Two different approaches for pursuing the nuclear disarmament goal enshrined in article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty are currently being advanced. A step-by-step approach has historically received broad support, but some non-nuclear-weapon states are increasingly unsatisfied with what they view as a lack of progress. Some of these states see an alternative approach—seeking a legal prohibition on nuclear weapons—as an increasingly necessary step to break the logjam. Negotiations on such a ban will begin in 2017. What are the consequences of these developments for the nuclear order? Is there any way to bridge the gap between these seemingly contradictory visions? What role can and should non-nuclear-weapon states play in disarmament?


Marjolijn Van Deelen, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Susan Burk, Independent Consultant
Beatrice Fihn, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Dell Higgie, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Polling Question

What policy should the United States adopt toward the upcoming negotiations over a treaty to ban nuclear weapons?

Number of respondents: 41

This poll was taken during the conference but was not specifically linked to this session.