CSIS to Launch Project on South Asian Nuclear Transparency

WASHINGTON—The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Proliferation Prevention Program is proud to announce a partnership with the Stimson Center to launch a two-year project on South Asian nuclear transparency. The CSIS-Stimson team was one of 11 recipients of grants in 2017 from the MacArthur Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York on “Heading Off Nuclear Catastrophe.”

This project focuses on practical ways in which India and Pakistan can contribute to nuclear security. As nuclear states outside the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), India and Pakistan are two of the three countries with growing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and fissile material. They must simultaneously address rising bilateral tensions and significant nonstate actor challenges. Both countries are also expanding their nuclear energy programs and seeking to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but it can be difficult to tell where their military nuclear activities end and their civilian nuclear activities begin.

This project will partner with emerging local scholars in both countries through the Stimson Center’s South Asian Voices program to promote India and Pakistan’s participation in an existing mechanism—the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Guidelines for Plutonium Management (INFCIRC/549)—to improve transparency and help bring both countries further into the mainstream of responsible nuclear governance.

For more on the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, visit https://www.csis.org/programs/international-security-program/proliferation-prevention-program.