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The UN nuclear ban treaty is historic on five counts


December 19, 2017
By Ramesh Thakur

Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapons of war and therefore the ultimate weapons to prevent and avoid war. This two-axis struggle is captured in competing treaties for setting global nuclear norms and policy directions. This also reflects the mantra of realism - amended to include the importance of good governance in the modern world - that international politics consists of the struggle for ascendancy of competing normative architectures. Military muscle, economic weight and geopolitical clout stand arrayed against values, principles and norms.
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