Nuclear Arms Control: A Realistic Global Agenda
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Nuclear Arms Control: A Realistic Global Agenda

APLN Policy Brief 8

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The optimism of 2009-10 is fading, and political momentum is faltering, on new nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation measures. To re-energize the global arms control debate, it is important that advocates for change spell out action agendas which are realistic and capable of being embraced by all relevant players – not only civil society organizations, but the major nuclear-armed states and other significant state actors capable of applying peer group pressure. Disarmament advocacy, while continuing to stress complete elimination as the objective, should recognize the complex dynamics of particular pair relationships (including US-Russia, US-China, and India–Pakistan), and focus in the short and medium term on the “minimization” agenda: stabilization of, and major further reductions in, nuclear weapons stockpiles; dramatic reductions in weapons deployment and launch readiness; and universal acceptance of “No First Use” doctrine. Non-proliferation efforts need to focus not only on current breakout risks like Iran, but strengthening NPT compliance mechanisms, further building non-NPT treaties and arrangements like export controls, and winning industry and government support for proliferation-resistant technology and fuel supply arrangements.

About the Author

Gareth Evans was formerly Foreign Minister of Australia (1988–96) and President of the International Crisis Group (2000–09). He cochaired the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008–10), and is currently Chancellor of The Australian National University, Convenor of the APLN, and Chair of the International Advisory Board of the CNND.


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