Reflections and recommendations on the future of non-proliferation and disarmament

  • AUTHORShata Shetty and Denitsa Raynova, European Leadership Network
  • May 5, 2018


This piece by the ELN's Deputy Director, Shata Shetty, and Policy Fellow Denitsa Raynova makes the case for why it is in the global interest to take steps to preserve the NPT and revive political leadership in nuclear diplomacy.

They argue that the treaty is a global public good and that there should be no complacency over its health and future. The case must now be re-made for the security benefits it delivers to all states, whether party to the treaty or not, across geographical and geopolitical divides. The current situation should be seen as an opportunity to revisit old assumptions, re-assess priorities and consider more modest, but practical arrangements that can serve as bridge-builders between polarised communities. 

The note is drawn from issues raised during a recent international conference, ‘Bridging the Gap: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty’ held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 22 - 23 March and co-hosted by the Toda Peace Institute, the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) and the European Leadership Network (ELN), in partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

This summary and brief were originally published in the European Leadership Network, a sister organization of the APLN. To view the original page, please click here.