Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations & Regimes

A regularly-updated public reference covering all international organizations, treaties, & agreements relevant to WMD disarmament and nonproliferation.
Updated: May 10, 2013

Overview

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The Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations and Regimes uses a broad definition of international organizations, treaties, and agreements relevant to weapons of mass destruction disarmament and nonproliferation activities. As such it includes formal organizations, non-charter regimes, multilateral groupings of states, international treaties, and regional and bilateral arrangements.

It also includes international treaties related to terrorism as well as treaties and agreements designed to prevent the spread of conventional weapons. Specific references to the verification and compliance provisions of relevant organizations and treaties are also included. Texts of selected treaties and other important documents are also provided and other appendices show the membership and status of organizations, treaties and agreements. Profiles of selected States showing membership of international organizations, treaties and agreements are also included.

All entries are updated regularly. A wide variety of sources were utilized in compiling the information presented in the Inventory. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all the information included, the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP) at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. In cases where such errors occurred, correct information should be forwarded to the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP) at the address shown in the right column.

About the Inventory

The Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations and Regimes, the only open-source database of its kind, provides a "one-stop-shop" on the role of organizations, treaties, and agreements in arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Diplomats, international civil servants, scholars, and journalists reported to widely use the Inventory. Sixteen years after its first publication, the Inventory remains the number one source for succinct up-to-date information.

Employing a broad definition of international organizations, treaties, and agreements relevant to WMD disarmament and nonproliferation activities, the Inventory includes formal international organizations, regimes, multilateral groupings of states, international treaties, and regional and bilateral arrangements.

International treaties related to terrorism as well as treaties and agreements designed to prevent the spread of conventional weapons are also included in the Inventory. Specific references to the verification and compliance provisions of relevant organizations and treaties are key components of this resource. The full text of selected treaties and other important documents are made available through the Inventory, and a number of appendices show the membership and status of organizations, treaties, and agreements. Profiles of selected states showing membership in international organizations, treaties, and agreements are also provided.

The Inventory was published for the first time in the summer of 1993 by Dr. Roland Timerbaev, the Ambassador-in-Residence at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a highly distinguished Russian diplomat involved in the negotiations of most international treaties related to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

Dr. William Potter, the Director of CNS, wrote in 1993:

"The compilation of the Inventory [...] is intended to provide a comprehensive base of information on the activities of a wide spectrum of nonproliferation organizations for scholars, analysts, policymakers in national governments and the organizations themselves."

The first edition of the Inventory was distributed to more than 600 government and international organization officials and experts. In view of the interest displayed by this audience, the decision was taken to update the Inventory on an annual basis.

Dr. Timerbaev wrote in the introduction to the 1995 edition:

"The increased interest in nonproliferation and international organizations on the part of the policy makers and scholars, however, has yet to be matched by systematic data collection and analysis. [...] The Inventory seeks to fill this void by providing a comprehensive source of general information on the most active and important organizations with responsibilities for nonproliferation."

The publication of the 1997 and 2000 updates was coordinated by Tariq Rauf, an experienced former Canadian diplomat. Currently the Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination in the Office of External relations and policy Coordination at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tariq Rauf remembers:

"The diplomats in Geneva and New York loved it, we could not keep up the demand. It was invaluable information source. Nonetheless, the greatest challenge was finding accurate information, but this got easier as time went by with the growth in info available on the Internet."

In 2000, the decision was taken to make the Inventory available online free-of-charge and Jean du Preez, a former diplomat and arms control negotiator with 17 years service in the South African Foreign Service, took over the coordination of the Inventory updates. Mr. du Preez says:

"Over the years, we have made several improvements to the layout, content and scope of the Inventory based on feedback from its users. It is a living product designed to provide a much needed service. [The greatest challenge remains] to keep track of all the developments in the field and to report these developments in a factually correct and balanced manner."

From the IAEA, Mr. Rauf wrote "the Inventory on the web is a great source for one-stop information and no other database has all the information accessible in one place." Ambassador Timerbaev, currently a Senior Advisor with the Center for Policy Studies in Moscow, told us "the Inventory is always within an easy reach from my work place."

At CNS IONP, we thank everybody for the kind words and hope to fulfill the high expectations from this well-known product.

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