Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | January 22, 2017

The Nuclear Test Ban: Technical Opportunities for the New Administration

In an article for Arms Control Today, Stephen Herzog, a political science Ph.D. student at Yale University, demonstrates the advantages and opportunities that CTBT ratification would offer for the new US administration.

“It has been two decades since the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signature at the United Nations. So far, 183 states have signed and 166 have ratified the treaty, which U.S. President Bill Clinton called “the longest-sought, hardest-fought prize in the history of arms control.” As the Trump administration sets out policies on the CTBT regime and other nuclear arms control and nonproliferation issues, it should not overlook the opportunity to advance related scientific and technical measures to strengthen nuclear explosion monitoring worldwide. This article discusses a series of technical initiatives that would improve the already excellent global monitoring capabilities and further align the international community behind ending nuclear tests. “


Among these initiatives, Herzog names and illustrates the prospects of data collection improvement, data analysis expansion as well as the civil and scientific outreach of the CTBTO data. Prompting Trump administration to pursue CTBT ratification, Herzog says: “As the new administration considers a ratification debate, it should not forget about the complementarity of science, technology, and politics within the CTBT sphere”.

Original Article published by Arms Control Today.

Stephen Herzog is a Ph.D. student in political science at Yale University.
Previously, he directed scientific engagements supporting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and geophysical hazard mitigation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. 

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