The 2010 NPT Review Conference: An Assessment of Outcome and Outlook (SWP 11)

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Meyer, Paul, The 2010 NPT Review Conference: An Assessment of Outcome and Outlook, Simons Papers in Security and Development, No. 11/2011, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University,Vancouver, July 2011.

 

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2011
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1922-5725
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Arms control
Diplomacy
Institutional deficit
Middle East
Multilateralism
Nuclear politics
Nuclear proliferation
United Nations
Weapons of mass destruction
WMD - free zone
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The May 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was the first such conference in a decade to conclude with a substantive Final Document, containing a 64 point Action Plan. How significant was the agreement reached by consensus at the Conference, and what does it portend for the health of the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime? This paper assesses the outcome across the three ‘pillars’ of the NPT—nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy—as well as the major regional and institutional issues addressed at the conference. It concludes that the result of the 2010 Review Conference is best described as a status quo outcome and little was achieved in resolving the underlying tensions that threaten the NPT's authority.

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