U.S. and Netherlands Sign Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - On May 4, 2011, in Washington, the United States and the Netherlands signed an agreement to expand their partnership to help combat nuclear terrorism around the world. Under the agreement, signed by NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harington and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Netherlands Embassy Gerard van der Wulp, the Dutch government will contribute $500,000 through NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) program to support an NSOI-identified project in Kazakhstan. This project will improve the Government of Kazakhstan’s ability to search for and secure abandoned radioactive sources on Kazakh territory. Click here for the Department of Energy press release on the Dutch contribution.U.S. and Finland Sign Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – On March 24th, in Helsinki, the United States and Finland signed another MOU on cooperation to combat nuclear smuggling. Through this MOU, Finland will again contribute funding to an NSOI-identified project to provide radiation detection equipment to the Kyrgyz Republic to detect and deter nuclear smuggling across its borders. Click here to see the English press release from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Joint NSOI-UNODC Legislative Drafting Workshops in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan –NSOI worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and host government authorities to conduct workshops to review the Criminal Codes of the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan to ensure that these two Governments have sufficient authority to prosecute all types of cases of illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials, including scams and hoaxes. The workshops, which were held in Bishkek on September 23-24 and in Astana on September 29-October 1, produced specific recommendations to amend the Criminal Codes of both countries. The recommendations will be submitted to the appropriate national authorities in each country for final approval.
Successful Implementation Reviews in the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan – On June 8 in Bishkek, an NSOI delegation met with a broad-based Kyrgyz delegation to review progress in implementing the joint action plan to combat nuclear smuggling that the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GOKR) and the USG had completed in 2007. Participants in this review determined that the GOKR, through its own efforts, as well as through international assistance, has made significant progress in carrying out most of the steps specified in the joint action plan. They also agreed on several immediate actions to facilitate further progress. On June 10 in Astana, the NSOI delegation met with a broad-based Kazakhstani delegation to conduct a similar review of the joint action plan completed with the Government of Kazakhstan in 2006, with similar results.
Republic of Georgia Signs Addendum to Joint Action Plan – On February 27, 2009, the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and the Deputy Ministers of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Justice, signed the “Addendum to the Joint Document of U.S. and Georgian Delegations on Georgia’s Priority Needs to Improve Its Capabilities to Combat Nuclear Smuggling.” The Addendum addresses the degradation of
Successful Forensics Workshop – NSOI analyst Jennifer Mastros attended the Nuclear Forensics and Law Enforcement Awareness Workshop in Karlsruhe, Germany on December 2-4. The primary purpose of the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the European Union’s Institute of Transuranium Elements, and the International Science and Technology Center, was to identify assistance projects to improve national responses to illicit uses of nuclear or radiological materials. More than 70 law enforcement and scientific experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and the U.S. participated in the event.
Global Initiative Legal and Regulatory Frameworks Conference – On September 4 and 5, the NSOI team participated in a conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to foster discussion on the implementation of appropriate criminal and/or civil liability for terrorists and those that facilitate acts of nuclear terrorism. The NSOI team, the U.S. Department of Justice, and several NSOI partner countries made presentations on the importance of adequate legal authorities for prosecuting nuclear smuggling. The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the U.S. Department of Defense organized this conference under the auspices of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.
U.S.-Ukraine Nonproliferation Working Group Meeting – At the semiannual meeting in