Nuclear Arms Control: Developing the Monitoring and Verification Technologies of the Future

Global monitoring capabilities will play a large role in allowing the international community to determine if nations are in compliance with nuclear arms control and nonproliferation obligations and related missions, including counterterrorism. 

IAEA Safeguard inspector and trainer at the Reactor Hall of the Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

Cooperative and noncooperative monitoring and verification approaches are essential today and in the future, but technical approaches must evolve to address changing threats, new treaty obligations and other factors.

There is a critical need for substantially improving international capabilities, including those of the IAEA, for the detection of special nuclear materials production and other activities related to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. Novel detection technologies are needed across the board, and will have to be supplemented by improved exploitation of all available data and cutting-edge analytic techniques. This seminar will discuss a framework for addressing these challenging needs.

About the speaker

Joseph F. Pilat is a Program Manager in the Office of National Security and International Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he co-directs the Nonproliferation Forum.

He served as Representative of the Secretary of Defense to the Fourth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and as senior adviser to the US Delegation at the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. Dr. Pilat also served as representative of the Secretary of Defense to the Open Skies negotiations.

He has held positions in the Pentagon and the Congressional Research Service, and has taught at Cornell University, Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary.  He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation and Policy (Routledge, 2015) and the co-author of The Politics of Weapons Inspections (Stanford University Press, 2017).

This is a public seminar - all welcome!


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Published Jan. 17, 2019 3:07 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2020 9:49 AM