Monday, June 12, 2023

Dozens With Nuclear Weapons Interests Funding Think Tanks

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has just published a new report entitled "Wasted: 2022 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending," which notes that nuclear weapon-producing companies, nuclear-armed governments, and those in nuclear alliances spent $21-36 million in 2022 funding ten of the most prominent think tanks researching and writing about nuclear weapons in nuclear-armed states.

Here is the ICAN list showing think tank funding from companies, governments, and alliances that produce and support nuclear weapons:

  • Atlantic Council: $4,180,000 - $7,419,974
  • Brookings Institution: $2,460,000 - $4,794,984
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: $2,020,000 - $4,499,986
  • Chatham House: No amount publicly available
  • Center for a New American Security (CNAS): $2,710,001 - $4,729,975
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): $2,590,000 - $3,829,987
  • Hudson Institute: $375,000 - $469,999
  • Observer Research Foundation: $888,106
  • Royal United Services Institute (RUSI): $2,488,409 - $5,431,512
  • Stimson Center: $3,296,369

Of those amounts, $5 million - $9 million is from companies, and $16 - $27 million is from governments.  The report outlines the numerous governments and firms that give to these think tanks.

ICAS says that throughout 2022, nuclear weapon-producing companies and countries in nuclear alliances did their best to sell deterrence by funding think tanks and lobbyists.  

"Board members at nuclear weapons producing companies played an integral role in keeping the money flowing to weapons of mass destruction - sitting on boards of banks that lend to them and major think tanks researching and writing about nuclear weapons," says ICAS.

In related news, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its annual assessment of of the state of armaments, disarmament, and international security.