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The Nonproliferation Regime as a Legal Framework

The broad objective of this project is to delineate the issues that keep the nonproliferation regime from achieving the status of a legal framework.  This issue is highly multifaceted, and we have no illusion of being able to resolve it completely.  What we do hope to achieve is a greater understanding of the fundamental issues and a contribution to national consensus by developing novel perspectives for communicating those issues to the public.  Some of the issues that need to be communicated include: i) the differences between the world views encompassed in institutionalism and in realism, and the resulting fundamental existential question regarding international regimes; ii) the tension between international law and national sovereignty that stems from these divergent world views; iii) the ad hoc nature of the nonproliferation regime, as compared to the abstract view of a legal framework; iv) the desirability of the nonproliferation regime achieving status as an internationally accepted legal framework, as it depends on one's world view; and v) what precedent tells us might be acceptable, and what probably would not be acceptable, to a substantial majority of the international public in terms of ceding national sovereignty toward an internationally enforced nuclear nonproliferation regime. 


  1. R.J. Sievert, "Working Towards An Enforceable Nuclear Non Proliferation Regime," Fordham International Law Journal 34(01), (2010).


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