Arms Control, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Diplomacy

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BASIC has followed developments around nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament treaties for almost thirty years. This page includes links to issue areas for recent coverage, factsheets and other resources for key treaties, initiatives and dialogues that BASIC has focused on as key steps in achieving progress towards our vision. To get started, here is a factsheet giving a brief introduction to the key treaties, resolutions, and bodies in the international non-proliferation and disarmament regime.

Issue areas:

  1. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) 

  2. Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT)

  3. Iran & P5+1 negotiations

  4. Middle East WMD Free Zone

  5. New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)

  6. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

  7. Nuclear Security and the Nuclear Security Summits (NSS)

Recent content about Arms Control, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament

Nuclear disarmament approaches after the Ban Treaty: a personal view

The Ban Treaty is now open for signature, and over 50 states were reported to have signed on its first day. It is one of the few points of bright optimism in an otherwise very dark sky overshadowing global nuclear diplomacy, though equally it has its downsides and risks. There will now be a concerted effort by campaigners to achieve the 50 ratifications necessary for entry into force. But this effort may not be the most important dimension of the issue in the near future.

What’s next for the nuclear ban treaty?

Ban coming

The official draft text of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons is likely to be published in the next two weeks (15-26 May). This timing has been determined by the intention to avoid distracting from the NPT PrepCom, drawing to a close on 11 May. Written by the Chair of the process, the draft will be considered by states at the next round of negotiations to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from 15 June-7 July. That leaves ban treaty proponents two weeks to lobby governments around the world and get their support.

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Should the UK adopt a Restricted First Use policy?

On the 17th January, Democratic Senator Ed Markey and Representative Ted Lieu introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act 2017 in both houses of Congress. Four months later, a petition in support of the Bill has received over 500,000 signatures.

US and the INF Treaty: Testing NATO: 3rd April 2017

The US response to Russia’s supposed violation of the INF Treaty is a litmus test for the Trump administration’s approach to arms controls and strategic stability. It will give a clear indication of the Administration’s attitude towards relations with Russia, its NATO allies and to arms control more generally.