Much of the international debate about Iran's nuclear program has revolved around the question of why it violated its safeguards agreement. Many states and analysts have looked to the International Atomic Energy Agency to provide an answer. Dr. James Acton will analyze the IAEA's ability to assess states' intent—as opposed to their capabilities—and will then ask what the IAEA means when it announces that an issue is "no longer considered to be outstanding." Finally, he will discuss the implications this analysis has for the enforcement of arms control treaties. James Acton is a lecturer at the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Dr Acton's previous research projects include analyses of IAEA safeguards in Iran, the detection of clandestine weaponization activities and novel forms of radiological terrorism. He has published in Survival and the Nonproliferation Review and is co-author of the upcoming International Institute of Strategic Studies paper on nuclear disarmament. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory.
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