CNS Global Incidents and Trafficking Database


Providing free and open access to centralized information on incidents of nuclear and other radioactive material that has been lost, stolen, or is otherwise out of regulatory control, the Global Incidents and Trafficking Database and Annual Reports prepared by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) offer researchers and policymakers a unique resource to assess the nature and scope of nuclear security risks.

The database relies on a mix of governmental and non-governmental sources to collect reports of incidents where nuclear or other radioactive material has gone out of regulatory control anywhere in the world. The database currently includes 870 incidents reported between January 2013 and December 2017, with accompanying annual reports for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

In addition to a brief description, the database includes twenty-one descriptive categories that break down each incident. Each annual report highlights relevant key findings and implications for policymakers working to improve nuclear security.

With each additional year data is added, the database will enable researchers to better analyze long-term trends and assess the impact of new policies designed to reduce the nuclear security risks posed by materials out of regulatory control.

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March 5, 2018

This material is produced independently for NTI by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of and has not been independently verified by NTI or its directors, officers, employees, or agents. Copyright 2018.