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Issue nº2, 2013

Moving beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World.

In line with the Nuclear Abolition Forum’s overall objective, this edition aims to provide a variety of perspectives, reflecting the different country -and region-specific applications of the deterrence doctrine, bringing together diverging views on the validity, sustainability and effectiveness of the doctrine, and including contributors from different backgrounds (political, academic, etc.). The over-arching objective is the consideration of practical proposals on how to move beyond reliance on the doctrine.

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The Myth of Nuclear Necessity

WARD WILSON * This article is republished from the New York Times, January 13, 2013. Five years ago, four titans of American ...
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Conceptual Challenges of Nuclear Deterrence

CHRISTOPHER FORD Good morning – or rather, good day, since while it is still morning here in Washington, it will be ...
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Nuclear Deterrence: Not Suitable for the 21st Century

PAUL QUILÈS Some 23 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. This major event, followed by the dismantlement of the Soviet bloc, put ...
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Going to Zero: A Sceptical French Position

Nuclear Abolition: Neither Desirable, Nor Feasible … At Least For Now Many believe that we should now seek the abolition of ...
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The Future of Nuclear Disarmament

The past year has registered once again despondency on the part of the campaign, and cynical dismissal on the part of ...
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Identifying Principles for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World: The Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan as a Relevant Guide

MANPREET SETHI Since its birth as a nation state in 1947, India has never wavered in its desire for a nuclear weapons-free ...
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Taming Godzilla: Nuclear Deterrence in North-East Asia

ALYN WARE, KIHO HI, HIROMICHI UMEBAYASHI Godzilla, a giant monster mutated by nuclear radiation, first appears in a 1954 ...
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Untangling Japan’s Nuclear Dilemma: Deterrence before Disarmament

NOBUYASU ABE  AND HIROFUMI TOSAKI Introduction In his historic Prague speech in 2009, President Barack Obama committed the ...
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From Unilateral to Multilateral

Someone has to take the first step. The journey to multilateral action on nuclear disarmament is proving a longer road than ...
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Nuclear Deterrence, NATO and the Role of Parliamentarians

The new NATO Strategic Concept (November 2010) and the Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (May 2012) are rather ...
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Nuclear Deterrence and Changing the Framework of the Debate: Obtaining National Self Interests by Advancing Global Public Goods

Twenty-first century security challenges are numerous, complex, and, more often than not, interconnected. At their core, each ...
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Nuclear Deterrence and a Trans-generational Framework

Introduction When U.S. President Barack Obama announced on 9 April 2009 in Prague his vision for a nuclear weapons-free ...
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Nuclear Deterrence: A Dialogue between Richard Falk and David Krieger

“Opponents of nuclear deterrence need a credible alternative that seems safer, cheaper, and more in accord with the values ...
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Dinosaur, Dragon or Durable Defence: Deterrence in the 21st Century, A summary of perspectives on nuclear deterrence

The past 25 years have seen significant changes in security environments – nationally, regionally and globally – that impact ...
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Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World

The second issue was released in April 2013 in Geneva. It is dedicated to an examination of the nuclear deterrence doctrine – the role it plays in security policies, its benefits and/or risks, and an exploration on how security could be achieved without nuclear deterrence in order to facilitate the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free world.

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