Monthly Archives: January 2015

The NPT in 2015 and the humanitarian initiative

Is the current inequitable global nuclear order sustainable? If not, does it matter? What are the implications for the NPT, and how does the so-called humanitarian initiative feature in the dynamics of its 2015 five-yearly review meeting?

Catholic Church Pivots on the Acceptability of Nuclear Deterrence

During the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, the Holy See formulated a new policy on the ethics of nuclear deterrence. Does this change in policy imply a wider doctrinal change in the Holy See’s interpretation of the rules of war?   

Why so surprised?

It is over 45 years since the NPT was agreed. The pursuit of negotiations by its parties on effective measures for nuclear disarmament—a central obligation of that treaty—has yet to leave the starting blocks.  In the face of this protracted delay and a growing lack of confidence in current disarmament forums, is it any wonder that new ways of seeking progress are afoot?