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Coping with Uncertainty in International Verification: The IAEA and Safeguards Conclusions

Angra 1 nuclear power plant, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, November 21, 2008.
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Coping with Uncertainty in International Verification: The IAEA and Safeguards Conclusions

Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 18, 2016
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kalman A. Robertson, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Related Projects: International Security, Managing the Atom, Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Description:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for verifying the exclusively peaceful use of nuclear materials and facilities in almost every state in the world. IAEA safeguards have evolved over time in recognition that a progressively broader approach to verification is required to ensure the validity of the Agency's conclusions regarding the compliance or non-compliance of each state with its safeguards agreement. However, the IAEA still confronts a number of forms of limited cooperation, poor safeguards performance, or ambiguous nuclear behavior by states.

How does the IAEA reach the conclusion that a state is in "non-compliance" with safeguards and thereby alert the international community to the possibility that the state is (or was) seeking to acquire nuclear weapons? This seminar will examine how the IAEA has drawn safeguards conclusions in past cases. It will recommend modifications to the IAEA's reporting procedures to enhance the credibility of its safeguards conclusions and improve opportunities for the timely resolution of compliance issues.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Contact:

ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53 Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
Email: susan_lynch@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-496-1981
Fax: 617-495-8963
Url: http://www.belfercenter.org/ISP/