On Sunday 10 December the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for their work on the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). To examine the implications of this treaty for the global nuclear order, the ELN has commissioned a collection of essays, bringing together contributions from a distinguished group of nuclear policy and arms control experts.
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Carlo Trezza argues that after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations, political and spiritual leaders should continue be engaged at the highest levels in efforts to ensure that non-use of nuclear weapons continues.
Sergio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, discusses the problems inherent in applying the NPT as a (albeit imperfect) global norm to the Iranian nuclear negotiations.
Petr Topychkanov argues that Russia's primary use of the 2015 NPT RevCon was to develop its policy towards the INF. Whilst the Kremlin currently considers adherence to the INF to be in Russia's interests, a future withdrawal cannot be ruled out.
Henrik Salander assesses the impact of a "failed" NPT Review Conference, and answers the "most pressing question": how will Non-Nuclear Weapons States manage their disappointment and approach disarmament in the future?
Lukasz Kulesa summarises the process of the 2015 NPT Revcon before highlighting the difficulties the format faces in the future.