Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Nuclear Terrorism

pg. 16: the creation of a Global Alliance Against Nuclear Terrorism composed of states that commit to secure all nuclear weapons and materials to a “gold standard” – beyond the reach of terrorists or thieves – by embedding principles of “assured nuclear security” and “nuclear accountability”


Readers' Guide Comment on “states that commit to secure all nuclear weapons and materials to a ‘gold standard’”

This is a rather traditional state-based proposal. It ignores states with vast nuclear stockpiles that implicitly threaten other states with their land, air, and sea-based nuclear capacities. It presumes that future significant nuclear threats will come from non-state terrorists.

It is also interesting that this proposal does not include chemical and biological weapons. If WEF is serious about multi-stakeholder approaches, it should recommend that international civil society, academic, religious, and corporate representatives become formally involved in reducing all weapons of mass destruction, not just the nuclear variety.

Related Ideas: Four Building Blocks; Options for military governance; Beyond territorial boundaries; Opt-in-Opt-outism

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