Negotiations over the fissile materials cut-off treaty (FMCT) may finally be restarted. This is why the FMCT remains important among states unlikely to outright sign off on the Ban Treaty.
The recently published draft text of a convention to ban the bomb provides a good basis to complete negotiations of a treaty to prohibit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The first part of negotiations mandated by the UN General Assembly ended on an optimistic tone, with delegates from 120+ states ready to start discussing the draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
Dangerous developments in North Korea should prompt the international community to set out at once on a diplomatic agenda for action.
Overwhelmingly, the story has been one of paralysis, minimal forward movement, and significant backsliding.
The future of nuclear disarmament appears bleak, but a more assertive United States has the potential to make immense progress if adjustments to the nuclear force posture are adjusted.
Gareth Evans emphasizes the need to re-energize both the nuclear nonproliferation and the nuclear disarmament agenda in a manner that could be embraced by all relevant players.