The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) is a unique and innovative multinational partnership between the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the U.S. State Department, and more than 25 other countries and the European Union. The IPNDV explores the challenges associated with monitoring and verification of nuclear disarmament across the nuclear weapons lifecycle and identifies potential technical solutions to those challenges. In addition, the Partnership works to build global capacity among states both with and without nuclear weapons. In its current phase, the IPNDV is focused on the numerous and complex challenges associated with monitoring the dismantlement of a nuclear warhead, in particular the need to protect proliferation-sensitive and national security related information while still providing confidence that a warhead has been dismantled.
This paper details IPNDV’s progress since its launch in December 2014, drawing on the work done by the government officials and technical experts that compose the project’s three working groups and the IPNDV plenaries that have been held so far in the United States, Norway, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
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This paper was submitted to the 58th Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Annual Meeting Proceedings, July 2017.