The culmination of a two-year study on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is now available to read as an ebook.

Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA is a report issued by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC). Launched in Vienna, Austria in June 2012, the report is available as a PDF and formatted for e-reader devices, tablets and smartphones.

Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog examines of all aspects of the Agency’s mandate and operations ― from major programs on safeguards, safety, security and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy to governance, management and finance. It makes dozens of recommendations for reform, including:

  • Pursue a Grand Budgetary Bargain: replace automatic zero-real growth with needs-based approach
  • Hold General Conference every 2 years; reform Board of Governors election process but avoid expansion
  • Commission wide-ranging external management study; produce a Strategic Plan; devise a Resource Mobilization Strategy
  • Pursue post-Fukushima Action Plan for nuclear safety, including IAEA emergency preparedness and response

Professor Trevor Findlay led the research project and authored the report, as a Senior Fellow with CIGI. He holds a joint fellowship with the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also holds the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and is director of the CCTC.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
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