Security Research Groups and Organizations

Published Feb 4, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2019

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

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy 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 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.

Carnegie Moscow Center is a regional affiliate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that focuses on domestic and foreign policy, international relations, international security, and the economy.

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy is a regional affiliate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, which brings together leading policy experts and practitioners from China and around the world to engage in collaborative dialogue and research. 

The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, an affiliate of the Council for a Livable World, seeks to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals, halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and minimize the risk of war by educating the public and policy makers.

The Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), 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 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 Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is engaged in analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy for global security.

The Future of Life Institute seeks to catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future around the issues of AI, nuclear weapons, and climate.

Global Zero works toward the elimination of nuclear weapons in our lifetime. The Nuclear Crisis Group, launched by Global Zero, is an international task force that monitors nuclear crisis situations and puts forth actionable plans to defuse them.

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.

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.

Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University is an interdisciplinary program devoted to research and teaching on the problems of war and peace, arms control and disarmament, and more generally, instances of collective violence.

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 Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) works to protect our lives, livelihoods, and the environment from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

The Partnership for Global Security is constantly evaluating how the convergence of security, technology, and economic issues influence global nuclear challenges.

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 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 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 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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