Policy Briefs and Reports

The following are policy briefs, major reports and publications of the Global Security Institute or our programs.

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A Beacon of Hope

MPI Briefing Paper / September 2014

Far from extinguishing hopes for progress in nuclear disarmament, the violence-torn summer of 2014– televised killings in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq– should remind us of the inarguable imperative of prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons.

The newest brief from the Middle Powers Initiative puts this imperative into the current political and geostrategic context, and calls for a legal framework create, verify, and maintain a nuclear weapons-free world.

» Download the brief

Framework Forum brief

Building a Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World: Laying out the Map

MPI Briefing Paper
April 2012

This MPI brief lays out the purpose and design of the newly inaugurated “Framework Forum” series: to help re-define the structure of a secure world without nuclear weapons and the means through which it can be built.

» Download the brief

MPI Brief Law

A Global Law to Ban Nuclear Weapons

MPI Briefing Paper
May 2011

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UN Day 2011

Words Must Mean Something

A Report of the Conference, “Nuclear Disarmament: Compass Point for Progress and Accountability”

Co-sponsored by the EastWest Institute, the Global Security Institute and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation

United Nations Day
October 24, 2011

» Read the report

MPI Brief Geneva

From Aspiration to Reality: Nuclear Disarmament after the 2010 NPT Review Conference

Final report of the Geneva Consultation

Geneva, Switzerland
September 14-15, 2010

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The Humanitarian Imperative for Nuclear Disarmament

Briefing Paper for the Middle Powers Initiative/Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Conference, From Aspiration to Reality: Nuclear Disarmament after the NPT Review

Geneva, Switzerland
September 14-15, 2010

» Read the brief

Atlanta II Report

The Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT

Final Report of the Carter Center Consultation
January 21-22, 2010

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» Read the Recommendations
» Read the Executive Summary
» Links to transcripts
» Photo gallery

Global Undertaking

A Global Undertaking: Realizing the Disarmament Promise of the NPT

Briefing paper for the Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT, January 21-22, 2010

From President Barack Obama’s Prague speech to the UN Security Council Summit, 2009 was an extraordinary year of commitments at the highest levels to the objective of a world free of nuclear weapons. This year, 2010, must be the year for action, for setting in motion irreversible processes to achieve that objective. Middle powers must capitalize on the mo-mentum at this spring’s pivotal Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

This MPI Briefing Paper is intended to inform the January 2010 Consultation in Atlanta sponsored by MPI and the Carter Center in anticipation of the Review Conference. In this paper, MPI offers several practical and substantive recommendations.

» Read the briefing paper

Speak out!

A Time to Speak Out

GSI President Jonathan Granoff, BSG Director Ambassador Robert Grey and MPI Chairman Ambassador Henrik Salander call on governments to cleary and forcefully rebut the fallacious assertions that US movements towards disarmament incite friends and allies to develop their own nuclear weapons.


Tear Down This Wall

A Moment to Seize

Submission to the General Assembly First Committee 63rd session, the Conference on Disarmament and the Summit of Nobel Laureates

by Jonathan Granoff, President

October 2009

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Making Good

Making Good on the Promises: From the Security Council Summit to the 2010 NPT Review

MPI Briefing paper, October 2009

In both national and international deliberations, there are now a series of extraordinary openings to advance the nuclear disarmament agenda. This paper lays out MPI’s analysis of these events and recommends a number of practical and effective steps middle power governments can take to help continue to build the momentum for a nuclear weapon-free world.

» Read the briefing paper


Berlin A6F

The Berlin Article VI Forum:
The Imperatives and Openings for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Report of the Sixth Meeting
January 29-30, 2009

» Read the report

An executive summary report is also available


Policy Brief on NPT

Preserving the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Regime

GSI Policy brief prepared for the “Overcoming Nuclear Dangers” conference co-sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Security Project and the World Political Forum, held in Rome, Italy.

Delivered by Jonathan Granoff, President, and prepared with the assistance of Rhianna Tyson, Senior Officer

April 15, 2009

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CTBT brief

Achieving the Entry-Into-Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty: What UN Member States Can Do Now

Co-authored by Jonathan Granoff and Rhianna Tyson

GSI Policy Brief prepared for the special briefing and strategy session, Contributions of the United Nations System in Advancing the Entry-Into-Force of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations and the Global Security Institute.

April 3, 2009

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Preserve NPT

The Imperative of Preserving and Strengthening the Non-Proliferation Treaty

GSI Policy Brief developed for the 2009 Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI)
Spring Conference organized and convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

March 26, 2009

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Global public good

A Global Public Good of the Highest Order

Briefing Paper for the Sixth Meeting of the Article VI Forum

Berlin, Germany
January 29-30, 2009

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Galvanizing the Focus: A Nuclear Weapons Convention

GSI Brief

Delivered at the strategy session on a nuclear weapons convention, as part of the conference “Seizing the Moment” co-sponsored by the EastWest Institute, the Center for Non-proliferation Studies, the Global Security Institute, the British American Security Information Council and the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security

October 24, 2008

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A Nuclear Weapons Convention and the NPT: Diversion or Enabler?

