A treaty banning nuclear weapons and its implications for the Netherlands

Published 21 May 2015

International support for a new multilateral treaty banning nuclear weapons is increasing. Asser researcher Onur Güven and Clingendael research fellow Sico van der Meer examined what implications such a treaty would have for the Netherlands? The policy brief describes the legal and political context of such a treaty and examines the implications of two scenarios: one in which the Netherlands will join such a treaty, and one in which it will remain outside such a treaty. Without discussing the feasibility of such a treaty or the advisability for the Netherlands to join or not, it concludes that any decision in this regard will be a political choice rather than a clear-cut best option.

The full policy brief can be accessed below.

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