13 Jul 2015

The 30th anniversary of the bombing of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior on 10 July by French secret service agents in Auckland Harbour is a timely opportunity of the need to take stock of progress towards nuclear disarmament and to consider what more New Zealand...


7 Apr 2014

My subject today concerns a balance sheet—a balance sheet for disarmament to be precise. I am told that the British scientist, Dame Mary Archer, once said, “It sounds extraordinary but it's a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading.”

Well, the balance sheet...


27 May 2013

Australia recognises the critical role that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons plays in preventing uncontrolled proliferation and promoting disarmament, and upholding the treaty has long been a core foreign policy goal. However Australia's disarmament diplomacy has hit a difficult patch. This paper...


10 Nov 2011

In recent years Australia has taken a leading role in national, regional and international non-proliferation and disarmament, in particular through the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in May 2010 and the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND).

This seminar addresses three key themes...


28 Oct 2009

Former Australian Foreign Minister and president of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans discusses the difficult issues around nuclear disarmament in the 18th annual Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture. This lecture was held at the State Library of Victoria on 14 September 2009.


12 Oct 2009

This presentation explores prospects for partnership between government and industry on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and how Australia could lead.


22 Sep 2009

It is time for concrete, demonstrable action to break down the current international stalemate and achieve a world without nuclear weapons, according to this report.


29 May 2009

The Australia-Japan International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament is one manifestation of a genuine but still modest movement to have another crack at knocking nuclear weapons off their pedestal.

In Prague on 5 April 2009, Barack Obama gave this enterprise a critical boost,...


29 May 2009

Malcolm Fraser, former prime minister of Australia, writes that “there has never been a better time to achieve total nuclear disarmament; this is necessary, feasible and urgent.”

Fraser rejects reliance on deterrence, and notes that “even a limited regional nuclear war involving targeting cities...


27 Mar 2009

Richard Tanter of the Nautilus Institute writes that Australia is tied to issues of both nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through a wide range of bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements to which Australia is a party. Beyond the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, these...


9 Feb 2009

Richard Broinowski of the University of Sydney writes “with a mixture of hope and doubt” about nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. “Apart from the proliferation dangers inherent in expanding Australian uranium exports” argues Broinowski, “Australia’s selectivity in the pursuit of nuclear weapons offenders betrays a double...


12 Sep 2008

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf provides background and detail for his proposals for renewed Australian activism on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues, introduced in the Lowy Institute Policy Brief 'Nuclear security: what else can Australia do?'


15 Jul 2008

This Policy Analysis explores the broad issue of nuclear weapons and their role in the international security environment. It is a complicated issue, and has been for over sixty years. Within the space of a month in the second half of 1945, the United States...


14 Sep 2007

Robert McClelland, ALP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, writes that 'the Howard government is worse than ambivalent when it comes to nuclear non proliferation - it is positively obstructive.' International security has, he notes, 'been made more volatile by a combination of nuclear proliferation and...



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