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Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards

A Textbook by Michael D. Rosenthal, with Leslie G. Fishbone, Linda Gallini, Allan Krass, Myron Kratzer, Jonathan Sanborn, Warren Stern, Barclay Ward, and Norman A. Wulf.

This edition updates the 2013 edition, and describes important changes that have since been implemented in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) safeguards system and documents the IAEA’s important verification role in Iran that began in 2015.

Students of non-proliferation and newcomers to the field will benefit from Brookhaven National Laboratory’s revised textbook, Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards. The book analyzes the IAEA safeguards system and the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and delves into the complexities of limiting the spread of nuclear weapons while at the same time encouraging peaceful uses of the atom. Topics covered in this new book include:

  • The history of the non-proliferation regime
  • A comprehensive review of the IAEA safeguards system and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
  • IAEA safeguards implementation
  • The evolution of the safeguards system to enhance its effectiveness
  • IAEA legal authorities
  • The response to secret nuclear programs in North Korea and Iraq
  • The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

The authors all played key roles in supporting the NPT and the NPT safeguards system and participated in many of the events described in this book. This authoritative review of the historical and conceptual foundations of the global non-proliferation regime is a must read for all students of non-proliferation.

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Today, policymakers and practitioners who lack basic understanding of the history, rationale, and technical details of the complex architecture of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime and the role of the IAEA safeguards system are grappling with urgent proliferation challenges with one arm tied behind their back. Fortunately, Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards, fills that knowledge gap. It is a unique resource for understanding the IAEA and is a must-read for security professionals developing and implementing US nuclear nonproliferation policy, and for anyone interested in understanding how the nonproliferation regime that we take for granted works to reduce nuclear dangers.

— Ambassador Susan F. Burk, Former Special Representative of the President, Nuclear Nonproliferation

"The latest edition of Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards is an invaluable, comprehensive guide to the evolving nuclear safeguards system that undergirds the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. Whether you are a scholar or researcher, a diplomat, a regulator, a student, or an expert practitioner, you will find this book will be a valuable and authoritative resource.”

— Daryl G. Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association and publisher of the journal, Arms Control Today

Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards examines the legal, political, and technical factors that shaped evolution of the international system to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, written by a team of experts who helped shape that evolution. Both detailed and comprehensive, it is a unique and uniquely authoritative resource for scholars, educators, and students seeking to learn how we got from Hiroshima to today.

— Christian Kessler was a senior U.S. State Department official and nuclear expert, adjunct professor at the University of Washington and Stony Brook University, and member of the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Iran.

This book is essential reading not only for those working in nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards, new entrants to this field, and students, but also for policymakers, diplomats, journalists, and anyone else with an interest in this vital and fascinating subject. From the negotiation of relevant international agreements to the concepts and complexities of IAEA safeguards, this comprehensive but succinctly written book covers it all authoritatively ...

— John Carlson, Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Nonproliferation Office 1989-2010, now Counselor to NTI