n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Revisiting nuclear non-proliferation in Africa d analysis

Volume 2014, Issue 04
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Seven African countries ranked among the world's worst in terms of the 2014 Nuclear Materials Security Index published by the private US-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). They are Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Released in January ahead of the March 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) held in the Netherlands, the report also down-graded South Africa, where overall physical security of fissile material stocks is a concern, and saw the country fall by a point since 2012 NTI Index. South Africa's drop is an important consideration, as its government is one of the most vocal African states at international forums of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and aims to spearhead nuclear expansion in Africa. A key finding of the NTI Index is that the global community must demand an effective and accountable global system on how nuclear materials should be secured.

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