The increasing fragility of the Assad regime has the international community worried about the security of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The U.S. and allies confronted similar concerns in securing Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi and in eliminating Libya’s nuclear weapons program in 2004.
The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, established in 1991 to secure and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in former Soviet states, provides a model of success for dealing with the proliferation threats of today.
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These are just a few highlights from the Nunn-Lugar scorecard:
7,619 strategic nuclear warheads deactivated
33 nuclear submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles destroyed
2936 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical weapons agent destroyed
39 biological threat monitoring stations built and equipped
This Fact Sheet takes a closer look at the origins of the Nunn-Lugar program, its record of success, and ways to expand the program to effectively address today’s nonproliferation threats.