Overwhelmingly, the story has been one of paralysis, minimal forward movement, and significant backsliding.
Today only four states – India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan – remain outside the NPT. Appropriate mechanisms must be put in place for non-NPT states to adopt disarmament measures.
The Chemical Weapons Convention and the NPT demonstrated break-out frameworks for containing WMD threats.
Ramesh Thakur examines the current architecture of nuclear weapons global governance and suggests steps to prioritize moving forward.
"The nuclear-armed states – led by the U.S. and Russia, who between them possess 95 per cent of the world‟s nuclear weapons – must get serious about their disarmament commitments."
Transparency is fundamental to building confidence and trust. Whatever processes it involves, transparency lies at the heart of every confidence and security building measure ever devised.
The launch was announced today of a new group called the 'APLN,' comprising leaders from thirteen countries around the region, including nuclear weapons possessing states.