Monthly Archives: May 2010

Towards action on the Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

The just concluded 2010 NPT Review Conference not only avoided the disaster of the 2005 Conference, it managed a major achievement – agreement to finally act on a 1995 promise to pursue the establishment of a Middle East zone free … Continue reading

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The Iran fuel swap: a (very) modest proposal

The fuel swap proposal put forward jointly by Turkey, Brazil, and Iran will likely turn out to be much less consequential than either its critics or supporters contend. The proposal to exchange Iranian enriched uranium for reactor fuel certainly does … Continue reading

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Canada addresses disarmament at the NPT

After omitting any reference to disarmament in the Foreign Affairs Minister’s opening statement to the current NPT Review Conference, Canada’s statement to the Conference’s disarmament committee (Main Committee I) addresses the key themes. The disarmament statement was presented by Canada’s … Continue reading

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Canada’s opening statement at NPT: promoting nonproliferation while ignoring disarmament

Canada has managed the extraordinary feat of presenting its opening statement to the NPT Review Conference without any substantive reference to “disarmament” – one of the three foundational pillars of the Treaty. Actually, the statement by Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon … Continue reading

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US Disclosure of Operational Warhead Totals

“This disclosure is a monumental step toward greater nuclear transparency that breaks with outdated Cold War nuclear secrecy and will put significant pressure on other weapon states to reciprocate.” Hans M. Kristensen (Federation of American Scientists) As noted here yesterday,[i] … Continue reading

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The Global Nuclear Arsenal and the NPT conference

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference opened in New York today – a good occasion to recall the size of the nuclear arsenal that the Treaty promises, through Article VI and earlier Review Conferences, to eliminate. The short answer … Continue reading

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