Fiddling while Rome burns? The 2004 NPT PrepCom

Simpson, John and Nielsen, Jenny (2004) Fiddling while Rome burns? The 2004 NPT PrepCom. Nonproliferation Review, 11 2: 116-141. doi:10.1080/10736700408436968

Author Simpson, John
Nielsen, Jenny
Title Fiddling while Rome burns? The 2004 NPT PrepCom
Journal name Nonproliferation Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1073-6700
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10736700408436968
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 116
End page 141
Total pages 26
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A range of disturbing developments in the international nuclear nonproliferation arena took place during the twelve months between the 2003 and 2004 sessions of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (2005 NPT RevCon). Yet the 2004 session, as many of those attending might be forgiven for characterizing it, was a case of "fiddling while Rome burns." While most of the key contemporary issues found their way into the debates at the PrepCom's 2004 session, its ending was confused and confusing. This outcome served to reinforce those voices arguing that the NPT is neither where the nuclear nonproliferation "action" is , nor a forum for serious dialogue and potential agreement on nuclear nonproliferation issues. For them, moves by "coalitions of the willing"—rather than collective action in an NPT form—are now the main method for effectively combating noncompliance with the existing nonproliferation norms and rules...
Keyword Nuclear nonproliferation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Also known as "Fiddling while Rome burns? The 2004 Session for the 2005 NPT Review Conference".

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