Science & Global Security
The Program on Science and Global Security (SGS), based at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has carried out research and policy analysis and education and training in nuclear arms control and nonproliferation for more than three decades.
SGS has developed the analytical basis for policy initiatives within several important areas:
- Furthering nuclear arms control and nuclear disarmament
- Reducing the danger from nuclear weapon materials
- Understanding the future of nuclear energy
- Nuclear threat reduction in South Asia and the Middle East
- Improving biological security with respect to dual-use biotechnology and naturally occurring disease
- Space security
Harold Feiveson and Frank von Hippel founded and co-directed the Program from 1974 to 2006. For its first 25 years, the Program was part of the Princeton University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES) in the Princeton Engineering School, before joining the Woodrow Wilson School in 2001. From 2006 to 2016, the Program was directed by Christopher Chyba . Since July 2016, SGS has been directed by Alexander Glaser and Zia Mian .
Faculty and researchers of SGS teach science and security courses and policy workshops for Princeton undergraduate and graduate students. Students with undergraduate or master’s degrees in science or engineering can pursue PhDs with SGS by applying to the Woodrow Wilson School’s International Security or Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) clusters. Students seeking a technical PhD also can apply to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, which is home to the Nuclear Futures Laboratory , a multidisciplinary initiative of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Woodrow Wilson School directed by Alexander Glaser.
The Program provides training opportunities for post-doctoral and senior scientists interested in science and security policy. It has helped train technical nuclear arms control and nonproliferation researchers in Russia, China, India and Pakistan and facilitated the establishment of counterpart programs in China and Russia. The resulting network over the years has allowed the Program to contribute to the nuclear policy debates in a number of countries.
SGS provides research and administrative support to the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), a group of independent nuclear experts from 17 nuclear-weapon and non-weapon states. The Panel’s mission is to develop the technical basis for practical and achievable policy initiatives to end production and reduce military and civilian stocks stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. These fissile materials are the key ingredients in nuclear weapons, and their control is critical to nuclear weapons disarmament, to halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to ensuring that terrorists do not acquire nuclear weapons.
The Program is the editorial home of Science & Global Security , the leading international technical peer-reviewed journal of arms control science. It has become an essential institution in the field of science-based security studies. It is published in Russian as well as in English.