Dr Michal Onderco is a Professor of International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam and an affiliate at Peace Research Center Prague. He studies international security, focusing on nuclear politics and the domestic politics of foreign policy. He authored Networked Nonproliferation (Stanford UP, 2021) and Iran’s Nuclear Program and the Global South (Palgrave, 2016), as well as papers which appeared in International Studies Quarterly, European Union Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Cooperation & Conflict, The Nonproliferation Review (and elsewhere). In 2018-2019, he was a Junior Faculty Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Content by Michal Onderco
Analysing the discussions at the First Meeting of the States Parties of the TPNW last month, Michal Onderco and Valerio Vignoli find that there are real divisions among ban treaty members. As delegates to the RevCon begin their deliberations in New York this week, they will benefit from understanding that there is enough common ground to build coalitions with nuclear ban supporters.
In January 2021 the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force as part of international law. Michal Onderco argues that to effectively contribute to nuclear disarmament, the TPNW will need to find new strategies to build broader support.
Rapid advances in cyberspace and emerging technologies such as AI and hypersonic weapons compound the risks of close calls, mishaps, and misunderstandings in the nuclear domain. To respond effectively to these new threats we need to start thinking more creatively about arms control.