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Reint-Jan Groot Nuelend (Uppsala University) and me are hosting Section No. 65 'The Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime' at the ECPR General Conference 2017- taking place at the University of Oslo, from September 6-9. The annual ECPR General Conference is - with more than 2500+ participants from political science in particular and the social sciences in general - the largest of its kind in Europe.
We invite students and scholars of all career stages to submit papers and / or panels to the section. The deadline for both paper and panel submissions is *February 15*.
Detailed information on the section can be found here.
Call for Papers
The continuous erosion of the post-Cold War arrangements between NATO and Russia have produced a dangerous set-back to previous efforts made for nuclear non-proliferation in general, and nuclear disarmament in particular. Russia's termination of a bilateral treaty on plutonium disposal with the US in October 2016, and a series of North Korean nuclear tests throughout 2016 have accentuated the fragility of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Even though the US-Iran rapprochement and the resulting JCPOA have demonstrated that the regime's instability can be temporarily overcome through dedicated US-led enforcement, the vision of a nuclear free world appears to remain a distant dream.
The challenges to the regime are multifaceted and have lasted since its inception. The bargain of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 produced a two-class system among nuclear haves and no-haves. Yet, neither have the nuclear weapon states fulfilled the promise of permanent nuclear disarmament, nor was the civilian use of nuclear energy granted to all states equally. Further, regime enforcement relies on effective coordination within the Security Council, and enforcement on norm-driven self-constraint and concerted counteraction towards non-compliers. Resultingly, and unsurprisingly, the enforcement of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime has been porous ever since.
How can the current crisis and the lasting deficiencies of the nuclear non-proliferation regime be overcome? What are major, what overlooked obstacles to greater regime effectiveness? How can interdisciplinary, non-traditional, and unconventional approaches inform new policy initiatives? The Section invites scholars and students of all career stages, and particularly encourages submissions from across the social sciences including political science, international relations, regional studies, sociology, economics, philosophy, (international) law and geography, as well as related sub-disciplines. Further, we encourage submissions from other disciplines whose contributions, do not always find adequate consideration, such as, but not exclusively, psychology, cognitive and behavioural sciences, and decision sciences.
You are kindly invited to propose a paper or panel addressing the topic of the section. Multiple submissions are possible.
- Submit a paper here
- Submit a panel here
Please select the section 'The Future of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime' when submitting your paper or panel.
The deadline for all (!) paper and panel submissions is *February 15*.
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Select 'Create a new account' at the bottom of the page. Membership is covered by your university's ECPR institutional membership.
ECPR FundingA limited number of travel grants (250 EUR) is available for Master's and PhD students at full member institutions of ECPR. Applying for a grant is possible between February 27 and April 10, 2017. Find more information here.
You are kindly encouraged to consult with your home institution for individual funding.
Questions & Inquiries
Please do not hesitate to get in touch in case of any questions or inquiries at:firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to seeing you in Oslo!
With best wishes,