Verification of Nuclear Disarmament: Insights from a Decade of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification


In December 2014, U.S. Department of State and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) launched the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV), in partnership with a diverse group of countries, to explore the question of how to multilaterally verify nuclear disarmament. Over the past ten years, the Partners have worked collaboratively to identify technical and procedural challenges associated with the effective verification of future disarmament efforts and develop practical solutions to overcome those challenges. Although work remains to be done, this report affirms the IPNDV’s progress by highlighting the most important lessons that the Partners have learned so far about nuclear disarmament verification.

Given the prevailing tensions in the global security environment, the concepts, tools, and technologies that the IPNDV has identified and tested and the capacity that it has built will be a critical resource for future negotiators when the time again is ripe for progress. Whether such progress eventually comes as a revival of traditional nuclear arms control agreements or as a part of a more comprehensive effort, the insights gained through the IPNDV will pave the way to robust verification regimes capable of assuring all countries that nuclear disarmament is advancing as agreed.

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This was developed with generous financial support from the Government of Canada.