The Humanitarian Dimension of Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament – New Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief

Sara Bundtzen and Ekaterina Lapanovich

The Young Deep Cuts Commission is happy to continue its new Policy Brief Series. In “From NATO to NPT and Beyond: Diversifying Debates, Expanding Nuclear Mindsets”, Young Deep Cuts Commissioners Sara Bundtzen and Ekaterina Lapanovich give recommendations on how to center humanitarian and gender considerations in the debates about nuclear deterrence and disarmament at this year’s NPT Review Conference and beyond.

The authors argue that nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states alike should envision an inclusive and open-minded discussion on the principal drivers of the Humanitarian Initiative, rather than focusing on the (in)compatibility between the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). They call on NATO allies to engage humanitarian and gender considerations.

Further, Bundtzen and Lapanovich argue that all nuclear-weapon states should pledge to respect international humanitarian law principles in their nuclear doctrines and operational planning. In addition, NPT States Parties and cross-regional groupings should advance the ongoing conversation on nuclear risk reduction measures and consider de-alerting as a sensible step pending nuclear disarmament.

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