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When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors failed in the wake of a major earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Carleton University’s Trevor Findlay was in the middle of writing a report examining global nuclear policy.

Findlay found that the immediate international response to the disaster revealed gaps in the powers and capacities of the global ‘nuclear watchdog’, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. He has devoted much of his research since then at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) looking deeper into why.

One reason was that Japan’s reluctance to share information made it difficult for the agency to inform the rest...

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