Participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Countries in red or orange are non-members.

The NPT turns 50: Will it get to 60?

By Henry Sokolski, John Lauder, March 1, 2020

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Participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Countries in red or orange are non-members.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and the tenth five-year review of its status at the United Nations. With 190 state parties, it is one of the few treaties to enjoy almost universal adherence. Its supporters already are talking about the treaty’s next half century.

But will it see out the next decade? There’s plenty to argue it won’t.

As the coronavirus crisis shows, we need science now more than ever.

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