Is There a Disarmament Deficit as a Result of the NPT Conference 2015?

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The recent NPT Review Conference (REVCON) was the 9th since the NPT came into force in 1970 and the 4th since the Treaty’s indefinite extension was initiated in 1995. The 1995, 2000 and 2010 conferences can be described as the main turning points in terms of making progress on the NPT Treaty. Today, the IR community is divided on the success or failure of the 2015 NPT REVCON from the standpoint of disarmament in general and from the WMD Free Zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East in particular. This is because the 2015 REVCON failed to produce a consensus document by the end of the conference. The main purpose of this analysis is to reach a conclusion about the future of disarmament efforts (including the WMDFZ in the Middle East and others) by taking into account the main outcome of the 2015 NPT in comparison with the REVCONs of 1995, 2000 and 2010.

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