The Nonproliferation Complex

Howard Campbell Craig, Jan Ruzicka

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For more than four decades the twin goals of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament have been an almost unchallenged objective of the “international community.” Like drought prevention, or bans on the use of child soldiers, nonproliferation remains a mostly uncontroversial, largely universalistic initiative to which few object. The proponents of nonproliferation are fond of stressing that the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has more signatories than any other arms control treaty. Who would not want to prevent more states from obtaining nuclear weapons? And who, for that matter, would oppose the ideal of a world free of such weapons?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalEthics and International Affairs
Issue number3
Early online date16 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2013


  • Nonproliferation complex
  • nuclear weapons
  • disarmament
  • world government
  • nonproliferation treaty


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