The Future of NPT

Hanson, M. (2005) The Future of NPT. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 59 3: 301-316. doi:10.1080/10357710500232998

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Author Hanson, M.
Title The Future of NPT
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
0004-9913
Publication date 2005-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357710500232998
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 301
End page 316
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 160607 International Relations
Abstract The recently concluded 2005 Review Conference (RevCon) of the nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) revealed what was widely expected but nevertheless deeply troubling: that the regime was in a fragile state, marked by internal incompatibilities and serious cases of evasion and non-compliance, but also by a determination among certain states to be spoilers at the Review Conference, thus ensuring a poor outcome at the May meeting. This article argues that there is no viable alternative to the NPT, and that calls to abolish it are flawed, inviting instability and danger. Throwing out the NPT would require either a replacement regime, which in the absence of substantial change and political will among key states is merely bound to replicate the existing anomalies and grievances, or allowing and accepting further proliferation (as is suggested elsewhere in this volume by Michael Wesley) in the hope that this can be 'managed'.
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