1012, Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202 667-4260 Fax: 202 667-4201
Founded at a time when global nuclear conflict seemed a real and immediate possibility, the Ploughshares Fund was designed to provide financial support to the most promising efforts they could identify among the many people and organizations working to eliminate the threat of nuclear war. Ploughshares has made over 1,000 grants totaling more than $20,000,000.
Project for Nuclear Awareness
Co-conveneed by John Haas and Fred Heldring, the Project aims to bring awareness of nuclear issues to the public, and to work with Congress and the White House to stop new nuclear weapons development, end the proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile materials, stop the development of space-based weapons, enforce the existing legal regime and promote a foreign policy that uses diplomacy first, respects human rights and the Geneva Conventions on the Laws of War. https://www.nuclearawareness-usa.org/
A grassroots voter initiative movement for disarmament of nuclear weapons and the conversion of the arms industries to more human and environmental needs. This Web Domain is created and maintained by volunteers of the anti-nuclear vigils in Lafayette Park, at 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
The official website of the Pugwash Conferences, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize, an international and scientific organization dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons and war. The website features reports and statements, publications, conference schedules, and a newsgroup on nuclear security issues, as well as information about Pugwash’s historic role in nuclear disarmament and current activities.
Pugwash, US Office American Academy of Arts and Sciences 136 Irving St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel: 617 576-5022 Fax: 617 576-5050
Reaching Critical Will
Nuclear disarmament initiative of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Senator Douglas Roche, O.C.
Official website of Canadian Senator Douglas Roche, chair of the Middle Powers Initiative, an initiative of seven major international organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament.
State of the World Forum
The Global Security Institute’s Nuclear Weapon Elimination Initiative has its roots in the State of the World Forum, which is a yearly gathering of visionaries. These gatherings feature conversations that make a difference.
The Presidio P.O. Box 29434 San Francisco, CA 94129
Tel: 415 561-2345 Fax: 415 561-2323
Steve Kirsch’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Page
The founder of Infoseek has pioneered philanthropy in Silicon Valley. He maintains this page dedicated to action and response to the CTBT’s October rejection in the Senate. Good focus on Election 2000. Find out what you can do, and look around the rest of the site to find out more about SV’s blooming philanthropy.
Union of Concerned Scientists, Arms Control Division
The UCS has a powerful voice in the international arms control community and on Capitol Hill. They are respected for first-rate analysis and known for generating new policy initiatives and creating a well-informed political constituency behind them. Currently, they focus on four goals: blocking deployment of national missile defenses; reviving Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; preserving the US funding that helps Russia control its nuclear materials; and completing negotiations on the START III treaty.
2 Brattle Square Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617 547-5552
Women’s Action for New Directions
WAND originally stood for Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, and while the name might have changed, WAND’s commitment to reducing nuclear dangers has not. The nationwide grassroots organization has expanded its pursuits to include environmental efforts.
691 Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
Tel: 781 643-6740 Fax: 781 643-6744
Other Lists of NGO Contacts
An extensive list of links to nuclear related organizations, organized by country: