Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States

Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States – The NWC provides a useful tool to engage the nuclear weapon states (NWS) in ways to overcome their resistance to nuclear disarmament. It re-frames the debate from a context of “Why don’t the nuclear weapon states move towards nuclear disarmament?” to one of “How can nuclear disarmament be achieved?” Rather than calling for disarmament steps and attempting to persuade the NWS to drop their resistance to these, the NWC invites NWS to join in designing and creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament.

Using The NWC To Engage The Nuclear Weapon States

Verification, one of the key elements identified in the Model NWC, for example, has become the subject of increasing dialogue and cooperation between NWS and nuclear disarmament advocates. Recent initiatives include the US Sandia Cooperative Monitoring Center – which assists in the development of verification and monitoring regimes for arms control and disarmament treaties and the Aldermaston Weapons Establishment study on verification of the elimination of nuclear weapons (see references).