Partnership for Global Security

Defining the End State of Improvement of Nuclear Security

Kenneth N. Luongo

In its Nuclear Security Plan 2010-2013, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that, “all States have responsibilities to establish appropriate systems to prevent, detect and respond to malicious acts involving nuclear or other radioactive material. Not doing so may create a weak link in global nuclear security.”

This is the essence of the nuclear security challenge – preventing weak links from existing in the international system. The challenge is how to identify these weak links and fix the issues when the international nuclear security system emphasizes national responsibility for nuclear security and lacks effective mechanisms for transnational information exchange and interaction.

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