Governments and societies need to find ways of ensuring their security other than through coercive intimidation and military aggression, especially when nuclear weapons are involved. The risks and consequences of failure are too great. The costs of seeking unilateral security are unnecessarily high.
Common Security systems seek to establish cooperatively enforced rules for managing military interactions on a regional, and in some cases global, basis. In a Common Security system, military forces are primarily defensive rather than offensive, and countries put a premium on reassuring one another in verifiable ways that they are not planning for military aggression.
The foundation supports movement toward such Common Security in regions (listed at left) with potential for nuclear conflict.