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Tariq Rauf

Programme Director

Tariq Rauf

Tariq Rauf

Tariq Rauf became the Director of SIPRI’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme in February 2014. Rauf is an internationally respected authority on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues. He was Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Disarmament Committee at the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. From 2002 to 2011 he was Head of the Verification and Security Policy Coordination Office at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reporting to the Director General, in which capacity he dealt with high-priority verification cases involving Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea and Syria; and was Coordinator of Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle from 2003-2012. He was also the Alternate Head of the IAEA delegation to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Conferences from 2003 to 2010, and the IAEA Liaison and Point-of-Contact for a number of multilateral control regimes and United Nations Security Council committees. From 1987 to 2000 he was Expert Advisor to Canada’s NPT delegations.

Subject expertise

Nuclear non-proliferation; nuclear disarmament; nuclear security; international and regional security; nuclear-weapon-free zones; international organizations; regional security (esp. North America, South Asia, and the Middle East); multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle; foreign and security policy education and training.


University of Toronto (Ford Foundation Fellow in Dual Expertise: Arms Control / Soviet and East European Studies); King’s College London (War Studies); London School of Economics and Political Science (International Relations and Strategic Studies).

  • International Institute for Strategic Studies, Member
  • PIR Center, Russian Center for Policy Studies, Board Member
  • International Luxembourg Forum for the Prevention of Nuclear Catastrophe, Board Member
  • Atomic Reporters, Board Member
  • Canadian Pugwash, Member
External publications
  • Rauf, T., ‘Indicators of nuclear weaponization’ (International Luxembourg Forum: Moscow, 2014), forthcoming.
  • Rauf, T., ‘Nuclear non-proliferation: past and future considerations’, eds S. K. Oznobishchev and A. I. Nikitin, Arms Control: Does It Have a Future? (Russian Political Science Association: Moscow, 2013).
  • Rauf, T., 'New approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle', eds C. McCombie and T. Isaacs, T. Rauf, F. von Hippel and E. Tauscher, Multinational Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Cambridge, MA, 2010).
  • Rauf, T. and Vovchok, Z., ‘Assurance of supply: A new framework for nuclear energy’, Innovations, vol. 4, no. 4 (fall 2009).
  • Rauf, T., Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (International Atomic Energy Agency: Vienna, 2005).
  • Rauf, T. et al., Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations and Regimes (Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies: Monterey, CA, 1996/1997 and 2000).
  • Desjardins M.-F., and Rauf, T., 'Opening Pandora’s Box: Nuclear-powered submarines and the spread of nuclear weapons', Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament, Aurora Papers no. 8 (1987).