Tag: NWFZ

One night in Bangkok

An overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in Southeast Asia.

By ILPI
23 November 2016

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This article provides an overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts in Southeast Asia, exploring, in particular, the establishment of the Southeast Asia nuclear-weapon-free zone (SEANWFZ). The paper also considers the role of Southeast Asian states in the humanitarian discourse on nuclear disarmament and in international efforts to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

The road to Pelindaba

An overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in Africa

By ILPI
29 July 2016

This article provides an overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in Africa. It explores the process that led to the establishment of an African nuclear-weapon-free zone, and discusses the terms of its founding document, the Pelindaba Treaty. It also discusses the role of African states in recent and on-going disarmament processes such as the review cycle of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Initiative. The article concludes with a discussion of the future of African states’ engagement in the movement towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Spelling Tlatelolco

An overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean

By ILPI
5 July 2016

This article provides an overview of the history and politics of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean. A particular emphasis is placed on the Latin American and Caribbean nuclear-weapon-free zone. We discuss the terms of the Treaty and how the zone came to include states that were initially reluctant to join it. With this as a backdrop, we also consider the role of Latin American and Caribbean states in ongoing efforts to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Regional roundtable meeting in Pretoria

On 17-18 February the WMD project of the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) held its 11th regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons outside Pretoria, South Africa.

By Torbjørn Graff Hugo

The meeting was organized in collaboration with the South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The purpose of the roundtable was to bring together key government stakeholders from the African continent to discuss both substantive and process-related aspects of an international nuclear disarmament, with a particular focus on a planned Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Geneva. A key issue to be explored was the role of Africa and African states in this field.

Nuclear umbrella or nuclear-free?

Australia’s disarmament dilemma

By Michael Hamel-Green

In this background paper, professor Michael Hamel-Green unpacks the paradox of Australia on the one hand being party to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, and relying on a nuclear security strategy through the ANZUS Security Treaty with the United States on the other.

ILPI roundtable discussion in Tagaytay, June 2014

On 3–4 June 2014, ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project organized its 7th regional roundtable meeting near Manila, the Philippines, in collaboration with the Center for Peace Education (CPE) at Miriam College and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). A total of 17 individuals attended the conference, from eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Six of the participants were government officials, the rest from civil society and academia. The topic of discussion was the role of the Asia–Pacific region in the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons, and the road ahead in the field of nuclear disarmament. The meeting stretched from lunch to lunch, and was held at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay, near Manila.

ILPI roundtable discussion in Lusaka, May 2014

On 26–27 May 2014, ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project organized its 6th regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons in Lusaka, Zambia. The meeting was organized in collaboration with Zambian Health Workers for Social Responsibility (the Zambian branch of IPPNW) and closely coordinated with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss issues related to Africa’s role in the humanitarian initiative, and the prospects for a ban on nuclear weapons.

Central Asia

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The Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia, commonly known as the Treaty of Semipalatinsk, was signed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on 8 September 2006. The Treaty was quickly ratified by all signatories, and entered into force on 21 March 2009.