The Compass is a journal of views, comments, and ideas for effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 to prevent WMD proliferation and terrorism by non-state actors. It is published by the Center for International Trade & Security, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
In December of 2010, Dr. Scott Jones and Johannes Karreth published an extensive research study on the effects of strategic trade controls on trade in a number of varying sized economies around the world.
CITS and Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) have released “The Human Dimensions of Security for Radioactive Sources,” a report intended as a ‘house gift’ to the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held in The Hague on March 24-25, 2014.
The two organizations developed the report as an academic-practitioners collaborative project. It provides practical advice for users of high-risk sources that are vulnerable to being diverted for malicious purposes, on the basis of methodologies and documents from the International Atomic Energy Agency. While radioactive sources can dramatically improve healthcare standards, contribute to economic development, and help stabilize food supplies, vigilance among the people responsible for safety and security is necessary for the current international legal framework and national security regulations to be effective.
This is the third report that CITS has released in support of the Nuclear Security Summit process. CITS published “Nuclear and Radiological Security Culture: A Post-Seoul Agenda” in 2012 and “Nuclear Security and Nuclear Counterterrorism: Streamlining and Updating the Legal Framework” in 2010.
DOWNLOAD: The Human Dimensions of Security for Radioactive Sources (2014)
DOWNLOAD: Nuclear and Radiological Security Culture: A Post-Seoul Agenda (2012)
Sara Kutchesfahani’s new book, “Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements,” provides empirical evidence and theoretical analysis of the ways communities of scientists and experts influence their countries’ nonproliferation policies. The book especially examines the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program.
Renaud Chatelus, a new senior fellow at CITS, has published a paper: “The Role of Customs in Strategic Trade Controls: Challenges and Potential.” The paper examines strategic trade controls from the perspective of states, which must provide the day-to-day enforcement necessary to make these controls effective. With most of the attention of the nonproliferation and global security community on international law and licensing, the paper adds a new dimension to the discussion.
CITS researchers Igor Khripunov and Dmitriy Nikonov have collected the work of over 100 international experts from more than 20 countries for a new book in the NATO Science for Peace and Security series. New international approaches to strengthening nuclear security and preventing nuclear terrorism have been introduced since 2000. The adoption of new and revised international laws, initiatives, and voluntary mechanisms has led to improved security measures in this critical area, but there is still a need for stronger substantive and procedural arrangements. This book collects the presentations and deliberations of participants at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop held in Vienna, Austria in January 2010.The papers presented here summarize current understanding of, and approaches to, the legal framework for nuclear security and counterterrorism. The book will be of interest to all governments, international organizations, researchers and practitioners worldwide who are involved in securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear terrorism.
The report from the Center’s 2010 NATO nuclear security conference in Vienna is now available online. The report, edited by Igor Khripunov and Carlton Stoiber, focuses on improving and modernizing legal systems dealing with nuclear security and counterterrorism.
From 1995 to 2003, the Center published a quarterly newsletter, The Monitor: International Perspectives on Nonproliferation. The Monitor offered a wide selection of articles, documents, and interviews, contributed by government officials, researchers and independent experts from around the world on nonproliferation and related security and policy issues. The Center has continued the tradition of The Monitor in its new quarterly publication, The 1540 Compass.
Past issues of the Monitor
- The Monitor, Spring 1995
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- The Monitor, Fall 1995
- The Monitor, Spring 1996
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- The Monitor, Fall 1996
- The Monitor, Spring 1997
- The Monitor, Summer 1997
- The Monitor, Winter 1997
- The Monitor, Spring, Summer 1998
- The Monitor, Fall, Winter 1998
- The Monitor, Winter, Spring 1999
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- The Monitor, Fall 1999
- The Monitor, Spring 2000
- The Monitor, Summer 2000
- The Monitor, Winter 2000
- The Monitor, Spring 2001
- The Monitor, Winter 2001
- The Monitor, Spring 2002
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- The Monitor, Winter, Spring 2003
- The Monitor, Summer 2003
- The Monitor, Fall 2003
- The Monitor, Spring 2004
- The Monitor, Summer 2004
- The Monitor, Fall 2004
- The Monitor, Spring 2005