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Improving the Security of All Nuclear Materials

On 20 September 2016 the VCDNP hosted the presentation of a report entitled “Improving the security of all nuclear materials: Legal, political, and institutional options to advance international oversight,” produced by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the James Martin Center for Nonproliferaton Studies (CNS) and the VCDNP.

Over 80% of the nuclear materials in the world are in non-civilian programmes. Yet coordinated global efforts to enhance the security of nuclear materials have been almost exclusively concentrated on the remaining percentage of nuclear materials used in the civilian sector. The report argues that strengthening the security of all weapons-usable nuclear materials is of international concern, and suggests ways in which this can be achieved. The report was introduced by Mark Fitzpatrick, Project Co-Director and Executive Director, IISS-Americas, and Elena Sokova, Project Co-Director and Deputy Director of CNS.

The report was commissioned by the Government of Switzerland.

Download the PDF version of the report.