The State of Global Nuclear Security

The international community is still not effectively organized to protect the world from catastrophic terrorism – despite grave concerns about the spread of weapons-usable nuclear materials and the knowledge that groups such as al Qaeda are seeking weapons of mass destruction.

Areas of Concern

There is no effective global system for securing weapons-usable nuclear materials. The vast majority of global stocks remain outside of existing international nuclear security mechanisms. Participation in international peer review is limited. Some states are increasing their stocks.

Most Improved

Belgium, Canada, and Japan are the most improved states from the 2012 NTI Index due to a host of measures, including passage of new nuclear security legislation, decreasing stocks of materials, and creating new oversight institutions.

The Need for a Global System

Global leaders must develop an effective nuclear materials security system around the world’s most dangerous materials. The system should be common and comprehensive, and should hold states accountable for the shared responsibility to prevent nuclear terrorism.

Eliminating Nuclear Materials

The number of states with weapons-usable nuclear materials has dropped from 32 to 25 in just two years, showing real progress in the global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism.  NTI applauds the seven states that removed all or most of these dangerous materials from their territories since the inaugural NTI Index was released in 2012.