What’s the Future for Nukes? Concerned Scientists Want to Know


2015 marks the 45th anniversary of the entry into force of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), on March 5, 1970.  This spring, the treaty’s next Review Conference (RevCon)—a once-every-five-years meeting — will take place from April 27 to May 22 at the United Nations in New York. 

The NPT aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons technology while working toward complete nuclear disarmament. Its negotiation was a complex feat requiring years of work and substantial compromises on many fronts. The resulting treaty was an historic accomplishment, eventually garnering near-universal membership of the world’s nations, and it still stands as the keystone of the international arms control and nonproliferation regime.

President Obama and other U.S. officials recently acknowledged and celebrated the anniversary of the treaty’s achievements, but the upcoming RevCon may be a less happy occasion for them. The Union of Concerned Scientists, a Carnegie Corporation grantee, explains why the idea of disarmament seems far less realistic than it did five years ago, and what the U.S. should be doing about it, in its latest All Things Nuclear analysis: “The 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: A Look Back and a Look Ahead.”