China is showing itself to be increasingly open about a possible role in brokering peace in Afghanistan. But the extent to which its actions will coincide with Western priorities should not be overestimated.
The UN Security Council is certain to impose sanctions on North Korea. But, since these are likely to involve – at least initially – just cutting off trade and diplomatic contacts, no significant impact is expected.
The controversy surrounding the UK’s nuclear deterrent continues with the publication in June 2006 of the House of Commons Defence Committee’s report The Future of the UK’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the Strategic Context. The report is published amidst fresh debate ignited by Chancellor Gordon Brown’s recent statement that the UK will stay strong in its commitment to...
Following 11 September, much has been said about the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) from ‘rogue states’ and the threat of terrorists acquiring them. However, far too little attention has been paid to Russia’s inadvertent role in the proliferation of WMD.
If the majority of parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty agree that it is the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime and is successful in combating the proliferation of WMD, the security interests of one – or a few – Nuclear Weapons States should not be allowed to preside over the security concerns of allies, other countries or the rest of the world.