Nuclear rearmament or disarmament?

  • The Possible Role of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • Xanthe Hall
  • Lecture

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In January, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (ATT) entered into force. 84 states signed on. However, since no nuclear weapon state committed to the treaty, it has come under heavy criticism.

The treaty is seen more as a symbolic gathering of a few states and is doubted internationally. Many nuclear powers reject the treaty outright and take an aggressively positive stance toward nuclear weapons.
Most recently, there have been renewed tensions between nuclear powers, such as the U.S. and Iran in the early 2020s, so supporters argue that the treaty is nevertheless a right and important step toward achieving the long-term goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

What is the treaty’s effectiveness and what are its limitations?
Together with disarmament advocate Xanthe Hall, we try to find out what steps are now needed to achieve nuclear disarmament and what role the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons can play in this.

Xanthe Hall was born in Scotland in 1959 and has worked since 1992 as an international campaigner for the German section of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
She is also a board member and co-founder of the German section of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

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