This publication is the result of research on the current status of nuclear security in Africa undertaken by the ‘Africa`s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction Project` at the Institute for Security Studies, with support from the British High Commission in South Africa. The United Kingdom`s interest lies in its belief that an armed attack using nuclear devices represents one of the most destructive risks to global security. The UK was influential in shaping the outcomes of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit, which aimed to generate agreement on a common understanding of the threat posed by nuclear terrorism, to agree to effective measures to secure nuclear material and to prevent nuclear smuggling and is playing its part by setting the highest domestic security standards and encouraging the adoption of comparable standards elsewhere, including through its support of the IAEA.
About the authors:
Amelia Broodryk is a Researcher in the ISS` Transnational Threats and International Crime Division in Pretoria. She is currently working on the ‘Africa`s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction` project (WMD Project).
Noël Stott heads the ‘Africa`s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction` project. Noël has been employed by the ISS since 2002 and has extensive experience in all aspects of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.