AUTHORAsculai, Ephraim
TITLEVerification Revisited: The Nuclear Case
PUBLISHERInstitute for Science and International Security
CITYWashington, D.C.
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This 2002 book gives a realistic review of nuclear nonproliferation verification activities, from the U.S. “Atoms for Peace” program in the early 1950s to the first years of the 21st century. The first part of three major sections in the book explains verification concepts and methodologies, with particular chapters discussing the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in providing the verification required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) and Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban (CTBT) Treaties, a review of wide-area environmental sampling, and issues associated with noncompliant states such as Iraq. The book's second part considers lessons learned and the continuing problems associated with the international verification regime. Chapters in the final section offer ways to improve the existing system. One appendix describes a model for the collection of environmental samples to determine undeclared nuclear materials or activities, and another appendix contains the “Sixteen Principles for Verification” drafted by the United Nations Disarmament Commission in the late 1980s.

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