The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime is a broad international framework of agreements and organizations aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and contributing to progress on arms control and disarmament. The regime reflects an international effort to promote stability and reduce the likelihood of nuclear weapons use.
Today’s political environment poses significant challenges
to preserving this set of activities, which also leads to progress toward a
world without nuclear weapons. With the international community more divided
than ever on the role of nuclear deterrence, the commitment of states to
disarmament and the steps required to prevent nuclear use, the risks of nuclear
use, proliferation, and terrorism continue to increase. Meanwhile, at a time of
increasing polarization between states, it is vital that the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime demonstrates that it is and will remain central
and credible forum for dialogue and efforts to strengthen non-proliferation and
NTI’s Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament offers an unofficial forum to foster dialogue, identify areas of agreement, understand areas of disagreement, and explore possible paths forward. The forum includes representation from more than 20 countries and the United Nations.
The project will tackle challenges in two work streams:
- · The first will attempt to achieve short-term,
concrete progress within the NPT and contribute to a successful Review
Conference in 2020.
- The second will focus on rebuilding cooperation
on a shared long-term goal of a nuclear weapons-free world. It will identify
enablers for progress, expose barriers to progress, and develop opportunities
for cooperation among countries.