UN Begins Negotiations on Nuclear Ban Treaty
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Tue, 2017-03-28
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On March 27, 2016, The United Nations commenced negotiations on an international treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. While such high-level discussions should be considered a milestone event, the absence of some of the world’s major powers has resulted in political commentators questioning the possible impact of such a treaty—states absent include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Germany, and Japan. While these states have drawn international criticism because the decision to abstain is seen as clashing with their respective governments’ obligations under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the treaty opponents have expressed concern that the ban movement may actually undermine the authority of NPT obligations, establish conflicting obligations, erode the effectiveness of the existing NPT system, or distract attention from other critical priorities for nuclear governance and strategic stability.

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