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News | July 10, 2017

The Proliferation Security Initiative in 2017: U.S. Interagency Perspectives

By Joanna M. Gabryszewski WMD Proceedings

The Proliferation Security Initiative in 2017

In 2003, President George W. Bush unveiled the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) in a speech in Krakow, Poland. The initiative was announced as a commitment among endorsing nations to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems. What started with 11 like-minded nations that endorsed the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles had grown to 105 endorsers in 2016. This was achieved without treaties, ratifications, or other formal agreements as a basis for membership. The initiative continues to be based on a political commitment rather than on legal obligations. In the United States, what started in a Republican administration under President Bush continued to be supported by a Democratic administration led by President Barack Obama. With his Prague speech in April 2009, President Obama reiterated U.S. support of the PSI as an essential tool in U.S. foreign policy for fighting WMD proliferation.  READ MORE >>