Limage discusses how ISN contributes to nonproliferation

An official with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation discussed the importance of strengthening international nonproliferation on Friday at the University of Georgia.

ISN's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs Simon Limage made the remarks at the university's Center for International Trade & Security in St. Athens, Ga. Limage focused his speech on how the offices and programs in the ISN deal with the emerging challenges of nonproliferation.

"The ISN Bureau pursues several initiatives to confront multifaceted challenges posed by proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," Limage said. "One of these is training foreign government officials in internationally-accepted export control policies, processes, and methodologies. We are pleased to be able to provide support to the Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy and the CITS/UGA to deliver this training."

Limage discussed five nonproliferation programs run by the ISN and the State Department. The programs include the Global Threat Reduction programs, the EXBS program, the Prevent Nuclear Smuggling Program, the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund.

"These programs and initiatives enable the State Department to respond to different types of proliferation behaviors, but I would like to stress that our challenges are not static," Limage said. "Proliferators and their support networks are responding in increasingly creative ways, exploiting the vulnerability of the interconnected global trading and information systems."

Limage said WMD proliferators exploit loopholes, exploit false end-uses for controlled goods, seek out liberal trading environments and exploit porous security conditions to set up smuggling routes. The proliferators are aided by increasing pressure to lower trade barriers to spur economic development.

"We must tailor our efforts to address these cross-cutting challenges by raising political will of governments, educating industry and the public, and increasing our reach through collaboration with like-minded states and organizations," Limage said.

Limage also discussed the coordination between the ISN and other government agencies to prevent proliferation. He closed by saying he hoped the information he provided could help the attendees to take individual actions to spur nonproliferation in the future.

"I also hope my remarks will prompt you to consider what each of you can do to grow our community," Limage said. "I hope you will continue to promote public, industry, and government awareness of proliferation threats. I also hope that you will continue to take active part in bilateral and multilateral efforts to implement nonproliferation best practices and encourage allocation of sufficient human and financial resources to the advancement of nonproliferation causes. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, given this university setting, I hope you will support education of the next generation of nonproliferation practitioners."