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John Tilemann

John Tilemann is a former career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. John's postings included Asia Sri Lanka, Thailand, Pakistan, Poland, to the IAEA (1987-1990), and to the Middle East as Australia’s Ambassador to Jordan 2002-6. John was Chief of Staff to IAEA Director-Generals Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei from 1992-98. John has also had policy roles in Canberra over last 20 years related to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and arms control.

Articles by John Tilemann (7)

  • Australia-India nuclear deal: Parliamentary treaties committee recommends tough conditions

    Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) presented its report on the Australia India nuclear cooperation Agreement on 8 September after ten of months deliberation. JSCOT's advice must be 'taken into account' though not necessarily acted upon. The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India. The key recommendation is that the Government bring the Agreement into force but not approve any sales of uranium to India until certain conditions are met, which are:
  • NPT parties meet to review nuclear progress and challenges

    Every five years, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) parties meet to review progress in limiting nuclear weapons proliferation, reducing the threat of nuclear arms and facilitating the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The current review cycle culminates in the ninth NPT Review Conference in New York starting next Monday, 27 April, to 22 May. Only five countries will not be involved: India, Israel, Pakistan, North Kore and South Sudan.
  • India nuclear deal needs serious parliamentary scrutiny

    The Australian parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will soon review the proposed treaty between Australia and India on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, signed by Prime Ministers Abbott and Modi in New Delhi on 5 September 2014. A 1984 cartoon on Australia's uranium debate. (Courtesy of the Hawke Library.
  • Australia must push for regional adoption of Arms Trade Treaty

    On 24 December 2014, two decades of campaigning and several years of negotiations culminated in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) entering into force as an internationally legally binding instrument, having been ratified by 50 countries.  The ATT aims to provide a minimum international benchmark for responsible trade in conventional arms and addresses the roles of exporters, importers, transit states and brokering. Australia is already ATT compliant.
  • Australian recognised by UN's chemical weapons watchdog

    A scientist and WMD expert with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Dr Robert (Bob) Mathews, has been honoured by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for his contributions to chemical weapons disarmament in a ceremony on 1 December in The Hague. Dr Bob Mathews (Left), winner of the inaugural OPCW-The Hague Award, 1 December, 2014 This was the first of what is to be an annual award designed to preserve the legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize that was aw