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Right after I graduated, I interned with the Arms Control Association. It was terrific.

– George Stephanopolous
Host of ABC's This Week
January 1, 2005
2020 Arms Control Person of the Year Nominees Announced



Since 2007, the independent, nongovernmental Arms Control Association has nominated individuals and institutions that have, in the previous 12 months, advanced effective arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament solutions and raised awareness of the threats posed by mass casualty weapons.

In a field that is often focused on grave threats and negative developments, our Arms Control Person(s) of the Year contest aims to highlight several positive initiatives—some large, some small—designed to advance peace and security.

This year's nominees are listed below. All of the nominees have, in their own way, provided important leadership that helped reduce weapons-related security dangers during the past year.

A full list of previous winners is available here.

The ballot and list of 2020 nominees is available at armscontrol.org/acpoy.

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Voting will take place between December 22, 2020 and January 13, 2021. The results will be announced on January 15, 2021. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #ACPOY2020.

The 2020 nominees are:

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Special Recognition

The pursuit of effective arms control comes in many forms. In this most unusual year of 2020, the Arms Control Association also wishes to note these important efforts:

  • The Mayors and the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, helped the world and the remaining Hibakusha observe the solemn 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of their cities and amplify appeals for action toward the prohibition and elimination all nuclear weapons.
  • The untold numbers of people working in the corridors, offices, and in the field in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic for national governments, the United Nations, and intergovernmental organizations, including the IAEA, CTBTO, and OPCW, in the service of peace and international security. Special appreciation also goes out to the work of the technical and support personnel involved in treaty verification and monitoring and demining under even more difficult conditions than usual.

For everyone who has contributed to a safer world, we thank you and wish you good health.

* Rep. Paul Gosar, previously nominated, has disqualified himself from consideration for his tacit support of the Jan. 6. violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.