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Trevor Findlay

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Trevor Findlay

Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

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Telephone: 617-384-8061
Fax: 617-496-0606
Email: trevor_findlay@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Trevor Findlay is a professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is a former Australian diplomat, with a doctorate in international affairs from the Australian National University. His current research focuses on global nuclear governance. His report on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog, was published in 2012 by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada. He is currently directing several follow-on projects, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, on strengthening and reform of the IAEA, for the Belfer Center's Managing the Atom Project. Dr Findlay's most recent book is Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Nonproliferation (London: Routledge, 2011). Professor Findlay was appointed to the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in 2013.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

October 1, 2014

"The IAEA’s Nuclear Safeguards Culture: ‘Candy Concept’ or Powerful Prism?"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

On October 1, 2014, MTA/ISP Senior Research Fellow Trevor Findlay presented "The IAEA’s Nuclear Safeguards Culture: ‘Candy Concept’ or Powerful Prism?" as part of the Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series.

 

 

March 11, 2014

"Beyond Nuclear Summitry: The Role of the IAEA in Nuclear Security Diplomacy After 2016"

Discussion Paper

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

There has been much speculation as to what might replace the Nuclear Security Summits after 2016. One candidate touted as a suitable inheritor of the summits’ mantle is the International Atomic Energy Agency. In this discussion paper, Trevor Findlay examines whether and to what extent the IAEA could and should do so, what form its role might take, and how the Agency and summiteers might prepare for such an eventuality.

 

2013

November 21, 2013

"Disarming Syria: The Chemical Weapons Challenge"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations are undertaking an unprecedented operation in Syria: disarming a country of a particular type of weaponry in the midst of a civil war. Professor Findlay discussed the issue in the context of the overlapping legal, institutional, technical, and political demands being made of Syria and the prospects for success of the operation.

 

 

March 13, 2013

"The Evolution of the IAEA: Using Nuclear Crises as Windows of Opportunity (or Not)"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

This seminar considered how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reacted to nuclear crises. The IAEA often appears not just to have weathered such crises, but to have successfully leaped through windows of opportunity presented by them. This has resulted in periodic expansions of its mandate, capabilities, and resources. The 2011 Fukushima disaster appears to be a puzzling exception, raising the question of what concatenation of factors needs to be present for the IAEA to take advantage of nuclear crises.

 

2012

June 2012

Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA

Report

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

This report marks the culmination of a two-year research project that examined all aspects of the mandate and operations of the International Atomic Energy Agency, from major programs on safeguards, safety, security, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy to governance, management, and finance.

 

 

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June 2012

"Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA"

Policy Brief

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

Published along with the report Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA — the result of more than two years of research  and examining all aspects of the Agency's mandate and operations this policy brief summarizes the report's key findings and policy recommendations for strengthening and reforming the IAEA.

 

 

March 2012

Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Non-proliferation

Book

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

This timely book examines comprehensively the drivers of and constraints on a prospective nuclear revival and its likely nature and scope. Of special interest are developing countries which aspire to have nuclear energy and which currently lack the infrastructure, experience, and regulatory structures to successfully manage such a major industrial enterprise. The Fukushima disaster has made such considerations even more pertinent: if a technologically sophisticated country like Japan has difficulties dealing with nuclear safety and security how much harder would it be for a newcomer to the technology.

 

 

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March 29, 2012

"The IAEA and Fukushima: Best Laid Plans, Reality Checks, and Doing It Better Next Time"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

Professor Findlay analyzed the response of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the March 2011 nuclear reactor disaster at Fukushima, Japan. He compared the expectations that the Agency, its member states, and other nuclear stakeholders had of the IAEA's role in such a situation with the harsh reality. Drawing on these insights, he suggested possibilities for strengthening the Agency's capacities for handling the next Fukushima.

 

2011

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October 25, 2011

"Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the International Atomic Energy Agency"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

Professor Findlay presented preliminary findings of his research on how the paramount global governance body in the nuclear field is fulfilling its mandate and how it might be strengthened and reformed. While addressing the confounding political and structural constraints under which the International Atomic Energy Agency operates, the main focus of the talk was on steps that the Agency itself can take to improve its performance.

 

 

October 18, 2011

"Designing Nuclear Disarmament: The Verification and Compliance Challenges"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

Professor Trevor Findlay spoke at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the verification and compliance challenges of nuclear disarmament on October 18, 2011.

 

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