Council for a Livable World

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Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating the U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons. It strives for "progressive national security policies and helping elect congressional candidates who support them."[1] The Council was founded in 1962 as the Council for Abolishing War by Hungarian nuclear physicist Leó Szilárd.[2] Its research arm, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, provides research to members of Congress and their staff.

Policy influence and lobbying[edit]

Every election cycle, the Council endorses congressional candidates who are arms control advocates and who support the Council's outlook on national security issues. Since its inception, the Council has helped elect 120 U.S. arms control advocates to the Senate and 203 to the House of Representatives. Council supporters raised over $1.3 million in 2010. Candidates seeking endorsements are required to answer questionnaires on issues and to defend their positions in interviews. The Council endorses candidates for the House of Representatives through PeacePAC. The Council endorsed both President Barack Obama[3] and Vice President Joe Biden[4] in their first runs for U.S. Senate seats.

The Council has influenced U.S. arms control and national security policies for almost fifty years by working on or supporting several issues including:

Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award[edit]

In 1970, Father Robert Drinan became the first Roman Catholic priest to be elected to the United States Congress. He served five terms as a congressman before an edict by Pope John Paul II instructed all Catholic priests to withdraw from electoral politics.

Since 2006, Council for a Livable World and its research center and sister organization, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, present the Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award to individuals who exemplify the late Father Drinan's commitment to peace and human justice.[12] The award broadly focuses on U.S. politics, political science, physical science, biology, peace studies, and peace and human rights activism.

Board of directors[edit]


  • Lt. General Robert Gard (ret. USA) PhD, Chairman of the Board, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Angela Canterbury, Executive Director



  1. ^ "OneWorld: where the good guys gang up". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  2. ^ Hawkins, Helen S. / Greb, G. Allen / Szilard, Gertrud Weiss, Eds (1987). Toward a Livable World: Leo Szilard and the Crusade for Nuclear Arms Control. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-19260-8. 
  3. ^ Broad, William J. and Sanger, David E. (July 4, 2009). "Obama's Youth Shaped His Nuclear-Free Vision". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Witcover, Jules (2010). Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption. William Morrow. ISBN 0061791989. 
  5. ^ "20-year battle on chemical weapons is over". The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 46 (6). July–August 1990. 
  6. ^ "START makes sense despite oversell". The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 46 (5). June 1990. 
  7. ^ Megan Scully, Dan Friedman and Aamer Madhani (December 20, 2010). "New START Shows Signs of Life in Senate". National Journal. 
  8. ^ Grossman, Elaine. "Treaty Battle May Presage Key GOP Senator's National Security Role". Global Security Newswire. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Banning Chemical Weapons". Technology Review 93 (7): 32–40. October 1990. 
  10. ^ Isaacs, John (September 13, 1990). "Second Invasion: Arms Salesmen Cash In". St. Louis Post Dispatch. 
  11. ^ Isaacs, John (September 26, 1990). "Resist the Rush to Buy More Arms". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  12. ^ "Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award". 

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