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The author argues that disarmament instruments like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have little bearing today on the behavior of nuclear weapon states—that nuclear-armed nations can be perhaps cajoled to approach the disarmament well, but cannot be compelled to drink.
The author argues that an ongoing diplomatic initiative regarding the humanitarian impact of nuclear detonations could, if great care is exercised, evolve into a successful process for establishing a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
As the world looks on with trepidation at the growing crisis between Ukraine and Russia, does anyone think that the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States could play a constructive role? Of course not.
The author argues that negotiations toward establishing a chemical-weapon-free zone in the Middle East could address some of Israel's security concerns, address the region's deficit of trust, and lay the groundwork for a comprehensive regional security forum.
Meerburg is a former Netherlands ambassador who has been involved in multilateral arms control matters, including the final negotiations of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Discussing humanitarian arguments in favor of disarmament, the author argues that now is not the time for more argumentation. Instead, countries that don't have nuclear weapons must exert strong, sustained pressure to disarm on nations that do have these weapons.