from International Institutions and Global Governance Program

Controlling the Further Spread of Nuclear Weapons

April 23, 2010


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Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament


At the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference in May 2010, the topic of nuclear disarmament certainly will be discussed. But by their nature, large-scale international efforts involve consensus among a multitude of parties. Efforts to control nuclear weapons and their associated technologies run into particular technical limits. In this International Institutions and Global Governance program Working Paper, Henry Sokolski argues that current U.S. political will to reduce nuclear dangers should be channeled into a practical set of control measures that are more likely to secure bipartisan support and can begin to be implemented without the legal consent of other states.