Conclusion: Towards Non-Nuclear Peace

  • Tom SauerEmail author
  • Jorg Kustermans
  • Barbara Segaert
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


The history of the nuclear era can be chronologically divided into three debates: the first is the classic debate about the costs and benefits of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence, and the desirability of a nuclear weapons free world. The second debate is about the costs and benefits of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Both debates are still raging. The newest debate has only started at the margins. It is about the question which political and institutional conditions are needed to make a world without nuclear weapons feasible. This volume wants to set up a framework that helps students of international politics grasp the finesses of this crucial (and hopefully) last debate about the future of nuclear weapons.


Non-nuclear peace Nuclear arms control Nuclear deterrence Nuclear ban treaty Humanitarian initiative Stigmatization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA)AntwerpBelgium

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