Coalitions to Watch at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

NPT Review Conference: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
addresses the 2010 NPT
Review Conference, Source: UN Photo

William Potter
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova
February 23, 2014

Read the issue brief from Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI):
Coalitions to Watch at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

This spring, over 150 states will gather at the United Nations (UN) to review the past performance and chart the future direction of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In many instances, diplomats will speak in their national capacities. Frequently, however, positions will be expressed in a collective fashion through regional, cross-regional, political, and issue-specific groupings and coalitions. Historically, these coalitions have played an important role in nuclear politics, often shaping the outcomes of the NPT review meetings.

In their latest NTI Issue Brief, Dr. William Potter and Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova provide an introduction to three cross-regional political coalitions active in NPT deliberations:

  1. The Vienna Group of Ten
  2. New Agenda Coalition (NAC)
  3. Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI)

Relying on the authors’ firsthand observation and participation in the NPT review process, the issue brief describes the origin, goals, and structure of these coalitions, how they have evolved over time, and the impact they have had on the NPT review process. The authors then assess the role these coalitions are likely to play at the upcoming 2015 NPT Review Conference.

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