UNSCR 1540 Implementation: Challenges Past and Present

  • Daniel Salisbury


This chapter seeks to set out the principal challenges in the implementation of resolution 1540. Using evidence from the resolutions, meeting records, Committee Chair’s briefings, and secondary sources, it argues that the challenges to implementation of the resolution have reflected both broader conceptual issues, and, more recently, practical implementation issues. The chapter begins by considering ‘broader challenges’ to the resolution’s implementation, notably those relating to political will. The second section considers challenges that are more practical in nature. The chapter will conclude with a final section looking at some opportunities that may help to overcome these challenges.


United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Legitimacy Compliance 1540 Matrix 1540 national reports 1540 Committee 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Salisbury
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  1. 1.Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeUSA

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