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The Nonproliferation Regime

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) represents three basic bargains. The first is encapsulated in Articles One and Two of the treaty. They prohibit states with nuclear weapons from transferring them or the means to make them to states that lack nuclear weapons, and ban nonweapons states from acquiring them. The second NPT bargain is set forth in Articles Three, Four, and Six. These articles stipulate that the nuclear weapons states will negotiate in good faith to disarm and will share the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy with nonweapons states. In exchange, the nonweapons states pledge not to acquire nuclear weapons and to allow international inspections of their civilian nuclear facilities and materials to verify whether non-nuclear weapons states are in compliance with the treaty and are not diverting peaceful nuclear activities or materials to make nuclear weapons.

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May 31, 2005 After Iran: Article IV, Peaceful Nuclear Energy and the NPT
Apr 28, 2005 Wall Street Journal, "It's Called Nonproliferation."
The Wall Street Journal publishes an article by George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, and NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski entitled "It's Called Nonproliferation."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Apr 13, 2005 NPT Expert Sokolski Urges 'Time-Out' on Enriching Uranium to Prevent Iran, Others from Developing Nuclear Weapons
In an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations, NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, discusses the need for a moratorium on existing enrichment and reprocessing facilities that use weapons-grade fuel in order to prevent Iran and other countries from developing nuclear weapons. Transcript is available.
Apr 01, 2005 Arms Control Association, "After Iran: Back to Basics on 'Peaceful' Nuclear Energy"
Arms Control Today publishes an article on U.S. nuclear policy towards Iran by NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski entitlted "After iran: Back to Basics on 'Peaceful' Nuclear Energy." 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 28, 2005 The Weekly Standard, "The Washington Post Bombs Nuclear History: Did Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz Try to Stoke Iran's Nuclear Ambition in the '70s?"
The Weekly Standard publishes an article by NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski entitled "The Washington Post Bombs Nuclear History: Did Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz Try to Stoke Iran's Nuclear Ambition in the '70s?"
Mar 18, 2005 The Journal Editorial Report, "Iran, the Bomb and the Future of Nuclear Energy Controls."
PBS's The Journal Editorial Report publishes an article by NPEC's executive director Henry Sokolski entitled "Iran, the Bomb and the Future of Nuclear Energy Controls."
Mar 15, 2005 National Review Online, "Nuclear Musical Chairs: Who Will Be the Last Standing?"
The op-ed on the international response to Iran's nuclear activities is also available on the National Review Online website.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 01, 2005 After Iran: Keeping Nuclear Energy Peaceful
The best chance for nations seeking to prevent further nuclear proliferation is to enforce the original presumption of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article IV, says author Henry Sokolski. Article IV presumes "against the unnecessary spread of unsafeguardable nuclear activities and materials." In the case of Iran, Sokolski writes that "Tehran's operation of an enrichment plant … should be regarded as being neither peaceful nor protected under Article IV of the NPT." 
Working Papers & Monographs
Feb 26, 2005 German Nuclear Export Policy and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - Another Sonderweg?
Paper presented for the Conference "Germany and Nuclear Nonproliferation", organized by the Aspen Institute, Berlin and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Washington, D.C, by Joachim Krause, director, Institute for Security Studies at the University of Kiel.
Working Papers & Monographs
Jan 25, 2005 Saving the NPT: Past and Future Non-Proliferation Bargains
Presented at NPEC's Conference "Is Nuclear Proliferation Inevitable?" held in Paris, France November 2004.
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