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Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation

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Global efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction WMD have given rise to international regimes that cover nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, respectively. These regimes each have at their core a global treaty the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention BWC, and the Chemical Weapons Convention CWC. Over time, a number of other initiatives have sprung up alongside these treaties. Yet, while a tremendous amount of cooperative activity takes place beyond the core nonproliferation treaties, there is very little research dedicated to a comparative analysis of these efforts. This project addresses this gap in our knowledge by providing the first systematic comparative analysis of cooperative nonproliferation activities beyond the core treaties. It has two goals to identify sources of cooperative nonproliferation activities and to assess the effectiveness of such endeavors. The study utilizes the comparative case study method. Subject matter experts SMEs were recruited to write analyses of specific programs or sets of activities involving international cooperation on WMD nonproliferation. The goal was to be as comprehensive as possible in the coverage of cooperative nonproliferation activities, while still operating within the constraints of the project budget and the availability of appropriate SMEs. The PI developed a starting analytical framework that was provided ahead of time to the SMEs to guide their research and analysis. The participants then came together for a one-day workshop, held in Monterey, CA, on March 30, 2012. About 20 people participated in the invitation-only workshop. The researchers presented their initial findings and received feedback from designated discussants who had been recruited to comment on the papers. Researchers also received feedback from the other project participants and invited attendees of the workshop. They then revised their papers into final products.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Nuclear Weapons

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