Trevor Findlay
Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University; William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs; and Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC)





Trevor Findlay of Carleton University explores a number of valuable thematic linkages between nuclear energy and global governance. Among these, Findlay discusses the three global regimes associated with nuclear technologies: security and access, safety and standards, and non-proliferation. Although these regimes may be perceived as reasonably robust in character, Findlay suggests that further attention must be placed upon vulnerabilities, limitations to coordination, and multistakeholder applications of governance. In particular, there is the question of a so-called nuclear revival. For Findlay, a ‘grand bargain’ of sorts is necessitated, in which future recipients of peaceful nuclear technologies must see a corresponding disarmament of current holders of nuclear weapons capabilities. Moreover, the balance between earlier and later users of nuclear technologies is absolutely essential, whether in terms of multi-nationalizing sensitive operations, or reconciling problematic engagements between verification and technical assistance regimes. For Findlay, a key opportunity surrounds strengthening patterns of meaningful engagement between the public and private sectors.

Work by Dr. Trevor Findlay

Additional Resources

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation.  Survey of Emerging Nuclear Energy States (SENES)
  • Survey of Emerging Nuclear Energy States, Nuclear Energy Agency.  (2008).  Nuclear Energy   Outlook 2008.  Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Mozley, Robert F.  (1998).  The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation. Washington, DC: University of Washington Press.
  • Pilat, Joseph (Ed.).  (2007).  Atoms for Peace: A Future After Fifty Years?  Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Squassoni, Sharon.  (2009).  Nuclear Energy: Rebirth or Resuscitation?  Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 


Recorded on July 2010