Policy brief prepared for the Aotearoa Lawyers For Peace
By Alyn Ware

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PNND Notes

A comprehensive update from the global network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

June, 2008

» English
» Spanish
» German



The Dublin Article VI Forum: NPT Pathfinder to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Summary report of the consultation held in Dublin, Ireland, on March 28-29, 2008

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Back from the Margins: The Centrality of Nuclear Disarmament

Briefing Paper for the Fifth Meeting of the Article VI Forum

Dublin, Ireland
March 26-28, 2008

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Visible Intent: NATO’s Responsibility to Nuclear Disarmament

MPI Briefing Paper, January 2008

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The Vienna NPT PrepCom: Report on a Loosened Deadlock

by Jim Wurst, MPI Program Director

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Policy Brief: Advancing a Cooperative Security Regime in Outer Space

by Rhianna Tyson, Program Officer

May 2007

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Towards 2010: Priorities for NPT Consensus

MPI Paper for the 2007 Preparatory Committee, Vienna, April 2007

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The Article VI Forum: Forging a New Consensus for the NPT

Report of the Fourth Meeting

March 29-30, 2007

» Read full report, “The Article VI Forum, Forging a New Consensus for the NPT” (1.86 MB)
» Executive Summary only
» Briefing Paper
» Click here for more resources, including texts of speeches, from the fourth A6F


Forging a New Consensus for the NPT

Briefing paper

Prepared for the fourth meeting of the Article VI Forum, “Forging a New Consensus on the NPT,” held in Vienna, March 28-29, 2007.

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The Article VI Forum: Responding to the Challenges to the NPT
A consultation of like-minded States and special dialogue with nuclear weapons states

Ottawa, Canada
September 28-29, 2006

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» Executive Summary only
» Briefing Paper
» Remarks by Foreign Minister Peter MacKay
» Remarks by Dr. Hans Blix

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Current Nonproliferation Challenges

Testimony by Jonathan Granoff
President, Global Security Institute

Presented before the US House Committee on Government Reform,
Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and
International Relations

September 26, 2006

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Proposal for UN Centers for Nonviolent Conflict Prevention

by Jonathan Granoff
President, Global Security Institute

Summer 2006

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Gaining Confidence in Nuclear Disarmament Steps

Final Report of the second meeting of the Article VI Forum

The Hague, The Netherlands

March 2-3, 2006

» Final Report (1.5 MB)
» Briefing Paper
» Remarks by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
» Remarks by Amb. Hans Corell
» Remarks by Dr. Tariq Rauf
» Remarks by Amb. Robert Grey, Jr.
» Remarks by Mr. Paul Wilke
» Remarks by Dr. John Burroughs


Incompatible Visions: Analysis of Vision 2020

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, and Dr. Craig Eisendrath, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy, offer their analysis of Vision 2020 and the security implications of space weaponization.

December 2005

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28 States Participate: Inaugural Article VI Forum

The Middle Powers Initiative was honored to inaugurate the “Article VI Forum” at the United Nations on October 3, 2005. The Forum will continue its work of advancing the imperative to uphold the core bargain of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty relating to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and ensuring steady progress toward their global elimination.

United Nations, New York
October 3, 2005

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Deadly Deadlock: A Political Analysis of the Seventh Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative

United Nations, New York
May 2-27, 2005

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Nuclear Disarmament & Non-Proliferation: A Balanced Approach

Final Report of “Atlanta Consultation II: On the Future of the NPT”

The Carter Center
January 26-28, 2005

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Building a Nuclear Weapons-Free Future

Briefing Paper for “Atlanta Consultation II: On the Future of the NPT”

A Middle Powers Initiative Briefing Paper
January 2005

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Coherence Matters: Nuclear Policy Highlights

GSI and LCNP Policy brief on U.S. Nuclear Policy

By Jonathan Granoff and Dr. John Burroughs
October 2004

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Re-nuclearization or Disarmament: A Fateful Choice for Humanity

A Political Analysis of the Third Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Senator Douglas Roche, O.C.
May 2004

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Building Bridges: What Middle Power Countries Should Do To Strengthen the NPT

A Middle Powers Initiative Policy Brief

April 2004

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Building Bridges: The Non-Proliferation Treaty and Canada’s Nuclear Weapons Policies

A Policy Paper for the Government of Canada
Prepared by the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Middle Powers Initiative

March 2004

» View the Policy Paper
» Roundtable presentation by Tariq Rauf
» Roundtable presentation by Alyn Ware
» Roundtable presentation by Erika Simpson
» Photo Gallery» Press Release
» Event Report

Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, & Missile Non-Proliferation Instruments

Address by Jonathan Granoff at NATO Defense College

Rome, Italy
March 17, 2004

Conference Co-Sponsored by:
NATO Defense College
Senior Politico-Military Group on Proliferation

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“Legitimacy” in International Affairs: A Response to John Bolton

By Ben Friedman
March 2004

A Response to “‘Legitimacy’ in International Affairs: The American Perspective in Theory and Operation,” Speech Given by Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John Bolton, November 13, 2003

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Low-Yield and Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons aka “Mini-nukes” and Bunker Busters

Global Security Institute & Oxford Research Group paper

by Dr. Frank Barnaby and Prof. Jack Mendelsohn

December 2003

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2003 Global Security Institute Brochure

The most up-to-date, compact overview of GSI and its four programs.

December 2003

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On NATO Nuclear Policy

An MPI Policy Brief

September 2003

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