Launched in Krakow, Poland in May 2003, the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is a global framework of states that commit to disrupt transfers of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related items to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. Not a formal organization, PSI states cooperate to prevent proliferation and strengthen national capacities for action.
WHY IS THE PSI NEEDED?
Proliferation programs critically rely on shipments of equipment and technology in order to function. The PSI fosters a dynamic, proactive approach to preventing proliferation-related shipments – and thus impeding proliferation programs – through action on a flexible, voluntary basis, consistent with available national authorities and international laws and frameworks.
PARTICIPATING IN THE PSI
States become part of the PSI by publicly endorsing the Statement of Interdiction Principles and thus committing to take action of effectively interdict WMD-related shipments. As of April 1, 2013, 102 states from all regions have endorsed these Principles and now participate in PSI. The United States encourages all states that share the goal of preventing WMD proliferation through effective action to endorse and actively participate in the Initiative.
THE FUTURE OF THE PSI
The proliferation of WMD remains a threat to international peace and security. The PSI remains a high priority component of achieving the international community’s goal of curbing the trade in the world’s deadliest weapons. The PSI continues to expand participation, promote the worldwide development of counter-proliferation authorities and capabilities, and sustain and focus its activities to shape an international environment conducive to WMD-related interdictions.
For more information on the PSI, please visit: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c10390.htm