Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Proliferation Security Initiative PSI is now 2 years old. Initially, 11 nations pledged their cooperation in interdicting shipments of weapons of mass destruction-related WMD materials. More than 60 nations now support PSI. Many observers believe PSIs strengthened political commitment of like-minded states to follow through is a successful approach to countering proliferation, although details about PSI are sketchy. The 109th Congress has introduced five bills supporting PSI. In June 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that PSI successfully halted 11 incidents of WMD-related transfers since 2004. The 109th Congress has introduced five different bills and resolutions that call for strengthening and expanding PSI S.Con.Res. 36, H.Con.Res. 133, S.Con.Res. 40, H.R. 422, and H.R. 665. This report describes the objectives and methods of PSI and the kinds of cooperation that it has engendered among nations. An appendix contains the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles. The report will be updated as needed.
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