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NPTG 8516

NPT Simulation

This course is devoted primarily to a simulation of the postponed 2020 NPT Review Conference, which
has been rescheduled for the first half of 2021. The conference will involve multilateral negotiations on
the implementation of the NPT, with special reference to issues of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation,
and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Based on the outcome of the 2015 Review Conference, the 2017
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the results of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NPT
Preparatory Committee meetings, one would expect major debates at the Review Conference on the
subjects of nuclear disarmament (including the US initiative on Creating an Environment for Nuclear
Disarmament, the “Ban Treaty.” and the impact of the unravelling of arms control accords such as the INF
Treaty on the NPT), nuclear risk reduction (and the deterioration of US-Russian relations), creation of
additional nuclear-weapon-free zones (especially in the Middle East), DPRK nuclear developments, the
demise of the JCPOA, other regional nuclear threats, negative security assurances, nonproliferation
compliance, international safeguards, nuclear terrorism, peaceful nuclear uses, and provisions for
withdrawal from the Treaty. The course will rely as much as possible on in-person deliberations, but plans
have been made to conduct the negotiations in a realistic virtual environment if necessary.
Nonproliferatn&Terrorsm Stdies
Nonproliferatn&Terrorsm Stdies
Intl Policy & Management
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
IPOL 8516


Fall 2022 - MIIS

NPTG8516A-F22 Lecture (Potter)

Fall 2021 - MIIS

NPTG8516A-F21 Lecture (Potter)