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Seeking Nuclear Security Through Greater International Coordination

An IIGG Working Paper

Authors: Jack Boureston, Managing Director, FirstWatch International, and Tanya Ogilvie-White, Senior Lecturer, International Relations, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Seeking Nuclear Security Through Greater International Coordination - seeking-nuclear-security-through-greater-international-coordination

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date March 2010

24 pages

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In April 2009, U.S. president Barack Obama identified nuclear terrorism as the gravest threat to the United States. But debates in the main decision-making bodies in Vienna and New York reveal strong resistance to measures that would strengthen the nuclear security regime. This International Institutions and Global Governance program Working Paper by Jack Boureston and Tanya Ogilvie-White offers suggestions to strengthen the nuclear security regime and achieve the four-year goal set by President Obama to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world. The paper concludes that the time-consuming task of forging international consensus will be essential to preventing what Graham Allison has called "the ultimate preventable catastrophe"—a nuclear terrorist attack.

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Jack Boureston is managing director of FirstWatch International, a nongovernmental research group focusing on civilian nuclear developments, nuclear nonproliferation, and export controls.

Tanya Ogilvie-White is a senior lecturer in international relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her research, teaching, and diplomatic activities focus on nonproliferation, disarmament, and nuclear security.

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