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The Nuclear Policy Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint initiative between the Partnership for Global Security, and the U.S. Korea Institute at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The NPLI is designed to help develop human resource capacity in the nuclear field, through graduate level engagement and exchange with international experts on nuclear policy and technology issues. It is a two-track project, offering both an executive-level program for working professionals currently in the nuclear field, and a graduate-level program for students interested in entering the nuclear field equipped with both policy and technical knowledge.

Each program is structured to specifically suit the needs of its participants. Its contents draws on the expertise from dozens of seasoned nuclear policy professionals, including from the U.S. national laboratories, top universities and nuclear industry practitioners. The program aims to focus on the practice of policy, rather than theory or academic research. It aims to expose program participants to how the nuclear policy community in the US functions.

Two NPLI pilot programs have been hosted in Washington D.C. in November 2015 and January 2016. These executive-level and graduate-level pilots focused on building human resource capacity and policy exchange specifically in the Republic of Korea (ROK).