Understanding Nuclear Security Summits

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The US will be hosting the fourth and last Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington D.C. from March 31 to April 1. This piece attempts to explain the dynamics of the NSS process and Pakistan’s association with it.

President Barack Obama in April 2009 set the following goals for nuclear security: secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world in four years; strengthen nuclear security; and prevent nuclear terrorism. These goals were reflected in the Communique of the first Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington in April 2010.