Doomsday Diverted

This graphic incorporates an image of the sculpture “Good Defeats Evil,” created by Zurab Tsereteli for the United Nations’ headquarters, with a representation of the famous “Doomsday Clock,” maintained by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of

The 10-day period beginning November 2, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Able Archer 83 incident—a misunderstanding over military exercises that brought the United States and Soviet Union perilously close to nuclear conflict. Although the Cold War ended peacefully, nuclear weapons remain one of the greatest threats to global security. Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to reduce this threat by investing in cutting edge analytical work on nonproliferation, supporting education and training programs for the next generation of nuclear experts, and supporting a limited number of Track II efforts focused on Iran and North Korea. We invite you to learn more about the work of Carnegie Corporation and its grantees in this vital area. Read reports on our progress, or visit our “Rebuilding the U.S.–Russia Relationship” pages for viewpoints on the current relationship between the two global powers.


Beyond Boundaries: A Promising New Model for Security and Global Development [PDF]
This 2013 issue of Carnegie Results examines an initiative launched by the Henry L. Stimson Center to build an effective model for sustainable nonproliferation of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. The project represented an exciting and innovative way of thinking about security: a “dual-use” approach that operated at the nexus of the security and development communities. The team’s ingenuity paid off. A novel idea, supported with modest grants from Carnegie Corporation, went on to secure millions in support from international sources, achieving real-world policy wins.

“Carnegie Corporation of New York and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Investments in Nuclear Security” [PDF]
This backgrounder provides an overview of investments in nuclear security made by both the Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. These efforts included laying the groundwork for the so-called "Nunn-Lugar" act of 1991, to reduce the Soviet threat, as well as helping with negotiations on the New START agreement between the United States and Russia.

Nuclear Threat Initiative: Working to Reduce Nuclear Dangers with a Goal of Ultimately Ending Nuclear Weapons as a Threat to the World [PDF]
Some 10 years after its founding by businessman Ted Turner and former Senator Sam Nunn, those involved with the work of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, including some former top U.S. officials, told Carnegie Results in 2011 that they can look back on a decade’s worth of effort and see real results from the organization’s activities aimed at making the dangers of nuclear weapons and materials an issue of critical concern for nations around the globe.

Opening the Closed Cities of the Soviet Union [PDF]
Whether the thought of scores of Russian scientists working for enemies of America was overblown or not, the potentially horrific equation led to a number of U.S. programs in the 1990s to try and safeguard against nuclear weapons leaks, including one wherein Carnegie Corporation played a supportive funding role, as examined by this 2010 issue of Carnegie Results.

Research, Scholarship and Collaboration: Legacies of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Higher Education in the Former Soviet Union (HEFSU) Initiative, 1998–2008 [PDF]
The Corporation sponsored major international programs focused on improving U.S.–Soviet relations and promoting cooperation in areas such as arms control and nuclear non-proliferation. Building on these earlier efforts, the Corporation then began, in the late 1990s, to add an ambitious new dimension to its involvement in the countries of the former Soviet Union, as it sought to engage more directly in the transformation of post-Soviet higher education. This 2009 issue of Carnegie Results examines these efforts.

Carnegie Corporation and Russia: Grantmaking Amidst Transformation [PDF]
During the 1980s and 1990s, Carnegie Corporation invested approximately $120 million in projects aimed at focusing policy, public, scientific and scholarly attention on the imperatives and opportunities for taming reckless policies and cementing closer bonds. With the emergence of a “new Russia” and with leaderships in Washington and Moscow concentrating on new global threats, this 2005 issue of Carnegie Results reflects on the foundation’s programmatic experience with the former Soviet Union.

Towards Nuclear Nonproliferation: An Evolving Strategy [PDF]
This 2004 issue of Carnegie Results explores how, over more than two decades, the foundation has honed and refocused its grantmaking in nuclear nonproliferation while retaining a consistent focus on applying its resources to the reduction of grave threats to world peace.