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Supplementing the nuclear ban treaty: a constructive way forward


November 15, 2017
By Gareth Evans

Rod Lyon (‘The Nuclear ban “pledge”: how’s it tracking?’) is predictably underwhelmed by the idea of Australian parliamentarians pledging their support for the recently concluded Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty (NWPT). He and I have totally contrary views on the deterrent utility of nuclear weapons, with my own long-argued view (see, for example, here) being that, in today’s world, the risks associated with anyone retaining them far outweigh any possible security reward. While I love the idea of a nuclear weapons–free world, Rod believes that there lie beasties.
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