Nuclear Crisis Group

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.

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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu
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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Military Commander

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yao Yunzhu

Military Commander

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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.