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Ceasefire.ca blog, March 23, 2018

The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons?

(A graphic states that there are already 57 signatories to the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.)

So begins a masterful article by Paul Meyer and Tom Sauer on how the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, aka the Ban Treaty, came about and its implications for bringing humanity closer to a world without nuclear weapons.

The ban treaty will forbid the development, production, testing, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, possession and stationing — as well as the use and threat of use — of nuclear weapons.  As Meyer and Sauer point out, this renders the decades-old doctrine of nuclear deterrence illegal for the signatory states, and in the eyes of the hundreds of millions of citizens around the world who support the treaty.

The underlying driver of the ban treaty has been the frustration among the non-nuclear states with the unfulfilled promise of the nuclear-weapons states to pursue total nuclear disarmament…. For anyone who is not absolutely sure that nuclear deterrence will always work, the risks associated with these weapons are unacceptably high.
Although the treaty’s adoption at the close of negotiations by 122 states certainly represents a major diplomatic achievement, the authors acknowledge that it is fair to ask what its impact on global nuclear affairs ultimately will be.

…the treaty may encourage enhanced restraint by private sector firms (especially banks and investment funds) with respect to their exposure to the nuclear weapons industry.
And then there is the UK.

For the full article, click: The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A sign of Global Impatience – by Paul Meyer and Tom Sauer (IISS journal Survival, Vol.60, 2018 – Issue 2, pp. 61-72).
 
Graphic credit: Sarah Davies



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