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Non Proliferation Treaty

After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons.

The NPT Disarmament Fallacy

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

As before, disarmament is the most divisive issue also this year. While most non-nuclear-weapon states consider nuclear disarmament a matter of urgency, the nuclear-weapon states predictably regard it as a long-term goal, or mere "vision," at best.

Torture, Hostage Taking, and the Fundamental Immorality of Nuclear Weapons

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

Just as we consider torture and hostage taking unjustifiable under any circumstances, we deem the use and threat of nuclear weapons fundamentally unethical. There is a need for a political consensus on their unacceptability.

Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Let us encourage Iran not to follow the bad example set by the nuclear powers. And let us ask the nuclear-armed nations, now telling Iran that it should forgo the possession of nuclear weapons, when they are going to start practicing what they preach.

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress That Says No

John Feffer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The challenge for the Obama administration is not only to secure an agreement with Iran but to avoid the fate of the Agreed Framework. That 1994 accord failed to prepare for a breakthrough in bilateral relations or prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It has cast a long shadow over the current negotiations as well as other non-proliferation efforts.

Innovation Key to Climate Change Swerve

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Climate change economics have shifted practices in every industry, perhaps most notably in insurance, agriculture and the military. For the first time, most Americans are experiencing the kind of extreme weather that my classmate saw in subtropical Florida. Now, the ethics component is gaining widespread public acceptance too.

The Emotional and Psychological Trauma to Our People Can't Be Measured In Real Terms

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

The Marshall islands were subjected to dozens of nuclear tests, carried out by the U.S. after 1945. According to the Associated Press, the island group filed suit in late April against each of the nine nuclear-armed powers in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

How to Stop Nuclear Proliferation

Melvin Goodman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Melvin Goodman

In order to stop nuclear proliferation and reduce the risk of any use of nuclear weapons, the United States must examine its own nuclear inventory and find a way to reduce its nuclear forces.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

Nuclear Nations: Energy and Bombs

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

There seems to be two very separate conversations regarding nuclear technology: one about its use as a power source and another about its use as a weapon. Of course, in the real world, military goals and ensuring energy supplies have been intimately intertwined.

Richard Falk and David Krieger's 'The Path to Zero'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Faced with the disastrous indifference of national governments to the fate of the earth, the people of the world would do well to study The Path to Zero, an extended conversation on the nuclear dilemma by two of its most brilliant analysts.

U.S-Mideast Policy Isn't Isolating Iran, It Is Isolating America

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran believes its security and national priorities require that it develop a nuclear capability, then sooner or later that is what it will do.

Iran Nuclear Talks: What to Do in Moscow

John Tirman | Posted 08.11.2012 | World
John Tirman

One can argue ad infinitum about the tangled history of U.S.-Iran relations, about the intentions of each, about assassinations and cyber war. The U.S. election campaign complicates every calculation. But we also know that should the negotiations fail, a war with Iran would be catastrophic.

U.S.-Iran Talks in Baghdad Must Come with Compromise by White House and Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Recent Istanbul negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and this week's Baghdad negotiations have tempered, albeit temporarily, the cry for war.

Iran and the Non Proliferation Treaty

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

Soon after President Obama's speech before AIPAC's annual convention, the potential attack on Iran, which just a few weeks earlier had seemed so imminent, faded quietly into the background.

Iran: All Options on the Table?

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

As the drumbeats for war on Iran increase, we who espouse effective, security-enhancing, non-military conflict resolution options must not be similarly ignored. It is time that our leaders and our media also put these options on the table.

How Sanctions Against Iran Could Backfire

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

It is no secret that Iran is developing its nuclear capacity in a clandestine and deceptive manner. Yet ironically it is our reaction to Iranian intransigence that is more likely to lead to an Iranian bomb. And it's not for the reasons that many have cited.

Backing Into World War III?

Sean Stone | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Sean Stone

In the process of such diplomatic engagement, is it not possible that we make peace with the Iranian regime through a commonality of purpose and an exchanging of ideas?

Don't Like Nuclear Proliferation? Ban the Bomb.

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The campaign to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms brings to mind a doctor who focuses on the symptoms while overlooking the disease. If Tehran is indeed building the bomb, it quest is a particular manifestation of a larger problem: nuclear proliferation.

Venezuela Is Going Nuclear, and We Should Be Worried

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

We need to prevent Venezuela from upsetting the balance of the Latin American nuclear weapon free zone and punching yet another hole in an already weather-beaten global nonproliferation framework.

Can Brazil Save the World From War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The enrichment of uranium by Iran is not a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and it is generally acknowledged that the NPT gives Iran the right to enrich uranium.

"The Grand Bargain of the NPT"

Tad Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tad Daley

In May 2010, both diplomats and nongovernmental leaders are gathering at the UN in New York for the 40 Year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference -- as mandated by the treaty itself -- to assess how the various parties are complying with the various obligations they undertook four long decades ago.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Past and Present

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Since the non-proliferation treaty took effect in 1970, almost all nuclear nations stopped building nuclear weapons. But even so, they've resisted honoring their full obligations under the NPT.

Obama's 'Nuclear Spring'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let us hope and pray that Obama's recent nuclear disarmament accomplishments are steps on the path to the eventual abolition of all nuclear weapons.

The 21st Century's Gonna Suck Big-Time

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Stephenson

How could the 21st century suck big-time? Let us count the ways. 1) sex and demographics. By 2050, about 9 billion people will be competing for an ...