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Special Issue online and upcoming Webinar "Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Global South"

- By Manuel Herrera


Special Issue "Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Global South: Understanding Divergences and Commonalities"

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the heightened risks of a nuclear catastrophe are being seriously felt around the world. Over the past decade, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – the central instrument of the global non-proliferation regime – has been rife with divisions among its members and has been undermined by the failure of two consecutive Review Conferences (RevCons) to adopt a consensus outcome document.

The basic assertion underlying this latest International Spectator’s Special Issue is that there is growing criticism or contestation from countries in the so-called “Global South” about the role and future of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, in particular with regard to the obligations imposed by the NPT and the lack of a reciprocal benefit for these countries. This contestation could hinder the optimal functioning of the NPT: for instance through reduced cooperation in the implementation of its provisions. As such, a serious examination of the Global South’s criticism of the NPT and what this means for the future of the non-proliferation regime is both timely and necessary.

As a consequence, we are hosting a Webinar on December 14 2023 at 4:00 PM (Italian time) via Zoom. It aims to offer selected speakers and the public a fruitful occasion to discuss the positions and priorities of the so-called “Global South countries” in the nuclear non-proliferation regime. In this context, The International Spectator, the IAI's peer-reviewed journal, presents its latest special issue (December 2023) "Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Global South: Understanding Divergences and Commonalities".


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