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Beyond 1995

The Future of the NPT Regime

  • Joseph F. Pilat
  • Robert E. Pendley

Part of the Issues in International Security book series (IIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Joseph F. Pilat, Robert E. Pendley
    Pages 1-5
  3. Mohamed I. Shaker
    Pages 7-15
  4. Benjamin Sanders
    Pages 17-26
  5. Lewis A. Dunn
    Pages 27-40
  6. Lawrence Scheinman
    Pages 53-63
  7. Richard Butler
    Pages 65-71
  8. Antonio Carrea
    Pages 73-82
  9. Raju G. C. Thomas
    Pages 133-150
  10. Joseph F. Pilat
    Pages 151-163
  11. Joseph F. Pilat, Robert E. Pendley
    Pages 165-168
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 169-257

About this book

Introduction

There is almost universal support for the view that the world would be an even more dangerous place if there were to be more nuclear-weapon states. There would be more fingers on more triggers and, probably, a greater risk that a trigger might be pulled with incalculable consequences. It is easy to see, therefore, that there is a collective interest in avoiding the spread of nuclear weapons to further countries. Nations do not, however, normally undertake or refrain from actions because of such a collective interest; they do so because of their individual interests. This is especially true in the field of national security. A nation perceiving that it has a real interest in developing nuclear weapons is not very likely to refrain from doing so merely because it is told such development would be bad for the world community. If the global interest in avoiding the spread of nuclear weapons to more coun­ tries is to succeed, conditions that make it in the interest of each individual nation to renounce nuclear weapons need to be created or maintained. Fortunately, conditions have prevailed in which the vast majority of nations have seen an advantage in making legally binding nonproliferation commitments. An important rationale for many of these countries has been that these commitments would facilitate the transfer of desired civil nuclear technology.

Keywords

Disarmament General Assembly Resolution 1664 General Assembly Resolution 2028 General Assembly Resolution 2346 General Assembly Resolution 2373 General Assembly Resolution 3184 General Assembly Resolution 3261 General Assembly Resolution 33/57 NPT National Security Nonproliferation Treaty Nuclear Restraint Nuclear weapons Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Prolif

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph F. Pilat
    • 1
  • Robert E. Pendley
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for National Security StudiesLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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