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Nuclear Materials Security Index, 2012

January 16, 2012

The 2012 Nuclear Materials Security Index, prepared by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI), is the first-of-its-kind public accounting of the security of nuclear materials within each of the 32 states that have one kilogram or more of “weapons-usable” nuclear materials. The top five countries, with the most secure nuclear materials, are–in order–Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Austria. At the bottom of the ranking are India, Vietnam, Iran, Pakistan, and, finally, North Korea. The UK is ranked 10, in a tie with Canada and Germany, and the US is ranked number 13 (tied with Belgium).

The study also assesses countries without nuclear materials in terms of their adherence to global norms, their domestic capacity to implement their international agreements, and societal factors that can affect nuclear materials security (including groups interested in illicitly acquiring nuclear materials).

You can view the full report, including country summaries, at

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