Greg Webb, IAEA
What Price Nuclear Governance? Funding the International Atomic Energy Agency
Series: Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
March 24, 2016
|Speaker:||Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom|
Like other international organizations the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) needs sustained funding to fulfill its mandate. But unlike most other multilateral organizations the IAEAís tasks are vital to international security. Witness its role in verifying Iranís compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA). Or its assistance to Japan in assessing and remediating the effects of the Fukushima disaster. Or its contribution to nuclear security, increasingly important as the end of the nuclear security summit process looms later this month.
In this MTA seminar, Trevor Findlay will present the findings of a two-year MTA study, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, of how the IAEA is funded and how it might be funded in the future. His report considers critical questions facing the IAEAís budget and finance: whether funding is sufficient for the Agency to carry out its core functions; whether increasing reliance on voluntary funding is appropriate; whether the budgetary process is as effective as it might be; whether the current funding system is equitable and appropriate; whether the Gordian knot between technical cooperation and nuclear safeguards and security can and should be broken through a grand budgetary bargain; and whether alternative funding sources besides member states can be tapped.
Trevor Findlay is an MTA Associate. Formerly a Senior Research Fellow of MTA and the International Security Program, he is currently a Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia, and an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is a member of the UN Secretary-Generalís Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.
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