Issue 12: April 2009

Issue 12: April 2009

While the current global financial crisis has been dominating headlines recently, it is important not to neglect another complex and insufficiently regulated system: the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. CTBTO Spectrum 12 highlights the crucial role that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) plays in this regime and is honoured to have an interview with the Academy Award-winning actor and UN Messenger for Peace, Michael Douglas, as well as articles by the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre. Their contributions are complemented by articles from Deepti Choubey of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Raymond Jeanloz of the University of California, Berkeley. Spectrum 12 also outlines the build-up of the International Monitoring System over the last decade, the Integrated Field Exercise 2008 for on-site inspections, the International Scientific Studies project to assess the readiness and capability of the CTBT to detect nuclear explosions worldwide, and Part 2 of the ongoing cooperation between the CTBTO and the World Meteorological Organization.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Page PDF
Editorial 2 [PDF]
Treaty signatures and ratifications 3 [PDF]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:    
Campaigning for the elimination of nuclear weapons
Annika Thunborg, Head of Public Information at the CTBTO, talks to Michael Douglas,
the Academy Award-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace
4 [PDF]
VOICES:    
Fresh momentum for disarmament
by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
7 [PDF]
COVER STORY:    
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:
A key to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons
by Jonas Gahr Støre,
8 [PDF]
PERSPECTIVES:    
Don’t wait for the United States
by Deepti Choubey
10 [PDF]
FEATURE ARTICLE:    
Democratization of Monitoring
by Raymond Jeanloz
12 [PDF]
VERIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS:    
Major progress over the last decade:
The International Monitoring System nears completion
by Denise Brettschneider
14 [PDF]
Status of certified IMS facilities (as of 20 March 2009) 20 [PDF]
VERIFICATION SCIENCE:    
Testing the Treaty’s on-site inspection capabilities:
The Integrated Field Exercise 08
by Oliver Meier and Andreas Persbo
21 [PDF]
SECRETARIAT SNAPSHOTS:    
The International Scientific Studies (ISS) project: Facilitating scientific collaboration
by Ola Dahlman
24 [PDF]
VERIFICATION SCIENCE AND POTENTIAL CIVIL APPLICATIONS:    
The importance of Atmosphere Transport Modelling: Over ten years of cooperation between the World Meteorological Organization and the CTBTO
by Peter Chen, Gerhard Wotawa and Andreas Becker
26 [PDF]