AUTHORAndelman, David A. / Parker, Benjamin / Simon, Jackie
TITLEBack from the Brink: A Talk with Hans Blix
PERIODICAL TITLEWorld Policy Journal
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This article is the transcript of a 2009 interview with Hans Blix, the former head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), discussing nuclear abolition. In the interview, Blix is asked a range of questions on topics including the viability of a nuclear-zero scenario, the double-standard of nuclear elitism, how U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration will proceed in the Nuclear Posture Review, issues of non-state controlled nuclear weapons, Iran’s nuclear exploits, and legitimate potential steps to be taken in order to achieve nuclear abolition. Through his responses, Blix emphasizes the importance of reducing nuclear weapons, underscores the role of international security policy in non-proliferation efforts, asserts that nations must cooperate to hold the monopoly on nuclear weapons over non-state actors, and explains the need for major powers – namely the U.S., Russia, and China – to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) with verification.

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