Published on April 20th, 2018 | by Susi Snyder


Banned but Allied

In advance of the 2018 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting, PAX is pleased to offer this new publication Banned but Allied: Next steps for NATO Alliance members after the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsThis food for thought piece is designed to spark debate and discussion about practical steps the majority of NATO members should consider towards reducing tension, building confidence and moving concretely down the path towards a nuclear weapons free world.

Recent developments demonstrate the necessity for states to make a decision- either prepare for the eventual use of nuclear weapons (the likely result of new nuclear arms developments and actual threats to unleash fire and fury) – or States can choose to facilitate the end of nuclear weapons by supporting the early entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

NATO members should be preparing to stop hosting foreign nuclear weapons, shifting political statements to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons (and nuclear tensions), resist the development and deployment of new nuclear weapons or weapons with new nuclear capabilities and re-interpret national burden sharing commitments in light of long term needs of the alliance.

Historically several NATO members have shown leadership in also outlawing the financing of the production of prohibited weapons through national legislation, and this is also a step that would support the goal of a nuclear weapons free world.

Download the full publication here.

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About the Author

Susi is the project lead for the PAX No Nukes project, she also coordinates the Don’t Bank on the Bomb research and campaign. She is an expert on nuclear weapons, with over two decades experience working at the intersect between nuclear weapons and human rights. In addition to the annual Don't Bank on the Bomb reports, Susi has published numerous reports and articles, including Banned but Allied: Next steps for NATO Alliance members after the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2018); Escalating tensions: The perfect time to negotiate the outlaw and elimination of nuclear weapons(2015); Dealing with a ban (2015); The Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion (2014); ‘Disarm, dismantle and make a profit: A cost-benefit analysis of nuclear modernisation versus nuclear disarmament’ (2013), and Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe (2011). She represents PAX on the International Steering Group of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Susi is a 2016 Nuclear Free Future Award Laureate. Previously, Mrs. Snyder served as the Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at their Geneva secretariat, and she is still President of the WILPF United Nations Office. She was named Hero of Las Vegas in 2001 for her work with Indigenous populations against US nuclear weapons development and nuclear waste dumping. Susi currently lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands with her husband and son.

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