Transparency in nuclear disarmament

Day 1 at 11:00

Transparency in nuclear disarmament
Human Rights
Increased transparency of nuclear weapons related information is an indispensable prerequisite for more progress in nuclear disarmament and its verification. For many years, and on various occasions, it has been demanded by the international community.

Today, the world is not even informed about the status quo of nuclear disarmament: How many nuclear weapons are stationed in which countries? Which types of weapons? How many are being halt in reserve and how many are being dismantled? The numbers are not exactly known, the reports on weapon dismantlement remain vague. Only a few countries have published figures of their possessings of nuclear materials, the quantities of others are still shrouded in secrecy.

The reasons for secrecy are many fold: An obvious one is the fact that some information might be useful in illegal nuclear weapon programs elsewhere. But other reasons are doubtful: They include strategic superiority but also conservative inertia, bureaucratic structures and democratic deficiences.

This presentation will focus on information related to nuclear weapons with the following questions: Is transparency of the information useful for nuclear disarmament and arms control? Would transparency enhance the risk of nuclear proliferation? Would it pose other security risks, and which kind of security risks are they? Is the current secrecy of information adequate? Which reasons for secrecy may be assumed?

The presentation concludes with several demands for more nuclear transparency that the International Pirates should endorse.
Annette Schaper
Annette Schaper has a Ph.D. in experimental physics. She is Senior Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt where she focuses on research  and policy consulting on technical and interdisciplinary aspects of nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation.  See




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