Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones

In this section, we have gathered some recommended readings on the issue of nuclear-weapon-free zones.

The Treaty of Pelindaba on the African nuclear-weapon-free zone
Oluyemi Adeniji, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), 2002.
Provides a thorough and detailed historical account of the development of the African nuclear-weapon-free zone treaty.
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The Treaty of Pelindaba- towards the full implementation of the African NWFZ Treaty
Noël Stott, Disarmament Forum, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), no.2, 2011, pp. 15-26.
Provides a brief historical background and an overview of developments in its implementation since the African nuclear-weapon-free zone treaty, commonly known as the Treaty of Pelindaba, entered into force. To read the article, click here (pdf).

Peeling the orange: regional paths to a nuclear-weapon-free world
Michael Hamel-Green, Disarmament Forum, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), no.2, 2011, pp. 3-14.
Gives a brief review of the history of regional nuclear weapons free zones initiatives. The author also examines the contributions of current zones to security, non-proliferation and disarmament in and beyond their regions, and dicusses possible future nuclear weapons free zones. Click here (pdf) to access the article.

Possible elements of an NWFZ in the Middle East
Nabil Fhamy and Patricia Lewis, Disarmament Forum, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), no.2, 2011, pp. 39-50.
Discusses what may form the basis of a nuclear weapons free zone treaty in the Middle East, in the lead up to a proposed Middle East weapons of mass destruction-free zone Conference to be held in 2012. The authors focus on what the substance and content in such as treaty may be by discussing definition of terms and scope of the treaty, basic obligations, means of verification and monitoring compliance, and additional measures. To see the full article, click here (pdf).