STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

NPT RevCon 2010: An Opportunity to Refocus Priorities

Manpreet Sethi is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi.
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  • March 2010
    Volume: 
    34
    Issue: 
    2
    Articles

    Amongst the challenges that bedevil the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) today, the NPT Review Conference (RevCon) 2010 will have to particularly handle two issues: one, right of non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS) under Article IV over the entire nuclear fuel cycle; two, identification by nuclear weapon states (NWS) of credible moves under Article VI for realising disarmament. In addressing the two interlinked issues, the RevCon has an opportunity to refocus the 40-year-old treaty into an effective instrument of non-proliferation and disarmament—its original twin objectives. The article also recommends the role that India can play in helping the NPT overcome its challenges. As a non-member, India has no direct stake in the treaty, but non-proliferation is an objective that furthers India's national security.

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