Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | October 17, 2018

Gender and WMD: Deliberate actions to upend the status quo

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This blogpiece by CTBTO Youth Group members Sarah Bidgood and Sylvia Mishra, analyses the importance of including women in the policy field relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) issues. To bridge the gender gap in WMD policy, “we believe it is necessary to train, mentor, and support women at the start of their careers so they can lead on WMD-related issues in the future. Because the lack of gender diversity is self-sustaining, we cannot expect any major shifts without concrete efforts to undermine the status quo.”

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Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | October 5, 2018

Leveraging the atom? Nuclear weapons in Indian foreign policy

In this paper published by the Observer Research Foundation, author Debak Das, describes how nuclear weapons have affected Indian foreign policy and how India’s status as a nuclear-armed country has been leveraged to further its foreign policy objectives. Addressing these questions, Das describes the CTBT as a regime that India could engage without compromising its foreign policy and security goals, and how India could engage with the regime by joining the treaty.

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Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | October 2, 2018

Nielsen on Thailand, Tuvalu and the Test Ban

In a blog piece for Arms Control Wonk, CTBTO Information Officer Jenny Nielsen reports that Thailand ratified and Tuvalu signed the CTBT on 25 September. CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo applauded the action and noted that “Thailand’s ratification means that all 10 ASEAN countries have now ratified the CTBT. This is a significant achievement that ASEAN should be proud of.” Nielsen urges to “not allow these achievements —and the broader message of CTBT entry into force—to get lost amongst all the huge headlines from the spectacle on the world’s stage this week.”

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