Achieving successful and fruitful partnerships among nations is challenging and requires concerted diplomatic engagement. But at the State Department, this is our core mission. Finding like-minded partners in the area of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament is no less difficult, but our partnership with Argentina stands out.
For nearly 15 years, the United States and Argentina have enjoyed a fruitful partnership in nuclear nonproliferation. Our bilateral relationship dates back to 1823, when diplomatic relations with Argentina were first established, and is based on many shared interests: democracy; science and technology; regional peace and stability; and WMD nonproliferation.
Argentina participates in various multilateral threat reduction and strategic export control initiatives alongside the US and other international partners. And it has recently reasserted itself as a leading partner in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), taking on responsibility this year as Chair of the GICNT’s Response and Mitigation Working Group. It is also a key endorser of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). In the first half of 2018, Buenos Aires is set to host an important gathering of PSI nations.
In 2003, the U.S. and Argentina created the Joint Standing Committee on Nuclear Energy and Cooperation (JSCNEC). Since then, both countries have met annually at alternating venues to exchange views on our respective policies and nuclear programs; to discuss the status of technological cooperation projects related to peaceful uses of nuclear energy; and to cooperate in export controls of sensitive and dual use materials.
In August 2017, the JSCNEC held its 14th meeting in Livermore, California. Both countries continue to value this excellent partnership that works to strengthen cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Last week, Buenos Aires hosted the fifth plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification, a unique public/private partnership to develop solutions for how to verify nuclear disarmament. This year’s successful plenary concluded with agreement on a Phase II program of work that looks to broaden and deepen the Partnership’s focus on verification by enabling logical and scientific development of verification tools and technologies.
Successful diplomacy requires commitment, and give-and-take from all parties. The U.S.-Argentina relationship is successful because both countries are committed to the goals and priorities required to maintain effective international security policies. Argentina is always willing to lead by example. The United States is proud of our relationship, and we will continue to turn to Buenos Aires for collaboration in future multilateral security efforts.
About the Author: Maria Dudding is a Public Affairs Specialist in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State.
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