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Tuesday, 30 October 2007 13:21
Towards An Artic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

Pugwash - Dr. Michael Wallace - In an article in the Canberra Times , Dr. Ramesh Thakur of the University of Waterloo argues that the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 would be an excellent model to emulate in the establishment of such an Arctic NWFZ. I will argue here that the growing economic activity, competition for resources, plans for increased militarization, and existing nuclear deployments in the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding littoral combine to make the Arctic and Antarctic regions

TOWARDS AN ARCTIC NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE

A Step by Step Approach to Overcoming the Obstacles

Michael D. Wallace

Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada
Executive Member, Canadian Pugwash Group


Presented to the International Pugwash Conference, Bari, Italy, October 21-27, 2007


Introduction

In August, the Canadian Pugwash Group issued a call for an Arctic Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone, which as been posted on the International Pugwash website. 

In an article in the Canberra Times , Dr. Ramesh Thakur of the University of Waterloo argues that the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 would be an excellent model to emulate in the establishment of such an Arctic NWFZ. I will argue here that the growing economic activity, competition for resources, plans for increased militarization, and existing nuclear deployments in the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding littoral combine to make the Arctic and Antarctic regions

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