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Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks

Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks

In a new series of reports—Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks—the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) outlines new approaches to verification that could prompt near-term progress on security and non-proliferation and enable future progress on arms reduction. The reports, developed with more than 40 policy and technical experts from around the world, call for the international community to fundamentally rethink arms control verification.

The reports present recommendations from NTI’s Verification Pilot Project, a major initiative undertaken in collaboration with senior leaders from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and State as well as the governments of Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. "Bold steps toward a safer world may not be possible if developing verification capacity stays on the backburner," said NTI President and NSP Co-Director Joan Rohlfing. "Verification can serve as the brake or the engine for future threat-reduction measures. Capacity building is the key to success."

The series includes four reports:

  • The Innovating Verification Overview includes a foreword by NTI Co-Chairman and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and key project findings and recommendations across report topics.
  • Verifying Baseline Declarations of Nuclear Warheads and Materials analyzes how baseline declarations can contribute to near- and long-term arms control and non-proliferation goals and how to verify them without compromising sensitive information.
  • Redefining Societal Verification explores how advances in information technologies, big data, social media analytics, and commercial satellite imagery can supplement existing verification efforts by governments and increase contributions from outside experts.
  • Building Global Capacity considers the value of expanded international participation in the verification of nuclear arms reductions and how this participation can increase confidence in nuclear threat reduction efforts among all states.