Nuclear Security

The continued role of nuclear technology in weapons development as well as civilian energy production and other civilian technologies makes nuclear issues a persistent policy concern. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile material remains a grave threat to international security and has intensified the potential threat of nuclear terrorism by non-state actors.

IGCC has examined these issues throughout its history, most notably through its Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program and its support of research on nuclear security policy through dissertation fellowships and faculty grants.

From 2011 to 2016, IGCC took part in the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC), an effort headed by UC Berkeley's Nuclear Engineering Department to train undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of nuclear physics, nuclear and radiation chemistry, nuclear engineering, nuclear instrumentation and public policy.

IGCC supported the consortium’s efforts through the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats summer training program and administration of a number of awards for nuclear policy-related faculty and student research.