Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Selma van Oostwaard


Doubting a Ban…

Amidst growing calls for the start of negotiations on a treaty banning all nuclear weapons, several states have expressed doubts about the feasibility and merits of such a legally binding instrument. This discussion paper unpacks some of these arguments and provides counterarguments.

This discussion paper unpacks some of the doubts states reying on nuclear deterrence have expressed with regard to a ban treaty. Some have argued that such a treaty:

– Is the wrong step at the wrong time

– Is meaningless without participation of all nuclear armed states

– Is a distraction from existing disarmament mechanisms and forums

– Is incompatible with NATO agreements

– Is undermining the security of NATO member states

Doubting a Ban… is distributed and presented at the 2014 NPT PrepCom and forms the basis for round table discussions in European capitals.

Download the report here: Doubting a Ban…

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Selma supports all the disarmament work at PAX with a special emphasis on the No Nukes team. In 2014 she and other PAX disarmament campaigners launched a public campaign in the Netherlands to initiate the creation of national legislation to outlaw nuclear weapons: One of the result of this national campaign is that a vast majority of the House wants the Netherlands to start working internationally for a nuclear weapons ban.

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