The role of MNSA is to formulate and direct U.S. policy relating to multilateral nuclear nonproliferation, with a particular focus on multilateral negotiations, in support of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Affairs, the Special Representative of the President for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and other senior policymakers.
This office has the lead role on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), including coordinating U.S. preparations for, and participation in, meetings of NPT Parties; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, nuclear security, and technical cooperation programs ; preparation and management of the U.S. voluntary contribution to the IAEA; U.S. bilateral safeguards and technical cooperation arrangements; nuclear-weapon-free-zone treaties and protocols; nonproliferation dialogues among the G8 countries and with the EU. An important part of MNSA’s function is to develop long-term diplomatic strategies for promoting and protecting U.S. national security interests in its areas of responsibility. Key interests are to strengthen the NPT regime, compliance with the Treaty and with IAEA safeguards, and to promote universal adherence to the IAEA’s Additional Protocol. Additionally, MNSA formulates coordinates, and implements U.S. policy relating to fissile material control measures other than the negotiation of a global fissile material cutoff treaty, as well as those aspects of such a treaty that would involve the IAEA and IAEA safeguards. In this regard, MNSA jointly manages with the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance of the augmentation of such a treaty with political measures concerning existing stocks.
In formulating and directing U.S. policies in the areas described above, MNSA provides day-to-day policy guidance to U.S. missions to international organizations and coordinates closely with other ISN or T bureau offices having substantive expertise in these areas. MNSA also coordinates closely with White House offices and other U.S. agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Intelligence Community; and U.S. diplomatic missions in New York (USUN), Geneva (USDEL/CD) and Vienna (UNVIE). MNSA also advances policies in these areas with the Congress, the American public, and foreign audiences, in coordination with the ISN office of Strategic Communications and Outreach and the Bureaus of International Information Programs, Legislative Affairs, and Public Affairs.
Officers serve on U.S. delegations to meetings of the IAEA’s Board of Governors and General Conference, NPT Parties, the UNGA First Committee, the G8 Nonproliferation Directors Group, and U.S.-EU bilateral consultations on nonproliferation. The office also conducts meetings with foreign governments, the United Nations and other international organizations.
Director: John Fox