Maintaining a nonproliferation regime

Nye, Joseph S.
January 1981
International Organization;Winter81, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the problems of maintaining a nuclear nonproliferation regime. The United States has helped to foster an international regime that establishes a general presumption against proliferation. International regimes are the sets of rules, norms and procedures that regulate behavior and control its effects in international affairs. The main regime norms and practices for nonproliferation are found in the Nonproliferation Treaty and its regional counterparts like the Treaty of Tlatelolco, the rules and procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as in various United Nations resolutions. The Atoms for Peace approach has been correctly criticized for promoting nuclear energy in instances before it was economically justified. The central accomplishment of the Atoms for Peace Program was the creation of a system of international safeguards and an institutional framework in the form of the International Atomic Energy Agency established in Vienna in 1957.


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