Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.

It is affiliated with the United for Peace and Justice.[1]


Our vision is a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons.[2]


To educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons and to empower peace leaders.[3]

Guiding Principles

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation serves as a source of hope and inspiration, and promotes active engagement in the creation of a just and peaceful world in which:

  • Conflicts are settled equitably and without violence;
  • Security is based on meeting human needs, preserving the environment and ensuring the rights of future generations;
  • Human dignity is respected and human rights are universally upheld and advanced; and
  • International, national and local institutions and legal structures support these aims.[4]

Core Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation and passion for its vision, mission and goals
  • Open communications
  • Honest and caring dialogue
  • Listening with patience and attentiveness
  • Gratitude and appreciation in all endeavors
  • Shameless idealism
  • Striving for excellence
  • Honoring every stakeholder
  • Dedication to seeing the job through
  • Consistency of word and deed
  • Teamwork and cooperation[5]

Current and Past Accomplishments

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:

  • Is a designated consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and was named by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization;
  • Co-founded and provided early leadership to the Abolition 2000 Global Network, made up of over 2,000 organizations and municipalities seeking a multilateral treaty banning nuclear weaponry;
  • Inspired a petition drive in Japan that resulted in over 13 million signatures being gathered on the Abolition 2000 International Petition – later submitted these signatures to the chair of the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN;
  • Co-founded the Middle Powers Initiative, a coalition of seven international organizations working with “middle power” governments toward a global nuclear disarmament agenda (MPI holds annual consultations and sends delegations to participating nations);
  • Participates in the five-year Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conferences and/or Preparatory Committee meetings (which take place between Review Conferences);
  • Prepares policy briefs on the NPT’s progress for State delegates, members of Congress and UN Missions, one of which has been translated and published in Russia;
  • Through its annual International Law Symposium, played a leadership role in establishing a coalition of civil society organizations working to establish a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity;
  • Created and maintains several websites, including, a compendium of educational and research information on the Nuclear Age visited by more than 1 million visitors annually and recently made part of a National Science Foundation educational consortium entitled Nuclear Pathways;
  • Sponsored and organized four regional conferences around the world on regional nuclear dangers, missile proliferation, ballistic missile defenses and policy alternatives in cooperation with the International Network of Scientists and Engineers Against Proliferation;
  • Among other events, sponsored and hosted a first-of-its-kind six-day National Youth Conference on nuclear issues at UCSB in August 2005 with some 50 young people attending (part of our national youth outreach program established in 2000);
  • Established an office in Washington, DC in April 2005 to better advocate an arms control and nuclear disarmament agenda and, in consultation with policymakers, help craft legislation toward such a national agenda;
  • Has honored outstanding peace leaders for 24 years, including His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Captain Jacques Cousteau, King Hussein of Jordan, Walter Cronkite, and, in 2005, Daniel Ellsberg;
  • Has assembled a world class Advisory Council, including many Nobel Peace Laureates; and
  • Has created a national and international network of affiliates, associates and representatives at the United Nations, in Latin America, Africa, Asia and in North America.[6]

Courting Feinstein


Transition and new potential were the key words for our Washington, DC operation in 2008.The Foundation decided to concentrate its resources in a new, flexible approach to impacting government policy and legislation – emphasizing rapid responses to issues as they arise.

In 2009, the key to our success will be fresh access to key policymakers provided by experienced Washington consultants, which we have engaged to help us with Congressional and Executive Branch outreach.

We also plan to continue to grow our Turn the Tide Campaign (see opposite page) so thatindividual voices can directly influence the decision-making process in the U.S. capital.

In May 2008, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability presented Senator Dianne Feinstein with an award for introducing the Nuclear Policy and Posture Review Act of 2007 (S. 1914), which requires nuclear policy and posture reviews that consider international nuclear disarmament obligations. The bill also calls for public input and declassified versions of the reports. Left to right: Nickolas Roth (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Senator Dianne Feinstein, Marie Rietmann (Women’s Action for New Directions), Paul Kawika Martin (Peace Action), Alfred Meyer (Alliance for Nuclear Accountability).


