Kenneth N. Luongo and Sarah Williams
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Beginning in 2010, more than 50 world leaders have met three times as part of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process. The NSS was proposed by U.S. President Obama in his 2009 speech in Prague, and it has resulted in the steady, incremental improvement of global nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism. The likely final summit will be held in Washington in 2016.
Two major themes of the summit process have been national commitments to security improvements and enhancement of international cooperation on nuclear security. One of the major achievements of the summits that serves both of these objectives is the creation of nuclear security Centers of Excellence (CoEs).
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