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Thinking About Nuclear WeaponsPrinciples, Problems, Prospects$
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Michael Quinlan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563944.001.0001

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The Abolition of Nuclear Armouries?

The Abolition of Nuclear Armouries?

(p.153) 12 The Abolition of Nuclear Armouries?
Thinking About Nuclear Weapons

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This chapter looks at the idea of abolishing all nuclear armouries, observing that both extremes of debate about this often oversimplify the issues, but that the NPT-recognized nuclear-weapon possessor states have all in the past undertaken to accept abolition as an ultimate goal. It then notes that any path toward it, envisaging the abandonment of the contribution which nuclear weapons have probably made to the absence of major war between advanced powers since 1945, must tackle both deep political issues and complex technical problems—it will not suffice for study to focus just upon the latter. This chapter sketches in outline a range of issues in both categories, and argues that those who believe in abolition and those who do not could usefully make common cause in supporting study work to deepen understanding about avenues, obstacles, and implications.

Keywords:   abolition, over-simplify, political issues, study, technical problems

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