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Disarmament Diplomacy and the Ban Treaty

Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Our world will be a safer and healthier place when we can admit that every time we make an atomic bomb we corrupt the morals of a host of innocent neutrons below the age of consent.” —W.H. Auden The drafting of a Ban (or Prohibition) Treaty, which resumes in June, is …

Brixey-Williams on the legal implications of the nuclear ban

This is a guest post by BASIC Project Leader Sebastian Brixey-Williams. The legal implications of the nuclear ban: separating fact from fiction   The nuclear ban treaty’s draft text is out, and the arms control community is beavering away trying to understand what it all means. I observed the first round of UN negotiations in March, …

On guard: North Korean private security and the UN

Malaysian-North Korean relations have been imploding since the assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur Airport, and the subsequent revelations that North Korea has been doing a whole lot of other shady things on Malaysian soil. If you haven’t already, read my colleague Dan Salisbury’s post about possible North Korean-Malaysian submarine building. Some of …

The 1st Nuclear Ban Draft is Out

Long time reader, first time Wonker.  My thanks to the Wonk-Supreme for allowing me to contribute. The president of the negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban convention has just released her first draft of the proposed treaty. As will become readily apparent, I am not an expert on international law, but I am a keenly-interested …

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