The humanitarian initiative on disarmament and the 2015 NPT review process

Nielsen, Jenny (2014). The humanitarian initiative on disarmament and the 2015 NPT review process. In: Proceedings of the Inaugural British International Studies Association (BISA) Global Nuclear Order Working Group Conference: New Perspectives on Global Nuclear Order 2013. New Perspectives on Global Nuclear Order: Inaugural Conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group 2013, Leicester, UK, (13-17). 19 September, 2013.

Author Nielsen, Jenny
Title of paper The humanitarian initiative on disarmament and the 2015 NPT review process
Conference name New Perspectives on Global Nuclear Order: Inaugural Conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group 2013
Conference location Leicester, UK
Conference dates 19 September, 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Inaugural British International Studies Association (BISA) Global Nuclear Order Working Group Conference: New Perspectives on Global Nuclear Order 2013
Place of Publication Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK
Publisher British International Studies Association (BISA)
Publication Year 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Start page 13
End page 17
Total pages 5
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The humanitarian initiative addressing the disarmament pillar of the NPT is gaining strength and momentum inside and out of the NPT review process. The March 2013 Oslo conference on humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, boycotted by the P5, was attended by 127 states (including two non-NPT nuclear states). The P5 claim the conference and similar initiatives on nuclear disarmament, including the Open-Ended Working Group, distract and divert attention from the P5 step-by-step disarmament process. The humanitarian statement at the 2013 NPT PrepCom gained support from 80 states parties, including four NATO states. This paper will assess the nuanced aims of the NPT states parties promoting and supporting the humanitarian initiative and implications for grouping dynamics and consensus-building during the 2015 NPT review process. In doing so, the following issues will be addressed: To what extent is the new humanitarian initiative challenging the paradigm and social construct of nuclear deterrence? Is this initiative indeed reframing the debate on nuclear weapons based on humanitarian law in efforts to devalue nuclear weapons in security strategies?

• Is the ultimate aim of the initiative to delegitimize nuclear weapons and is this initiative the start of a process to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons? Or is it to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and devalue these weapons?
• To what extent can NATO and nuclear umbrella states reconcile their support for the humanitarian initiative with their dependency on extended nuclear deterrence? Are these postures compatible?
• To what extent is this initiative and the perceptions of the initiative by various groupings and states parties of the NPT review process
Keyword Nuclear disarmament
Nuclear nonproliferation
Nuclear non-proliferation treaty
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Presented as "The humanitarian initiative and the 2015 NPT review process: distraction, paradigm shift and umbrella states".

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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Created: Thu, 03 Jul 2014, 13:37:02 EST by Jenny Nielsen on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies