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The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs’ Research Professor Janne Nolan Receives $300,000 Grant From Carnegie Corporation of New York

Nolan’s Research to Focus on Building Bipartisan Consensus on Nuclear Security
October 04, 2012

Media Contacts: Taylor Tibbetts
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WASHINGTON – The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs’ (ESIA) Research Professor Janne Nolan has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a project that focuses on building bipartisan consensus on nuclear security. The award particularly supports the project’s programming efforts in 2012-13, bolstering funding for nuclear-focused events on a range of policy, theory and technical issues. It also provides the means to continue convening experts in both the academic and policy communities to share important ideas on threats to nuclear security, most significantly in the case of Iran.

The grant is a renewal of Professor Nolan’s previous Carnegie award that funded similar consensus-building activities at the American Security Project, her affiliation prior to George Washington. ESIA will play a key role in the next phase of the project, offering its unique institutional resources to promote greater understanding.

"Carnegie Corporation's continued support for the project is particularly exciting given the Elliott School's participation—specifically, its contributions to our ongoing efforts to forge a bipartisan nuclear security consensus through informed programming and the mobilization of influential scholars and policymakers,” said Professor Nolan.

 A portion of the award will support the Nuclear Policy Talks, an ESIA event series that has convened more than 200 experts at 75 events over the past two years to discuss appropriate responses to the nuclear threat in the 21st century.

Awarded as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s commitment to efforts that reduce the threat and proliferation of nuclear weapons, the project will focus its educational and outreach efforts on three central goals related to nuclear security: sustaining domestic support for reducing the size and role of U.S. and Russian nuclear programs, as well as promoting greater cooperation and transparency between the two sides; encouraging support for a new pan-European security environment; and promoting both domestic and international consensus on methods to check proliferation challenges, particularly in the case of Iran.

“The standoff with Iran over its disputed nuclear program has increased the demand—particularly within Congress and the Obama Administration—for credible analysis and practical and effective approaches to avoiding military confrontation,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “The Corporation’s grantmaking in its nuclear security program aims to support the experts and institutions that can provide policymakers with the research and know-how needed to help strengthen existing international norms and rules against the spread and use of nuclear weapons and to ensure that fissile material and other components of nuclear weapons are safe, secure, and under international monitoring and supervision.”

About GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top ten in the United States for international affairs by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." Through grantmaking and other activities, the corporation’s investments aim to bring independent expertise to bear on critical security challenges that affect U.S. relations with pivotal powers and create opportunities for engagement between experts and officials from major countries on such issues.