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PADM 5450. International Public and NGO Management

1. Management of the International Regime for the Verification of the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction and its Implications for Climate Change

August 23, 2018

This first session of the seminar will be given on August 23 at 10:10. It is a case study of how the issues of international management intersect with major issues of international relations. Since the beginning of the last century, the effort to control the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological) through a system of international treaties. In this, most attention has been paid to the relationshps between the Nation-States involved, but, because the viability of the regime depends on the belief by all parties that the terms of the treaties are being followed, the verification of compliance is a central concern. This verification has been entrusted, by treaty, to international organizations, whose management will determine the success of the effort. A similar issue is management of global climate change, where negotiations continue on the implementation of the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015, which is now the subject of dispute because of the United States' withdrawal. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its operational protocols lacks a verification mechanism to complete the regime. The regime therefore constitutes an excellent case of how management can determine significant outcomes and can benefit from the experience of the regime for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

Questions covered

  • Why is the elimination of weapons of mass destruction important and what are the parameters of the problem?
  • How is management of climate change a similar issue?
  • What is the role of verification in the process?
  • What is the importance of the institutions set up to verify compliance?
  • What are the main management issues within those institutions?
  • What does this tell us about the role of management of international public institutions?


Required readings

Recommended readings

Discussion questions

  • What do the Iraq War of 2003, the North Korean nuclear tests, the Iranian nuclear enrichment program and chemical weapons in Syria tell us about the role of international verification?
  • To what extent can WMD treaties be self-monitored?
  • What are the main management issues in international organizations undertaking verification?
  • What are the possible consequences of a management failure?
  • How might this model applied to the emerging climate change regime?


  • Recording of sessions on 23 August 2017 is in the course Blackboard.

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