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Policy brief | 3 September 2013

Pathways and Purposes for P-5 Nuclear Dialogue

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Dr Nick Ritchie |Lecturer in International Security at the Department of Politics, University of York

Deterrence NPT Nuclear Arms Control Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Weapons Security Global Security

In the ELN Policy Brief ‘Pathways and Purposes for P-5 Nuclear Dialogue‘, Nick Ritchie outlines the P-5 dialogue on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation since its start in 2009. For the P-5 process to succeed over time, concrete achievements will be necessary to provide a compelling narrative for domestic audience and to disperse the mistrust of the P-5 by non-nuclear weapon states.

Richie thereby identifies three interrelated future pathways for this embryonic process and relates them to the concept of ‘minimum deterrence’:

  • Strategic Dialogue
  • Multilateralising START
  • NPT Action Plan in Full


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