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How the NTI Index Helps Improve Global Security

January 4, 2016

The NTI Index has encouraged important policy reform and metrics for nuclear security.  Government officials have used the NTI Index to gauge their own progress.  Media and the public have used it to help keep governments accountable.  See examples below from the 2014 NTI Index.

Editorial Board Support
The Washington Post editorial board wrote, “Perhaps the most important finding in the study is connected not to any single nation but rather to the lack of a global system of oversight.” A New York Times editorial called for leaders to “push this agenda forward when they meet in The Hague for their third nuclear summit meeting this March.”

Global News Coverage
Separately, news coverage in The New York Times focused on country-level improvements as well as the United States’ failure to ratify two agreements that would help prevent nuclear terrorism—a step that was addressed for the 2016 NTI Index.  An article from the Associated Press  noted the seven countries that removed all or most weapons-usable nuclear material from their territories.

NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn called for “sustainability” in the global effort to secure nuclear materials on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “We’re moving in the right direction, but there’s a long, long way to go,” said Nunn. “We have to have the whole world engaged.”

Government Comment
Leaders from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, and Poland cited the NTI Index in their opening statements, progress reports, and other official statements at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.

The White House called the NTI Index “a useful tool” in an NBC news story.