Networked Nonproliferation: How the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was made permanent.
In this Atlantic Forum, Professor Michal Onderco (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will talk about his new book "Networked Nonproliferation: Making the NPT Permanent", recently published by Stanford University Press. The Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) had many opponents when, in 1995, it came up for extension. The majority of parties opposed extension, and experts expected a limited extension as countries sought alternative means to manage nuclear weapons. But against all predictions, the treaty was extended indefinitely, and without a vote. The United States was the NPT's main proponent, but even a global superpower cannot get its way through coercion or persuasion alone. Prof. Onderco's research draws on unique in-depth interviews and newly declassified documents to analyze the networked power at play. This is a very timely topic, in particular given the crisis of nuclear arms control in recent years and the resurging arms race between major powers, such as the US, China, and Russia.