Irreversibility in Nuclear Disarmament: Practical steps against nuclear rearmament

Hassan Ahmed Elbahtimy, Andreas Persbo, David Cliff

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The aim of this study is to examine and develop the concept of irreversibility as it relates to nuclear disarmament. While the word is becoming increasingly used in discussions over nuclear disarmament, its meaning in this particular context remains largely undefined and understudied. In particular, the kind of specific steps that would need to be taken to arrive at a level of disarmament irreversibility have not, to date, been given much consideration. This study argues that irreversibility in the context of nuclear disarmament should be defined in terms of the costs and difficulty of reversal. Irreversibility thus becomes a scale—not the binary state implied by dictionary definitions of the term—with readily reversible actions at the low end and measures that are highly difficult and costly to reverse at the other
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVerification Research, Training and Information Centre
Number of pages88
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011


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