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Mowatt-Larssen on Nuclear Terrorism and the IAEA

May 4, 2009

phpthumbMy colleague Rolf Mowatt-Larssen on preventing nuclear terrorism:

As Mohamed ElBaradei’s term as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) draws to a close, the organization is struggling to choose a new leader. After deadlocking on an initial vote in March, a new round of nominations closed on April 27, with the next vote scheduled in the coming months. While the IAEA sorts out changes at the top, the United States should try to expand the agency’s mandate and responsibilities. One such change would be the establishment of a full-fledged intelligence office, which would dramatically improve the agency’s ability to identify and deter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

I interviewed Rolf a few months ago for a case study that I’m writing on A.Q. Khan, nuclear proliferation and the US reponse- he’s a great interviewee and a fantastic resource for the policy and intelligence battles that were waged in DC over the last several years.

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