Jeffrey LewisBeauty Queen's Guide to World Peace

Dan Plesch has an iconic logo (left) for his new book, The Beauty Queen’s Guide to World Peace, that makes Arms Control Wonk feel strangely inadequate.

I’ve only read Chapter 8, not surprisingly on disarmament. But I like what I read. Plesch “explains how the [arms control] treaties agreed up to 1996 provide the basis for a verified programme of general and complete disarmament.”

A point near and dear to my heart:

Meeting our “disarmament” obligation does not require immediate or unilateral nuclear disarmament, or even anything remotely dangerous; rather it merely requires good faith participation in the arms control agenda laid out in the Final Document of the 2000 NPT Review Conference, which established thirteen “practical steps” that defined a good faith effort, including ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and negotiation of a treaty to ban the production of fissile material.

Now, I just need a logo …

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