By Tariq Rauf This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and coincidentally the tenth quinquennial (five yearly) review conference is scheduled to be held at the United Nations in New York from 27 April to 22 May. With 191 States parties, the NPT is the cornerstone of the global regime… Read More Opinion: The 2020 NPT Review Conference: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous!
By Tariq Rauf The international nuclear arms control community will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on 5 March 2020. Yet, the more significant anniversary will fall on 11 May—the date in 1995 when the NPT was rendered of indefinite duration. Few would have thought that a… Read More Analysis: Is Past Prologue? Examining NPT Review Conference Commitments
By Tariq Rauf August 6 and August 9 will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No sentient human being who has met or seen the hibakusha (survivors), or visited the hypocentres in the two cities, or seen the photographic evidence of the destruction of these two Japanese cities, can avoid being… Read More Opinion: Uncertainty Haunts the Future of Non-Proliferation Treaty and Disarmament
By Tariq Rauf As Spring is in the offing, the days are drawing near when representatives of up to 191 countries will convene at a review conference at the United Nations in New York, from 27 April 27 to 22 May, to celebrate 50 years of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) being in force. Coincidentally,… Read More Opinion: Relentless Spread of Coronavirus Obliges Postponing of 2020 NPT Review to 2021