Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Articles by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

1 July 2013

The potential and pitfalls of societal verification

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?

19 June 2013

Not so fast

The author argues that, though societal verification might one day make a meaningful contribution to verification of arms control treaties, its widespread use is not imminent in most of the developing world.

23 May 2013

Incentives and limits

The author argues that, in the developing world, ordinary people will be in no position to carry out societal verification of arms control agreements until leaders believe that societal verification serves the national interest.

8 May 2013

Discomfort with verification, and how to overcome it

The author argues that, in the developing world, societal verification’s success as an arms control tool probably depends on arms control itself becoming more politically palatable.