When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- arms control
- nuclear proliferation
- weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
- NATO's Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR)
This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular within the NATO context.
Good places to start your research include :
- The NATO Topic pages on:
- NATO Review's edition on Nuclear Proliferation - About to Mushroom? (2010)
- NATO News page on WMD Proliferation the Focus of Annual NATO Conference (10 December 2009 - 11 December 2010)
- The Missile Defence LibGuide
On disarmament, a good guide:
- "Disarmament: A Basic Guide" by Melissa Gillis, published by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in collaboration with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, August 2009
- "Nuclear Arms Control in 2012" a presentation that "examines the status of nuclear arms control in early 2012 and key issues facing future negotiations" by Steven Pifer (19 January 2012)
Some important treaties, at a glance:
- "The Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT): An Overview", by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 12 August 2010
- "The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and the Adapted CFE Treaty at a Glance" by Tom Z. Collina (Arms Control Association), 4 October 2010
For a clear overview on NATO Nuclear Policy, refer to:
- A recent "Report which Examines the NATO Policy Debate on Reducing the Role of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe" (published in May 2011 by the Arms Control Association)
- the NPT Briefing: ‘Tactical’ Nuclear Weapons: A Dangerous Anachronism, published by the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy in 2010.
- Also refer to the article of
As part of Allied overall efforts against proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), NATO’s 2012 International Partners’ Outreach Event of the NATO Committee on Proliferation in Defence format (CP (D)) took place in Riga, Latvia, from 20 to 22 March 2012. To provide a broader and scientific view on issues related to countering WMD Threats in Maritime Environment, a NATO Science for Peace and Security Advanced Research Workshop was organised back-to-back with an Industries Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Exhibition under the joint title “Countering WMD Threats in Maritime Environment - Development of Technologies and Modelling of Risks”. Both events were co-organised by CP(D) Co- chairs Latvia and the United States, and Sweden as a partner nation. (Source; NATO, 2012)
The Annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation, hosted this year by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was opened in Budapest on 14 June. For the eighth time, this landmark non-proliferation event brought together senior officials from countries on five continents as well as from international organizations and academic institutions. (Source; NATO, 2012)
In addition to sources found on the internet (e.g. websites, news & blogs, reports, etc.), a select number of articles and books available from the NATO Multimedia Library have been included in this guide. These sources of information are by no means a comprehensive collection. The selection criteria was based on the sources' currency and relevancy to this topic.
Furthermore, quick search boxes for online databases subscribed by the Library (available to staff working at NATO HQ) as well as links to the library catalog are available for you to locate additional resources.