The 2005 NPT Review Conference: mission impossible?

Simpson, John and Nielsen, Jenny (2005) The 2005 NPT Review Conference: mission impossible?. Nonproliferation Review, 12 2: 271-301. doi:10.1080/10736700500378901

Author Simpson, John
Nielsen, Jenny
Title The 2005 NPT Review Conference: mission impossible?
Journal name Nonproliferation Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1073-6700
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10736700500378901
Open Access Status
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 271
End page 301
Total pages 31
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The 2005 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) failed to produce any agreed action plan for addressing nuclear disarmament or proliferation. Detailed discussions and negotiations on such a plan were much curtailed because of procedural wrangles. This article describes the evolution of the conference and argues that changes in the international political environment and problems inherent in the revised NPT review process agreed at its 1995 Extension Conference contributed to the meager outcome. The main issues raised by delegations in their plenary statements, working papers, and the limited time available for interactive discussion are summarized, and three perspectives are offered on the reasons for the lack of any substantive product. Finally, the implications of that failure for the NPT, its review process, the wider regime for international nuclear governance, and nuclear disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy are examined.
Keyword Nuclear nonproliferation
NPT review process
2005 NPT review conference
Nuclear disarmament
Non-proliferation treaty
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Also known as "The 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference: Mission Impossible?".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 01 Jul 2014, 17:42:58 EST by Jenny Nielsen on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies