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The Formation of a Global Nuclear Security Culture: @tomic 2012 Report Released

08 Jul 2013 - 09:34

The Formation of a Global Nuclear Security Culture: @tomic 2012 Report Released After Presentation at 2013 IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna, Austria

On Monday 8 July 2013, Clingendael Futures releases @tomic 2012: An Exercise in Perspective, after having been selected by and presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna, Austria from 1-5 July, 2013.

The report consists of an evaluation and consequent recommendations following an international table-top exercise held in November 2012 in The Hague. The exercise was designed to establish a global nuclear security culture and community—a key goal identified at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea and point of reference for the upcoming 2014 NSS, to be held in The Hague.

The @tomic 2012 exercise was one of the first international attempts to envision a global incident conjoining radiological/nuclear terrorism with a “cyber” dimension. Despite the ongoing need to focus on threats posed by current nuclear arsenals, @tomic 2012 represents a significant effort to shift that Cold War era focus on to the immediacy of 21st century emerging threats. Thirty countries participated in the exercise, which aimed to form new, trusted networks in the prevention of radiological or nuclear terrorism; @tomic 2012: An Exercise in Perspective contains information on the lessons they learned, the exercise’s structure and content, and policy recommendations based on the exercise proceedings.

@tomic 2012 was organized by the Netherlands’ National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) in conjunction with several Dutch government ministries (the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ), and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); INTERPOL; the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI); and the European Commission and the European Union Centres of Excellence Initiative on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation (CBRN CoE Initiative).
The report is prepared and illustrated by Clingendael Institute Fellow Regina Joseph.

In February 2014 @tomic 2014, the successor to @tomic 2012, will be conducted.

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