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Strategic Insights 62 - Non-strategic nuclear weapons: The next step in multilateral arms control

Monday, 05 August 2013

By: Crispin Rovere and Kalman A Robertson

This paper by Crispin Rovere and Kalman A Robertson addresses the many barriers to including tactical nuclear weapons in disarmament talks. It considers the difficulty of bringing other emerging powers such as China into the nuclear arms control equation.

The study proposes a new arms control treaty that would ban outright the development and possession of a special kind of tactical nuclear weapon called 'low-yield nuclear weapons' that the authors argue carries an increasingly grave risk of starting a nuclear war.

The  paper says that Australia should take the lead in promoting a new treaty banning low-yield nuclear weapons.

A longer discussion paper, which includes a more thorough exploration of the technical, strategic and legal issues, as well as many references for further reading is available below.

SI62_nuclear_weapons.pdf - PDF (556.3 KB)
Further_reading_SI62.pdf - PDF (428.7 KB)