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.
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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.
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