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Unfinished Business: the Negotiation of the CTBT and the End of Nuclear Testing | Acronym Institute

Unfinished Business: the Negotiation of the CTBT and the End of Nuclear Testing

15 May 2009
Cover of Dr Rebecca Johnson's book on the CTBT "Unfinished Business"

Written by Acronym Institute Executive Director Dr Rebecca Johnson, ‘Unfinished Business’ which was published by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in May 2009, tells the story of how the CTBT was fought for, opposed and finally negotiated, analyzing the key decision points and highlighting the roles played by civil society actors as well as governments. It considers how a decade of political and institutional obstacles have prevented the CTBT from entering into full legal effect, including the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests of May 1998, subsequent nuclear testing by North Korea, and the US failure to ratify the treaty in 1999.

Although it focuses on the test ban treaty as it was negotiated in the immediate post-cold-war period, the book contains lessons of contemporary relevance for diplomats and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking to bring further disarmament treaties to fruition. Whether aiming to put a nuclear weapons convention onto governments' agendas, or pave the way to negotiate space security agreements, or finally get the deadlocked Conference on Disarmament to carry out its mandate to negotiate a fissile materials treaty or other arms control measures, this history of the CTBT negotiations contains useful insights and theoretical perspectives on how to foster positive-sum solutions that integrate different national and international needs and interests.

382 pages, ISBN 978-92-9045-194-5, UN Sales No GV.E.09.0.4, price: $50.

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Read Rebecca Johnson’s Disarmament Diplomacy article on the book here