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All is not lost in Australia’s fight against nuclear weapons

Australian Strategic Policy Institute
August 7, 2017
By Cathy Moloney

Nuclear non-proliferation can be assessed from several different perspectives that are characterised by polarising and even contradictory views. Very few topics divide international opinion as much as the future of nuclear non-proliferation. On the one hand, there’s general global consensus aimed at disarmament, governed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1968. On the other hand, there are those who believe that nuclear deterrence provides the best form of defence. The recent draft UN treaty to ban all nuclear weapons brings the former one step closer, but it has also caused some controversy because of the absence of certain nations, including Australia.
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