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Ibrahim Said Ibrahim
Ibrahim is second secretary in Egypt's permanent mission to the League of Arab States and a former second secretary in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' office of disarmament and nonproliferation affairs. In 2012 he was a visiting scholar in the technical nonproliferation and disarmament program of the UK-Norway Initiative on Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Verification at the University of Oslo. In 2011 he was a visiting fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He received a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Ghana in 2011 and a master's degree in nuclear science and technology from Manchester University in 2013.
Jamal Khaer IbrahimRajeswari Pillai RajagopalanIbrahim Said Ibrahim
For decades, arms control experts have envisioned a world in which ordinary people could verify treaty compliance. With the emergence of smartphones and social networks, this world may be ready to materialize. But are developing nations ready for citizen verification?
The author argues that, regarding societal verification of arms control agreements, the importance of business-oriented approaches should not be overvalued, nor that of political approaches undervalued.
The author argues that, in the developing world, political barriers to societal verification’s role in arms control can be overcome if a sufficiently large cadre of educated individuals is motivated to participate in verification efforts.