The concept of ‘virtual nuclear abolition’ appeals to the same realist self-help arguments that are normally invoked to explain why nuclear disarmament is neither feasible nor desirable.
Enforcing compliance of nuclear rules works when the non-compliant actor changes its objectives and/or military force is viable. In other cases, bargaining is necessary. This makes justice, not compliance, the framework, which has implications.
To ensure a broader conclusion for Iran is justified, the IAEA must adhere to a set of guiding principles and procedures and disregard political considerations or pressure from member states.
What is the current relationship between disarmament and strategic stability? How might arms control and disarmament change in the twenty-first century? What relevance does the security environment have in current and future arms control initiatives?
With membership bids from India and Pakistan, the Nuclear Suppliers Group is faced with a key decision over its non-proliferation agenda.
For India, challenges remain six years after a road map for NSG membership initially emerged.
Incremental practical steps and confidence-building measures offer the best hope for progress toward the creation of a weapons of mass destruction–free zone in the Middle East.
As the first anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran approaches, it is time to look ahead to the long-term implications of the agreement.
Five months into the Iran deal’s implementation, the IAEA reports that Tehran is in compliance with its obligations. But there are some potential problems on the horizon.
Four scenarios for the future as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action approaches its one year mark.