The role of regional systems in international non-proliferation safeguards
In 1990 the IAEA spent some 80 % of its safeguards resources in countries or regions where the probability of breaching the NPT is low or non-existent. This paper discusses possible causes for such an allocation of IAEA resources and possible changes. The political concept of non-discrimination has adversely affected the achievement of the political objectives of non-proliferation, the latter comprising discriminatory elements by definition. Possible solutions include measures defined to strengthen IAEA safeguards through universal reporting of nuclear materials and equipment and the decentralisation of non-proliferation responsibilities to state systems and/or regional safeguards systems. Following the presentation of the five well-known criteria for the determination of the relative importance of a regional safeguards system, the paper discusses various arguments for and against reliance on state systems compared with regional systems in non-proliferation safeguards.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: INMM 34th Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona (US), July 18-21, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37756 ORA
Record Number: 199311186 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en