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UNSCR 1540

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 mandates that all countries take the necessary steps to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by nonstate actors. While implementation of the resolution is slow and uneven, its growing acceptance as a legitimate international security instrument opens the doors for innovative ways to meet the needs of both the Global North and Global South.

Current Work

1540 in Practice
The Stanley Foundation has engaged policymakers, diplomats, and civil society on the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by nonstate actors. Policy dialogues and regional workshops have examined the challenges and opportunities of the resolution's implementation as well as its unique ability to meet regional security and capacity needs. Contact Anya Loukianova for more information.

Op-Eds and Articles

March 2012
Beyond Boundaries: WMD Nonproliferation in Africa

January 2012
Drugs, Thugs, and WMD: Shift in Trafficking Routes Threatens Global Security

February 2011
UNSCR 1540: A Critical Tool for a Safe, Secure World

June 2010
Curbing Proliferation Through Development
Brian Finlay, senior associate of the Henry L. Stimson Center and director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

November 2009
Cooperating to Prevent Catastrophe
Brian Finlay, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center and Director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

October 2009
Nuclear Network Theory

Michael Kraig

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UNSCR 1540: Fostering Regional Momentum
Policy Memo
February 2013

This policy memo is based on a series of discussions by a group of UN and government officials, as well as representatives of regional, subregional, and nongovernmental organizations at the Stanley Foundation’s 44th annual UN Issues Conference. Discussion focused on how best to foster regional momentum, facilitate buy-in from countries across the Global South, and overcome challenges facing donors and recipient partners, with an eye to seeking additional... Read More

02/21/13   United Nations Issues Conference
01/08/13   UNSCR 1540 Civil Society Forum – Opportunities for Engagement
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