Matthew Bunn is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Eben Harrell is a research associate with the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard Kennedy School and a Boston-based stringer for TIME. They are co-authors of two recent reports about nuclear terrorism: Progress on Securing Nuclear Weapons and Materials: The Four-Year Effort and Beyond and Consolidation: Thwarting Nuclear Theft. Both are published by the Belfer Center and are available as part of the center’s Nuclear Security Summit dossier at www.nuclearsummit.org.
The United States and Russia bear a special responsibility for the world’s nuclear security. Can they live up to it?