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Curbing Illicit Materials Trafficking in Georgia: the Roles of the U.S. and Russia
Recent and repeated attempts to smuggle nuclear and other dangerous radioactive materials, as well as the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war have disrupted U.S.-led efforts to strengthen barriers against the transit of dangerous nuclear materials through the South Caucasus. This development is especially worrisome given that the region has experienced some of the most serious proliferation scares since the Cold War. The U.S. effort to curb nuclear smuggling is likely to experience setbacks given Moscow’s decreased interest in cooperating with Washington on nonproliferation issues in part due to the Ukraine crisis.