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Commentary

Kill the NPT Collapse Thesis

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is often alleged to be at risk of “crumbling” or "damaged beyond repair”. Kjølv Egeland, Fellow at the Norwegian Academy of International Law, argues that this fear-mongering is unfounded. The NPT is one of the most widely supported international agreements that exist today. The challenge facing its supporters is not damage-limitation or “protecting what we’ve got” but extending the disarmament norm.

20 July 2018 | Kjølv Egeland
Global Security|NPT|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons
Policy brief

Nuclear Responsibility: A New Framework to Assess U.S. and Russian Behaviour

Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London (KCL) and Amelia Morgan, Research Assistant at KCL's Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) examine how the United States and Russia could become more responsible nuclear actors and strengthen the global nuclear order at a time when it is most fragile.

19 June 2018 | Heather Williams and Amelia Morgan
Euro-Atlantic Security|NPT|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons|Risk Reduction|Russia|United States
Commentary

Reflections and recommendations: The future of non-proliferation and disarmament

Shata Shetty, ELN Deputy Director and Denitsa Raynova, ELN Policy Fellow highlight that in the current deteriorating security environment there should be no complacency over the health and future of the NPT. The case must be re-made for the security benefits of this vital treaty. The current situation can be turned into an opportunity to revisit old assumptions, re-assess priorities and consider modest, but practical arrangements which can serve as bridge-builders between polarised communities.

Global Security|Deterrence|NPT|Nuclear Arms Control|nuclear ban treaty|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons|APLN|ELN
Policy brief

Ban the Bomb? Or Bomb the Ban?

Continuing our series of guest commentaries on the ban treaty, Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, argues that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is essentially a protest vote which may end up harming much more than it helps.

22 March 2018 | Brad Roberts
Global Security|Arms Control|Deterrence|Nuclear Arms Control|nuclear ban treaty|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

The 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review: a headache for Europe

Łukasz Kulesa, Research Director for the ELN, argues that while some in Europe will welcome the new NPR, its findings and recommendations are likely to cause friction in US-Europe relations.

6 February 2018 | Lukasz Kulesa
Euro-Atlantic Security|Global Security|Europe|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons|United States
Report

Breakthrough or Breakpoint? Global Perspectives on the Nuclear Ban Treaty

To examine the implications of the nuclear ban treaty, the ELN has brought together contributions from a distinguished group of nuclear policy and arms control experts who present and analyse national and institutional attitudes towards the ban treaty and assess whether these are likely to change over time. The aim is to encourage a better understanding of the underlying motives and objectives of the treaty as well as the rationale of those who still remain cautious or hostile.

8 December 2017 | Shatabhisha Shetty and Denitsa Raynova
Global Security|Deterrence|NATO|NPT|nuclear ban treaty|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons