The Issues

The Simons Foundation actively promotes positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law and human security.

The threat of intentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons, the potential arms race in the environmentally sensitive Arctic, the weaponization of space and the threat of genocide are grave challenges of peace and security today and the current primary focus of The Simons Foundation.

Since 1985, The Simons Foundation has initiated, encouraged, and participated in research and the dissemination of knowledge in the issues of nuclear disarmament, space security, Arctic security, the prevention of genocide and disarmament education.

 

The Issues

Learn more about our key areas of interest:

The existence of nuclear weapons poses the single greatest threat to humanity today.
Climate change, the melting icecaps and new opportunities for access to valuable resources has reawakened interest in the Arctic.
The three major issues that threaten the security of space are weaponization, space debris and the overcrowding of orbits.
Genocide is, at its core, the crime of seeking to destroy a national, racial, religious or ethnic group as such, in whole or in part.
In an age where a world war involving nuclear weapons could eliminate the entire human species, disarmament education is a necessary and invaluable tool for change.