MTA/ISP Research Fellow Emma Belcher will present a seminar entitled "The Proliferation Security Initiative: An Effective and Legal Mechanism to Prevent WMD Proliferation?" on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 9:30am in the Belfer Center Library. All are welcome to attend.

The Bush administration's Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) initially attracted critics given its nature as a a loose association of states, without a rigid structure or charter, and without formal association with the United Nations or the nonproliferation treaties. More recently, however, it is being seen as a useful tool to prevent WMD proliferation.

This presentation will explore the legal basis for the PSI, examine its activities, coverage and capabilities, using a counter factual analysis based on cases of known illicit proliferation.