Risks and Fragmentation: Challenges and Strategies for Nuclear Policy Advocacy

InsightsIt is often said that while the number of nuclear weapons has decreased since the height of the Cold War, the risk of nuclear weapons use has increased. Yet as countries and multilateral institutions work to roll back rising nuclear dangers, the broader nuclear policy field often struggles to maintain focus and promote unifying strategies for addressing these dangers. This reflects a fragmented nuclear policy community, partially due to siloed expertise and competing prioritization of the risks.

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Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and other Radioactive Material

vertic illicit traffickingThis report represents the outcome of research conducted by VERTIC into the international legal framework currently in place to address the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. This research has aimed to identify what activities are covered by existing prohibitions. In doing so, it intends to provide a clear overview of the current state of legal instruments underpinning the fight against illicit trafficking of these materials.

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Strengthening Global Nuclear Governance

Issues 120Motivated in large part by climate change and the need for carbon-free energy sources, governments and companies around the world are pushing to revive nuclear energy. Developed and developing countries alike have expressed interest. For developing countries, however, building a nuclear power plant can be particularly problematic, both for the countries and the world overall.

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Are States Boycotting the Nuclear Weapon Ban Negotiations Violating Their NPT Commitments?

NTI article2Nearly a half-century ago, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), today the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime, was opened for signature. It entered into force in 1970 and the central covenant was this: states without nuclear weapons will not seek to acquire them and states with nuclear weapons will pursue disarmament.

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DPRK’s Yongbyon 5MWe Reactor

5MWeAlthough North Korea told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  the reactor would be used for electricity generation, experts were skeptical and suspected a possible military purpose as the reactor’s design can easily produce weapons-grade plutonium. These suspicions were confirmed when North Korea announced its nuclear weapons in 2005 and conducted its first test in 2006.

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