Striving For A Safer World Since 1945

FAS Welcomes New Senior Fellow: Dr. Michael A. Fisher

Dr. Michael A. Fisher has joined FAS as a Senior Fellow. He is both a molecular biologist and citizen scientist, his expertise at the intersection of science and policy. Read his bio. 

Kim Jong Un's Warning to Trump

FAS Adjunct Senior Fellow Ankit Panda writes for POLITICO Magazine on Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s Day speech: “In two words, Kim’s message for the United States: ‘Your turn.'” 

FAS President's Op-Ed among The Bulletin's Best of 2018

President Ali Nouri and Shahram Seyedin-Noor‘s op-ed on synthetic biology’s potential and risks was among the best pieces on disruptive technologies for The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 2018. 

FAS Research Associate Publishes in Nonproliferation Review

FAS Research Associate Matt Korda explores historical case studies in Nonproliferation Review, concluding: the best way to prevent allies from pursuing nuclear weapons is to combine assurance with coercion. 

Striving for a Safer World since 1945

In November 1945, the Federation of Atomic Scientists was founded by Manhattan Project scientists who helped construct the first atomic bombs.

These scientists were united by the credo that all scientists, engineers, and other technically-trained thinkers have an ethical obligation to ensure the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind.

Today, the Federation of American Scientists continues to strengthen its network of experts and thinkers to uphold its mission established in 1945: strive to make the world a safer, more informed place.

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