The Conference on Disarmament has lost traction, and it seems clear that it will not initiate negotiations on an FMCT unless Pakistan (and maybe others) decides to join the consensus. CTBT ratification has slowed and entry into force is a distant possibility at best. Prospects for a nuclear weapons convention are even dimmer. Amid this gloomy outlook, are these treaties vital to progress on nonproliferation and disarmament? Is there a future for universal treaties? Can ad hoc measures, such as those seen in recent years in the area of nuclear security, offer an alternative path, and if so in what areas?

Deepti Choubey,  Christoph Eichhorn, Maleeha Lodhi, and William Potter discuss the future of universal treaties. Share your comments and questions below.