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PGS has produced concrete results in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by influencing policy, creating new initiatives and institutions, and focusing the attention of international and domestic policymakers and the public on the importance of the cooperative threat reduction agenda.

Examples of PGS's accomplishments since 1997 include:

Creating New Initiatives and Institutions
Playing a significant role in the development of the intellectual and political framework that led to the creation of the U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cities Initiative and the European Nuclear Cities Initiative. Both efforts are focused on reducing the size of Russia's nuclear weapons infrastructure and providing alternative employment for scientists.
Assisting in the creation of new non-proliferation analytical centers at the Russian nuclear institutes in Sarov and Obninsk to facilitate the redirection of weapons scientists and improve Russia's ability to address key proliferation issues.
Creating the Russian Nuclear Complex Conversion Consortium to increase NGO input into nuclear complex downsizing and work force redirection efforts.

Influencing Policy
Helping push the U.S. government to provide additional nuclear security aid to Russia in the wake of the ruble collapse in 1998.
Getting key recommendations accepted for improving the pace and effectiveness of the U.S. government program to improve the protection, control, and accounting of fissile and other nuclear material in Russia and the former Soviet states.
Arguing successfully for the U.S. government to provide additional resources to accelerate the phase-out of highly-enriched uranium as a fuel in Soviet-supplied research reactors.
Developing support to reverse the first major budget cuts in cooperative threat programs in 2001, and helping generate a congressional initiative that provided additional funding for key nuclear security programs immediately after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Stimulating congressional action on a range of controversial threat reduction policy decisions, including the temporary non-certification of Russia in 2002 that impeded the flow of U.S. threat reduction assistance, and the 2003 abandonment of the U.S.-Russian agreements on the Nuclear Cities Initiative and plutonium disposition that threatens these programs’ future.
Building political support for threat reduction activities in the U.S. Congress through a dedicated bi-partisan sponsored congressional seminar series and regularly reporting on congressional actions on threat reduction issues.
Defining a comprehensive reform agenda for U.S.-Russian threat reduction activities including an updated strategy for improving overall implementation of the agenda over the next decade.

Developing International Networks in Support of Threat Reduction
Cooperating with governments involved in international threat reduction efforts, including the U.S., Russia, and other G-8 nations, and important government-related institutions and laboratories.
Working closely with the European Nuclear Cities Initiative’s International Working Group.
Promoting international involvement in weapons complex downsizing and scientist reemployment to the G-8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.
Cosponsoring international conferences on key threat reduction issues with foreign partner organizations.

Informing Policymakers and the Public
Providing timely information to the public, press, and political leaders through reports and programmatic analyses, budget and congressional updates and analyses, and an e-mail news service.
Developing and maintaining relationships with university-based technical experts to help strengthen policy arguments and facilitate the transfer of important technical analysis to policymakers.

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