A Sustainable Approach to Nuclear Zero: Breaking the Conventional-Nuclear Link

Logo Oxford Research GroupThe momentum towards abolishing nuclear weapons has been building over recent years. The level of debate is at its highest since the end of the Cold War. This has rightly re-focused attention on the urgent need to build strategies for limiting and abolishing nuclear arsenals. Insufficient attention, though, is being given to the role of certain non-nuclear or ‘conventional’ weapons (namely long-range conventional ballistic missiles and missile defence technology) in this area. In particular, there is a pressing need to mitigate the prospect of conventional weapons imbalances, hindering progress in getting all nine nuclear weapon states on the path of abolition.

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