NGO Web Sites

The following web sites will connect you with a primary selection of American and European NGO's specializing in nonproliferation and export control issues. The organizations listed below are all united in a common security goal: opposition to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their potential dual-use precursors. The strategic approach of different NGO's to combating proliferation varies slightly, but is concentrated in the areas of research, analysis, consulting, training, tracking, exposing, informing, and problem solving. Collectively, their efforts are producing positive results in export and security arenas. Their individual contributions can be accessed through the links below.


Center for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia - Researching and teaching trade technologies and security issues. The full range of the Center’s programs encompasses arms control, nuclear security, regional security, U.S./Russia relations and U.S./India relations. The Center conducts several projects that aim to illuminate potential responses to the problem of weapons proliferation, many of which are related to the issue of export control. They include National Export Control Evaluations, U.S. Industry Evaluations, Export Control Regime Evaluations, and an Export Control Database Project, which serves as an international information source for the government, academic, nongovernmental and wider policy making communities. The geographic scope of the Center’s activities includes Russia/NIS, Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies - Combating the spread of WMD through training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists. CNS is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues. It has a full-time staff of more than 40 specialists and over 70 graduate student research assistants located in offices in Monterey, California, Washington, DC, and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Four different research programs support the Center's mission by training graduate students, building a worldwide community of nonproliferation experts, publishing both on-line and print resources on all aspects of WMD, providing background material to the media, and creating seminars and on-line tutorials to be used by high school and college instructors and the general public. These research endeavors are the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program, the International Organization and Nonproliferation Program, the Newly Independent States Nonproliferation Program, and the East Asia Nonproliferation Program. The Center's two latter programs publish region-specific newsletters: NIS Export Control Observer and NIS Asian Export Control Observer.

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) - Informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. In its report, "Roadmap to Responsible Export Controls: Learning from the Past," ISIS addresses the issue of illicit procurement and the problems facing companies in creating effective internal systems to prevent illegal sales of sensitive nuclear or nuclear-related equipment, materials, or technology. Through this and other articles and reports on the web site, ISIS endeavors to assist those who want to “develop and foster an export-control culture."

Nuclear Threat Initiative - Highlighting the degree of threat from WMD the world faces by providing summaries of the nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and missile programs of select countries. The NTI plays an active role in the dissemination of the latest information on the efforts to counter WMD proliferation. The web site offers news and information on NTI’s own initiatives within the nonproliferation community and promotes citizen involvement to help stop the spread of WMD.

The Stimson Center - Offering practical solutions to problems of national and international security. The Henry L. Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Its section on Export Controls provides news and information as well as links to the Internet’s preeminent U.S. government and non-governmental sites in support of export control and related issues.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – Export Controls - Raising the quality of information and awareness of the current state of national and multilateral export control systems in Europe. SIPRI offers insights in to national arms export controls, multilateral export control regimes, and international organizations providing support to control efforts.

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control - Slowing the spread of WMD by investigating transfers of nuclear and missile related technology. The Project is the developer of The Risk Report, which provides the latest unclassified intelligence on weapons of mass destruction programs worldwide. The Project has been investigating sales of proliferation-related technology for more than seventeen years and has identified thousands of buyers linked to mass destruction weapon and missile proliferation. Two programs, Iran Watch and Iraq Watch, are comprehensive web sites devoted to tracking mass destruction weapons in the respective countries. By tracking and exposing the movement of weapons and dual-use goods, the Project has help to form export control policy worldwide.