NPT Reporting Trends: An Analysis of Reporting over Three Preparatory Committees

Tasneem Jamal

Sarah Estabrooks

The multilateral arms control and disarmament regime is in essence, a set of good-faith agreements between States. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), widely considered the cornerstone of this regime, is one such good faith instrument. The NPT lacks firm timelines for its implementation, a permanent body to monitor developments, and verification measures to ensure compliance. To counter these institutional weaknesses, efforts to enhance transparency and build the means to strengthen accountability for progress toward the Treaty’s implementation have been promoted by a number of States parties in recent Reviews, beginning with the “Strengthened Review Process” approved at the 1995 Review and Extension Conference.

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