Preventing WMD proliferation: The future of UNSCR 1540

Ian J. Stewart*

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This chapter explores how the resolution can best contribute to the non-proliferation regime in the years ahead. However, before exploring considerations related to the future of the resolution, it is helpful to explore societal dynamics that could impact upon the resolution's effectiveness and lessen the barriers to non-state actor involvement in proliferation in the future. After exploring these issues, this chapter then explores the implications of this analysis for the future of the resolution in terms of its scope and mandate, international legal framework, and national implementation. Finally, thoughts on the future of the resolution are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreventing the Proliferation of WMDs
Subtitle of host publicationMeasuring the Success of UN Security Council Resolution 1540
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319722030
ISBN (Print)9783319722023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2018


  • 1540 Committee
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Capacity-building
  • Intangible Technology Control (ITT)
  • Synthetic biology
  • UN General Assembly
  • United Nations Security Council resolution 1540
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs)


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