The Impact of UNSCR 1540

Olivia Bosch and Peter van Ham, Editors

In this important book, noted scholars and policymakers examine a broad range of counter-proliferation measures and their impact.

Adopted in April 2004, UN Security Council Resolution 1540 obliges all states to take steps to prevent non-state actors from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction, related materials, and their means of delivery for terrorist purposes. The United Nations thus placed itself firmly in the center of one of the world's key international security challenges. In this important book, noted scholars and policymakers examine a broad range of counter-proliferation measures, such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, within the scope of the resolution, and discuss its impact on the bioscientific community, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the International Atomic Energy Agency, trade and customs, and the role of the UN.

UNSCR 1540 calls on each state to prioritize and systemize its legal frameworks for curtailing proliferation. Its adoption raises many questions. How are the resolution's provisions being made operational and enforceable? Will 1540 make up for the inadequacies of the existing non-proliferation treaty regimes? Could it, in fact, serve as the foundation for a new system of international governance that effectively stifles proliferation, terrorism, and illicit trafficking? The complex issues highlighted in Global Non-Proliferation and Counter-Terrorism will prove relevant for years to come.

Contributors include Jeffrey Almond (University of Reading, UK), Thomas J. Biersteker (Brown University), Olivia Bosch (Chatham House), Gerald Epstein (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Chandré Gould (BioWeapons Prevention Project, South Africa), Ron Manley (formerly with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Sarah Meek (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa), Siew Gay Ong (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore), Elizabeth Prescott (AAAS Congressional Fellow), Tariq Rauf (International Atomic Energy Agency), Will Robinson (World Customs Organization), Roelof Jan Manschot (Eurojust), Peter van Ham (Netherlands Institute of International Relations), Ted Whiteside (NATO WMD Centre), and Angela Woodward (VERTIC).

Olivia Bosch is associate fellow in the International Security Program at Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs), London, and former UN weapons inspector in Iraq.

Peter van Ham is director of the Global Governance Program at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael," the Hague and Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.