Former Senator Nunn Receives Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit in Munich
Enlarge image Foreign Minister Westerwelle presented the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit to former Senator Sam Nunn in Munich. (© Photothek / Trutschel) Former US Senator Sam Nunn, co-chair and CEO of the anti-proliferation Nuclear Threat Initiative, has been awarded the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his decades-long commitment to nuclear disarmament and for his instrumental contributions to securing peace and stability in Europe. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle presented Nunn with the award, which was bestowed by Federal President Joachim Gauck, at a reception on the margins of the Munich Security Conference on February 1 in the presence of German Ambassador to the US Peter Ammon.
Nunn, who served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1987 to 1995, founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in 2001 with Ted Turner to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
Enlarge image German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, US Vice President Joe Biden, Sam Nunn, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Munich on February 1 (© Photothek / Trutschel) It is thanks to Nunn’s commitment as a long-time participant in the Munich Security Conference that the delegation from the US Senate is today an inherent part of the world’s most important security conference.
It is in Germany’s interest to honor and strengthen in his actions a man who beyond any ideology has worked on and will continue to work on a balancing of the forces needed to secure peace in Europe and has thereby become a powerful advocate for German foreign and security policy interests.