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Trevor Findlay

Trevor Findlay

Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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Email: trevor_findlay@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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May 11, 2016

"Sustaining the nuclear watchdog with a grand budgetary bargain"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake struck the east coast of Japan. Fifty-six minutes later the seismic safety experts at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that the event, and its accompanying tsunami, could damage nuclear power plants in the region. The Agency’s Incident and Emergency Centre was activated, declared to be in “full response mode” and staffed continuously 24 hours a day for the following 54 days. Approximately 200 agency personnel were diverted from their normal activities to the Fukushima disaster response, keeping in touch with Japanese authorities, advising concerned member states and coordinating offers of assistance. Fukushima-related activities ended up consuming all unencumbered funding in the agency’s safety and security budget for 2012 as well as requiring a one-off transfer of funds from other major programs. This incident illustrates graphically the hand-to-mouth existence of what is popularly known as the “nuclear watchdog.”...

 

 

Greg Webb / IAEA

March 24, 2016

What Price Nuclear Governance? Funding the International Atomic Energy Agency

Report

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Trevor Findlay proposes a grand bargain to address the IAEA’s longstanding funding challenges. The report considers critical questions facing the Agency’s budget and finance, and concludes that funding is insufficient for the Agency to carry out its core functions; increasing reliance on voluntary funding is problematic; the budget negotiation process is not as effective or streamlined as it should be; and the current funding system is inequitable and inappropriate given changes in the nuclear industry since the IAEA was founded. Findlay recommends a number of steps to cut the Gordian knot between the funding of technical cooperation, nuclear safeguards, and nuclear security and break the impasse on IAEA funding.

 

 

October 20, 2015

Proliferation Alert! The IAEA and Non-Compliance Reporting

Report

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

In this new report, Trevor Findlay provides the first comprehensive study of the IAEA's handling of states not complying with their non-proliferation obligations. The report finds that none of the cases have followed the non-compliance process outlined in the Agency's Statute and safeguards agreements. Rather, each case has posed unique challenges to the non-proliferation regime. The report concludes that creativity and deft statecraft are key to the handling of complex non-compliance cases.

 

 

December 23, 2014

Senior Research Fellow Trevor Findlay Speaks on Nuclear Safeguards at IAEA Symposium

News

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

On October 21, 2014, Trevor Findlay, senior research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom, chaired a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's quadrennial Symposium on International Safeguards held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna. In addition to chairing the session on "Performance Management in Non-profit Organizations," he also presented a paper with a powerpoint slides on IAEA nuclear safeguards culture, "IAEA Safeguards Culture: 'Candy Concept' or Powerful Prism?"

 

 

October 21, 2014

"IAEA Safeguards Culture: 'Candy Concept' or Powerful Prism?"

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Trevor Findlay, senior research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom, presented a paper at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Symposium on International Safeguards in Vienna. The paper was on IAEA nuclear safeguards culture.

 

 

October 1, 2014

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

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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.

 

 

March 13, 2013

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

Presentation

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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.

 

 

June 2012

Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA

Report

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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.

 

 

AP Photo

June 2012

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

Policy Brief

By Trevor Findlay, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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.

 
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We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.