COMBATING NUCLEAR SMUGGLING? EXPLORING DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES TO DETECTING NUCLEAR AND RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS AT MARITIME FACILITIES

On 3rd June, a paper was published in Volume 26 of the Nonproliferation review.  It said that detection systems are now deployed at strategic locations for the purported purpose of detecting and deterring the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials.  However, despite considerable investment in this area, few studies have examined how these programs are implemented or the operational challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.  The paper seeks to address this with a focus on radiation-detection efforts at maritime facilities – which vary significantly across different national and organisational contexts, resulting in a fragmented global nuclear-detection architecture, which arguably undermines efforts to detect trafficked nuclear-threat materials.  It argues that greater consideration should therefore be given to developing international standards and guidance, designing and adopting tools to support key parts of the alarm assessment process, and broader sharing of good practice.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10736700.2019.1610256

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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