Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Advancing the Goals of NPT Article VI: Near-Term Opportunities through International Technical Cooperation

Journal Article

Arian L. Pregenzer - Visiting Scholar at CISAC

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The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 15 no. 3, page(s) 529-538
November 2008

International technical cooperation on issues relevant to the challenges of nuclear disarmament can demonstrate commitment to obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, strengthen the security of fissile materials and weapons, and develop technical approaches to support more ambitious disarmament activities in the future. Including non-nuclear weapon states would ensure that their views are taken into account and would invest them in developing solutions to key challenges.

This article discusses three areas for technical cooperation that would build on past activities and that could produce such benefits as improved protection, control, and accounting of nuclear weapons and fissile material; enhanced transparency for nuclear weapon complexes; and mechanisms for international management of sensitive civilian nuclear facilities. International cooperation in each of these areas could provide a technical basis for pursuing possible future disarmament negotiations and substantively demonstrate commitment to Article VI.