The upcoming 2010 NPT RevCon, unlike its predecessor in 2005, appears set to take place in an international climate characterised by a widespread hope that there will be practical movement toward nuclear disarmament. This hope has been expressed not only by long-term arms control and disarmament advocates but also by such US ‘cold warriors’ as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Thus, this survey article will address two key questions: (1) why is progress on nuclear disarmament seen by many as vital for reinvigorating the international non-proliferation regime? (2) What are the prospects for progress on nuclear disarmament at the 2010 NPT RevCon?
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