TITLE

Unilateralism and Multilateralism

AUTHOR(S)
Joshi, Sharad
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
World Affairs;Spring2005, Vol. 167 Issue 4, p147
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines U.S. nonproliferation of nuclear weapons policy in terms of its unilateral and multilateral approaches. The author argues that in light of changes in the kinds of threats after the cold war, the U.S. is moving more toward a unilateral approach to nonproliferation. Perceptions that the old nonproliferation regime is no longer enough to challenge the threat of nuclear nonproliferation have driven this policy approach. This is not to say that the multilateral way has been abandoned; in fact, it is slowly but steadily being refashioned to accommodate U.S. nonproliferation goals. The rest of the article is divided into three sections. The first section briefly examines the theoretical aspects of nuclear proliferation to see how it fits into current threats and realities. These realities include the emergence of non-state actors and the presence of nuclear states outside the Nonproliferation Treaty. The second section deals with the unilateral element of U.S. nonproliferation policy to examine the rationale and effect of specific actions on the proliferation agenda. The third section looks at the multilateral side of nonproliferation policy, which includes measures that traditional multilateral regimes have been unable to handle.
ACCESSION #
16347689

 

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