In a new policy paper for ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project, Stein-Ivar Lothe Eide discusses and refutes the most common arguments against NATO member states’ support for a ban on nuclear weapons. Noting that, as a matter of international law, there is no barrier to joining such a treaty, Lothe Eide also highlights how NATO member states have adopted broadly different policies on nuclear weapons since the Alliance’s founding.
In sum, the policy paper concludes that the movement to adopt a comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons represents not a threat, but rather, an opportunity for NATO member states to re-examine long-held assumptions about the necessity of nuclear weapons for Alliance security.
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Eide, SIL 2014, ‘A Ban on Nuclear Weapons: What’s in it for NATO?’, ILPI Nuclear Weapons Project, Policy paper No. 5, January 2014.