Friend or Foe: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the NPT

August 23, 2018

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Of all the attacks aimed at the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) by nuclear-weapon states, as well as some of the more militant umbrella states, one of the most persistent has been that the Treaty undermines the existing non-proliferation and arms control architecture, especially the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In his recent guest post for Arms Control Law – a forum for the analysis and discussion of legal issues related to arms control – our Research & Policy Coordinator Stuart Casey-Maslen breaks down the myths surrounding the TPNW’s relation to the NPT. Among other things, this in depth analysis covers whether the TPNW a step backwards in verification and ignores the Additional Protocol and whether the TPNW is inconsistent with the so-called “practice” under the NPT. Read the full text on Arms Control Law >>



  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate