Preventing WMD Proliferation: The Future of UNSCR 1540

  • Ian J. Stewart


This chapter explores how the resolution can best contribute to the non-proliferation regime in the years ahead. However, before exploring considerations related to the future of the resolution, it is helpful to explore societal dynamics that could impact upon the resolution’s effectiveness and lessen the barriers to non-state actor involvement in proliferation in the future. After exploring these issues, this chapter then explores the implications of this analysis for the future of the resolution in terms of its scope and mandate, international legal framework, and national implementation. Finally, thoughts on the future of the resolution are presented.


United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Intangible Technology Control (ITT) Additive manufacturing Synthetic biology 1540 Committee UN General Assembly Capacity-building 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian J. Stewart
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  1. 1.War Studies DepartmentKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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