As of 2011;[7]

Board of Directors

As of 2011;[8]

  • Richard Falk, J.S.D., Chair, is Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Mark Hamilton, Vice Chair, is a retired educator and community leader.
  • David Krieger, J.D., Ph.D., President, is a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. He is an attorney, political scientist and the author of many studies on achieving peace in the nuclear age.
  • Peter R. MacDougall, Ed.D., Vice President, is President Emeritus of Santa Barbara City College.
  • Steve Parry, Treasurer, is a partner in NGEN Management LLC, a “cleantech” venture capital firm investing in technology that positively affects the environment.
  • Laurie Ashton, J.D., is an attorney and founding partner of Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara.
  • Mary Becker is a peace activist and producer of the documentary Original Child Bomb.
  • Jill Dexter is a community and civic activist and a former owner and manager of an advertising production company.
  • Diandra M. Douglas is an independent producer of award-winning documentary films and a Trustee of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Anna Grotenhuis, J.D., is a Board Member of the Westmont College Foundation and a community activist.
  • Jimmy H. Hara, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.
  • Peter O. Haslund, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former director of the Global and International Studies Program at Santa Barbara City College.
  • Sue Hawes, J.D., is a retired attorney and mediator.
  • George Haynes, Ph.D., is a leadership, organizational and communication consultant.
  • Chris Pizzinat is Deputy Director of Development at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Selma Rubin is an advocate of civil liberties and has helped to found several environmental, peace, and political organizations.
  • Lessie Nixon Schontzler, J.D., is a retired attorney active in civic affairs with a special interest in international relations.
  • Imaging Spence is a designer and a founder of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free.


As of 2011;[9] Robert C. Aldridge

Advisory Council

As of 2011;[10]

  • Hafsat Abiola is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children in Africa.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau is President of Ocean Futures, and an ocean explorer, film maker, and educator.
  • Michael Douglas is an award-winning film producer and actor, and a United Nations Peace Messenger.
  • Shirin Ebadi, J.D. is a human rights activist and a founder of the Nobel Women's Initiative.
  • Anne H. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is a Stanford professor and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
  • Riane Eisler, J.D. is an author, social scientist and lawyer.
  • Daniel Ellsberg, Ph.D. is a former U.S. national security advisor who released the Pentagon Papers.
  • Johan Galtung, Dr. hc mult is founder of the Oslo Peace Research Institute and of Transcend.
  • Jane Goodall Ph.D, DBE is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
  • Bianca Jagger is the Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador for Human Rights and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.
  • Marc Kielburger, J.D., is Executive Director of Kids Can Free the Children.
  • H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and a Nobel Peace Laureate.
  • Robert Jay Lifton is a research psychiatrist, acclaimed author and founder of the field of psychohistory.
  • Judith Mayotte, Ph.D. is a refugee advocate and Visiting Professor at the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and the University of the Western Cape.
  • John Polanyi is a professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto and a Nobel Laureate.
  • Queen Noor of Jordan is Patron of the Landmine Survivors Network and Chair of the King Hussein Foundation.
  • Admiral L. Ramdas is former Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy and proponent of nuclear weapons abolition.
  • Rev. George Regas is a long-time leader of interfaith movements for peace, justice and nuclear disarmament.
  • Gerry Spence, J.D. is an internationally recognized trial lawyer and author.
  • Noel (Paul) Stookey is a singer, songwriter and activist, performing with the legendary folk group Peter, Paul & Mary.
  • Ted Turner, founder of CNN, is a key financial supporter of the United Nations and founder of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
  • Archbishop [Desmond M. Tutu]] is the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and a Nobel Peace Laureate.
  • Judge C.G. Weeramantry is a former vice president of the International Court of Justice.

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