J. Rohlfing
Heads of state won’t be the only participants in the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. With two major side summits, as well as a summit expo, awards luncheons and other activities, Washington, DC will be bustling with panels, working groups and informal get-togethers.

The following is an outline of key events with links to more detailed agendas.

2016 Nuclear Security Summit – March 31-April 1

More than 50 heads of state and other invited leaders will gather at the Washington Convention Center for closed-door meetings and policy discussions from March 31-April 1. Only participants know the exact itinerary, but one agenda item has leaders engaging in a situational policy discussion involving a hypothetical nuclear security crisis.

Hundreds of government officials, experts and members of the news media will hear from leaders at the end of the proceedings when they announce their nuclear security commitments in the form of a summit communiqué, action plans, gift baskets and house gifts.

Solutions for a Secure Nuclear Future—March 30-31

The Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) will kick-off a side summit, Solutions for a Secure Nuclear Future, on March 30. The invitation-only event for approximately 200 nuclear security experts and nongovernmental organizations will feature a full day of presentations, roundtables and breakout discussions from experts including Miles Pomper from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Matthew Bunn from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and Samantha Pitts-Kiefer from NTI. Former UK Secretary of State for Defense Des Browne, NTI’s vice chairman, will deliver the keynote address over lunch.

On March 31, this side summit will hold a joint event with the Nuclear Industry Summit (see below). Explore the full agenda here

Nuclear Industry Summit—March 30-31

The Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS), which also gets under way on March 30, features industry and policy experts including former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, co-chairman and CEO of NTI, who will deliver the keynote address, and Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Attendees also will participate in working groups and attend an evening reception.

On March 31, the NIS will hold a joint event with the FMWG side summit and then an awards luncheon for heads of state, government officials and industry experts. Explore the full agenda here


Nuclear Industry Summit Expo—March 31-April 1

Featuring policy experts, nuclear industry representatives and a host of exhibitors, the expo will be held at the Washington Convention Center and will be accessible to heads of state, registered media and others who are participating in the Nuclear Security Summit and side events. If you attend, look for NTI’s booth onsite.

On the blog, we’ll highlight other events leading up to the Summit, including a March 23rd press conference with multiple new reports from NTI, FMWG and the Arms Control Association; a March 28th discussion with David Albright on global inventories of plutonium and highly enriched uranium;  a March 29th roundtable on nuclear security in the Middle East organized by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies; and a March 30th evening screening of Command and Control, a new documentary based on Eric Schlosser’s book by the same name.