NATO and Russia. North Korea and the United States. India and Pakistan. The United States and China. These tense international relationships share one thing in common: each has the potential to quickly worsen into military confrontation that could spark the use of nuclear weapons. Each is a Cuban Missile Crisis in the making.

Confronted for the first time with multiple flashpoints that could go nuclear with little or no warning, the world is in uncharted waters. To help steer us safely through these dangers, Global Zero launched the Nuclear Crisis Group, a crack team of top former nuclear commanders, diplomats, and national security experts who monitor these volatile situations and put forward actionable plans to defuse them — and prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi
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Japan

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi

Military Commander

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi

Military Commander

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Japan

Retired Lieutenant General Noboru Yamaguchi is currently a professor of military history and strategy at the National Defense Academy of Japan. He previously served as senior defense attaché at the Japanese Embassy in the United States, as deputy commandant of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) Aviation School, as director for Research of the Ground Research and Development Command (GRDC), and as vice president of the National Institute for Defense Studies. Since 2006, he served as the commanding general of the JGSDF Research and Development Command until his retirement from active duty in December 2008. Yamaguchi has published extensively on Japanese defense policy, strategy and security relationships with China and the United States.

Yamaguchi is a member of the Nuclear Crisis Group and the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu
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China

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Military Commander

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Military Commander

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China

Major General (ret.) Yao Yunzhu is director of the Center on China-American Defense Relations and senior researcher at the Asia-Pacific Office in the Department of World Studies, both at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Science in China. A prominent analyst of nuclear issues, she has published and translated numerous books and articles on military and security issues. She first joined the PLA in 1970. In 2007, she was elected as a member of the 17th CCP Congress and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Women in China.

Yao is a member of the Nuclear Crisis Group and the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction.

Amb. Chun Yung-woo
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Republic of Korea

Amb. Chun Yung-woo

Diplomat

Amb. Chun Yung-woo

Amb. Chun Yung-woo

Diplomat

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Republic of Korea

Ambassador Chun Yung-woo is a former national security advisor to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. He currently serves a chairman and founder of the Korean Peninsula Future Forum, a nongovernmental organization that analyzes recent trends in northeast Asia and how such developments will affect the future of the Korean peninsula, with the goal of outlining strategies for a unified Korea. From 2009 to 2010, he served as second vice minister of foreign affairs and trade. Prior to that, Chun served as ambassador of South Korea to the United Kingdom, special representative for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs and head of the South Korean delegation to the Six Party Talks.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Zhu Chenghu
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China

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Zhu Chenghu

Military Commander

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Zhu Chenghu

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Zhu Chenghu

Military Commander

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China

Major General Zhu Chenghu is a professor of strategic studies at the National Defense University of China. He has published several books, focusing on Sino-U.S. relations and Asia-Pacific security.

Zhu is a member of the Nuclear Crisis Group and the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction.