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The Real Problem With a Nuclear Ban Treaty

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
March 15, 2017
By Matthew Harries

The nuclear-ban-treaty movement has a problem. It is not so much that a ban will be useless, or that it will undermine the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—although those things might well be true. The problem is that, when one moves past abstract principles to what the ban will actually do in practice, the target of the treaty is clear: intentionally or not, it is an attack on the nuclear-armed democracies—the United States, in particular—and their allies to the near-exclusive benefit of Russia and China.
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