The report examines the key strengths, weaknesses and gaps in current international norms and institutions of the world community around the threat of weapons of mass destruction and offers ideas for strengthening these mechanisms.
The threat of weapons of mass destruction has long been found to be more complex, while at the same time the standards of the world community regarding possession and use have weakened. This causes the report to point out contemporary times as crucial to this international security risk. It provides a number of recommendations in order to deal with the developments regarding global disaster risks from weapons of mass destruction. They include strengthening the current weapons control structures and increasing the degree of adaptation in the disarmament community to the increasingly interwoven threats of weapons of mass destruction.
For this, improved conditions for creativity, learning and bridge building between the stakeholders are needed. It strengthens leadership and provides new success stories of elimination and risk reduction, focusing on creating new areas for collaboration, and generally not being afraid to test new ideas.
Author: Christine Parthemore is Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks.