MacArthur has announced five grants totaling $1.65 million for efforts to help provide policymakers with the most up-to-date technical and scientific information available on matters relating to key issues in international security.
Organizations receiving the Foundations grants will be in a position to provide insight on matters such as how to secure nuclear bomb material worldwide, what might be done to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula, and how to make more effective use of federal spending on nuclear threat reduction. They are part of the Foundations support to help reduce the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.
"The convergence of international terrorism and weapons proliferation has created new demand--especially in Congress--for timely and credible analysis of national and international security dangers," said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. "One focus of our grantmaking in the area of international peace and security is to give policymakers practical and effective new ideas and to make sure their budget priorities match the threats and dangers of our time."
The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation received a grant of $450,000 over three years for a Nonproliferation Task Force to help expand efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world and reduce the threat they pose to international security. Grant funds will also be used to provide expert non-partisan briefings on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staffs.
A grant of $300,000 over two years was awarded to the Henry L. Stimson Center to advance private sector partnerships with the former Soviet Union to secure and eliminate nuclear weapons material. There are opportunities for U.S. contractors to help carry out this work, but they face many bureaucratic and legal obstacles. The Center is working with contractors to identify these obstacles and develop strategies for removing them.
The Center for National Policy received a grant of $250,000 over two years for a project to provide Members of Congress with non-partisan analysis and research and ideas on securing nuclear material stockpiles worldwide. Grant funds will be used to convene a series of bipartisan discussion forums to help focus attention on the scale of the problem, examine the practical challenges of securing and consolidating these stockpiles, and explore solutions.
Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs received a grant of $50,000 to develop ideas for an international panel on fissile material security that would monitor and assess government efforts to consolidate and secure nuclear weapons material and technology, and limit fissile material production.
Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation received a grant of $400,000 over two years for its Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region. The project provides opportunities for research, exchange, and scholarship among regional security specialists in Asia. It also helps to produce policy recommendations on a range of regional security issues, including the resumption of talks to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Finally, a grant of $250,000 over two years was awarded to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in support of budget research and analysis on national spending to reduce the dangers associated with nuclear, biological, and space weapons. Grant funds will be used to develop a post 9/11 baseline of funding in each of these areas and help policymakers explore ways of making more effective use of federal funds spent for national security.