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A Moral Argument for the Mass Defection of Non-Nuclear-Weapon States from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Regime

A Moral Argument for the Mass Defection of Non-Nuclear-Weapon States from the Nuclear... Global Governance 23 (2017), 15–26 THE GLOBAL FORUM A Moral Argument for the Mass Defection of Non-Nuclear-Weapon States from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Regime Thomas Doyle DESPITE THE LONG SUCCESS OF THE 1968 TREATY ON THE NONPROLIFERATION of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) regime in preventing new nuclear weapons prolif- eration, some commentators believe it might collapse if a nuclear breakout by a revolutionary power (e.g., Iran) leads to a proliferation cascade in the Mid- dle East or East Asia. It is feared that such a proliferation cascade would ex- acerbate regional insecurities and might possibly lead to regional nuclear conflict. To prevent such collapse, these commentators call for intensified diplomatic, economic, and, if necessary, military action to enforce the NPT’s nonproliferation norm such as in the recently concluded (and still somewhat controversial) Iran nuclear deal. In contrast, many nuclear abolition advocates contend that the NPT regime is facing a legitimation crisis portending a different kind of regime col- lapse. This collapse consists in the gradual and subversive capture of the NPT by its nuclear weapon states (NWS) parties, which has led to the strict and nar- row enforcement of nonproliferation requirements while permitting the NWS to avoid their nuclear disarmament http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

A Moral Argument for the Mass Defection of Non-Nuclear-Weapon States from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Regime

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02301002
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Global Governance 23 (2017), 15–26 THE GLOBAL FORUM A Moral Argument for the Mass Defection of Non-Nuclear-Weapon States from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Regime Thomas Doyle DESPITE THE LONG SUCCESS OF THE 1968 TREATY ON THE NONPROLIFERATION of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) regime in preventing new nuclear weapons prolif- eration, some commentators believe it might collapse if a nuclear breakout by a revolutionary power (e.g., Iran) leads to a proliferation cascade in the Mid- dle East or East Asia. It is feared that such a proliferation cascade would ex- acerbate regional insecurities and might possibly lead to regional nuclear conflict. To prevent such collapse, these commentators call for intensified diplomatic, economic, and, if necessary, military action to enforce the NPT’s nonproliferation norm such as in the recently concluded (and still somewhat controversial) Iran nuclear deal. In contrast, many nuclear abolition advocates contend that the NPT regime is facing a legitimation crisis portending a different kind of regime col- lapse. This collapse consists in the gradual and subversive capture of the NPT by its nuclear weapon states (NWS) parties, which has led to the strict and nar- row enforcement of nonproliferation requirements while permitting the NWS to avoid their nuclear disarmament

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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