As new technologies change the face of war, whether and how to pursue arms-control and disarmament treaties is an urgent question. Our past treaties show us that codified commitments can have an influence on state conduct. The author reviews what we can learn from existing agreements on weapons of mass destruction, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the Iran nuclear agreement, and the conventions on biological and chemical weapons. Though in some cases they have had more impact than others, these agreements have been effective in curbing the spread and use of our most devastating weapons. Read this new article in the January/February issue of our digital Journal.
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Issue: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 74 Issue 1
Keywords: Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, joint comprehensive plan of action