A group of global security leaders, including Chair of the ELN Lord Des Browne and ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson, call on the P5 to reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war must never be fought following Biden-Putin meeting.
The NPT requires modernisation to adapt to today’s challenges and provide a comprehensive approach, writes Tarja Cronberg. She argues that as reform is politically impossible because of the P5’s veto power, it must be renegotiated.
The UK’s recent changes to nuclear policy cast a shadow over preparations for the NPT Review Conference. But there is still time for the P5 to take actions to rebuild trust and confidence. UNIDIR’s Wilfred Wan lays out key recommendations.
Carlo Trezza argues it is time for the US to take up the policy of “no first use” of nuclear weapons, to show other nuclear states that this is both possible and desirable, and ultimately to reduce the risks of any nuclear confrontation.
For the first time since the Cold War, the UK’s Integrated Review increases the limit for British nuclear warheads. While Russia’s nuclear doctrine and emerging technologies seem to be the most important driver behind the decision, it will be difficult for the UK Government to justify how this fits with NPT disarmament obligations.
In this report, Tariq Rauf discusses organisational matters relating to the postponement of the review conference to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and considers the proposal to convene the conference in 2022 in Vienna, Austria.