A scholar analyses the history of the Nobel Peace Prize to ask: What difference has it made?
ICAN has shaken the NPT system but India remains uncomfortable about arms control treaties that bypass the Conference on Disarmament.
ICAN won “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
This is the first multilateral negotiation on nuclear weapons since the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was adopted in 1996.
The use of nuclear weapons – arguably the most devastating of all weapons of mass destruction – is currently not necessarily prohibited under international law.
The US president’s call in 2009 to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the US and its allies’ security strategies, reiterated during his visit to Hiroshima, has not been matched by action.