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May 12, 2009

2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference

IN THIS ISSUE
  • Grading Progress on 13 Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament
    Policy Outlook
  • Don't Wait For the United States
    CTBTO Spectrum
  • Russia to Link Missile Defense in Europe with Nuclear Arms Treaty
    RIA Novosti
  • Chain Reaction
    Foreign Policy
  • France, Saudi Close to Civil Nuclear Pact: Minister
    Agence France-Presse
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Grading Progress on 13 Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament

Sharon Squassoni, Policy Outlook
UNAs North Korea prepares for another nuclear test and Iran continues to install centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) needs shoring up more than ever. Delegates are meeting in New York now to prepare for the next review of the landmark treaty in 2010. A topic that will certainly be on the agenda is the "13 Practical Steps" toward nuclear disarmament.

All NPT states agreed in 2000 to lay out a practical path toward nuclear disarmament—the 13 Steps. Are these still the right steps? How far have we come? Sharon Squassoni assesses the progress of the declared nuclear-weapon states (United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom) on the steps, and recommends measures to breathe new life into the 13 Steps or a similar package.

Don't Wait For the United States

Deepti Choubey, CTBTO Spectrum
After Republicans halted the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1999, the Bush administration treated it as a four letter word not to be uttered in its bilateral talks with both nuclear and non-nuclear weapon States. The time has come to put the CTBT back on the agenda of other nations and not just the United States.

Russia to Link Missile Defense in Europe with Nuclear Arms Treaty

RIA Novosti
Russia will link U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe with the issues of strategic offensive armaments in relations with the United States, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.

Chain Reaction

Joseph Cirincione, Foreign Policy
Most of my nonproliferation colleagues think that having the United States help build a nuclear power reactor for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a great idea. I think it is a big mistake.

France, Saudi Close to Civil Nuclear Pact: Minister

Agence France-Presse
France and Saudi Arabia are close to finalizing a civil nuclear cooperation pact which could lead to the sale of French atomic energy technology, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said on Sunday.

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