Renewed U.S. efforts to bring sanctions against Iran are more backlash for being snubbed in favour of a tripartite deal with Turkey and Brazil than they are about nuclear proliferation. A UN Security Council coalition may be able to block U.S. pressure for sanctions that would only punish Iranian civilians.
Although Obama's promises on nuclear disarmament should not be exaggerated, the announced shift in the US nuclear policy offers a glimmer of hope. Outlining the key treaties regulating the spread and testing of nuclear weapons, Achin Vanaik explores the prospects the new US presidency offers to the goal of disarmament and suggests strategies for civic action to further the cause.
One effect of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) initiative is to throw a spotlight on the policies of the nuclear weapons states, which claim to be committed to a nuclear weapons free world while showing not the slightest willingness to reach that goal.