Debating the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: Regional Perspectives

With its 50th ratification, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is soon set to become legally binding. It is a contentious treaty, drafted by a group of 124 non-nuclear-weapon countries in 2017. Since its genesis, it has been boycotted by over 50 states, including all current nuclear-weapon states. Its supporters argue that it brings a new perspective to disarmament negotiations, as well as a binding norm that fills a legal gap which has allowed the continued existence of atomic bombs. Its critics, on the contrary, argue that the treaty is too ambiguous and that it does not create any instruments to ensure effective, verifiable, and permanent atomic disarmament. Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier took part in a virtual event discussing both local and global implications of a binding TPNW as well as possible consequences for the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. Watch a recording of the event here