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I sat in on a panel discussion today at the Carnegie Non-Proliferation Conference centered on Europe’s efforts toward building non-proliferation regimes. During his presentation, Martin Briens from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned one of those rarely reported efforts–the EU, as a standard practice, has included non-proliferation clauses in their trade agreements since 2003, basically requiring a non-proliferation commitment from trading partners. Annalisa Giannella, the EU chief diplomat’s non-proliferation representative, outlined this initiative in an interview with Arms Control Today. Apparently the Europeans have 90 such agreements–which can basically be viewed as hair-trigger sanctions and make clear the EUs commitment to non-proliferation.

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