June 1, 2020
Marianne Grenier 2020 SSHRC Winner
Nuclear terrorism is a global threat that states aim to counter in part with international regimes and collaboration. A comparison of formal and informal mechanisms regarding countering nuclear terrorism is necessary to explore state-level actions against that phenomenon. My thesis will specifically explore how the informal regime Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) addresses the gaps in the formal International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT). Assessing to what extend the gaps are addressed will help to understand how global powers collaborate against complex threats such as nuclear terrorism. This research will seek to comprehend the dynamics and limitations of the two approaches put forward by these treaties as well as the capacity of the international community in addressing counterterrorism issues.