Monthly Archives: April 2015

Make Peace or Perish

A gender perspective on weapons, violence and security continues to be an essential component of efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

By Mia Gandenberger and Ray Acheson

This week in The Hague we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), which seeks an end to war and promoted nonviolent solutions to conflict. For 100 years, we have worked to prevent the development and deployment of violent technologies and called instead for the development of norms, principles, practices, and institutions of peace and justice. We have opposed militarism and the structures of power that sustain it, including patriarchy—a system and culture of gender inequality.

NPT paper 5: NPT success and the humanitarian initiative

A range of initiatives is required to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world

By John Borrie, Tim Caughley, and Nick Ritchie
  • Underlying the challenges for the next five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in April and May 2015, which include lack of progress both on nuclear disarmament and the convening of a Middle East regional conference on a weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-free zone, NPT members have quite diverse priorities.

NPT paper 4: On builders and blockers

States have different roles to play to complete the nuclear disarmament puzzle

By Torbjørn Graff Hugo
  • A focus on building blocks invites an analysis of roles and responsibilities for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.

NPT paper 3: Analysing effective measures

Options for multilateral nuclear disarmament and implementation of NPT article VI

By Tim Caughley
  • Recent public concern about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons has helped to sharpen the focus on measures by which the international community could progressively achieve the eventual elimination of these arms.

NPT paper 2: On the ethics of nuclear weapons

Framing a political consensus on the unacceptability of nuclear weapons

By Nobuo Hayashi
  • The absence of a specific ban on nuclear weapons under today’s international law mirrors our moral ambivalence about them.

NPT paper 1: The humanitarian initiative in 2015

Expectations are building for the need for nuclear disarmament progress

By Nick Ritchie
  • Decisive multilateral progress toward a nuclear-weapon-free world led by the nuclear-armed states has not been forthcoming since the end of the Cold War, as many once expected.