Diplomacy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Navigating the Non-Aligned Movement

| June 13, 2011

The Obama administration has sought a global cooperative approach to stem the spread of nuclear weapons and push for a stronger global engagement on the non-proliferation front. In the context of these efforts, this paper looks at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), established 50 years ago and representing 120 "global South" countries on issues related to nuclear rights and proliferation.

While the NAM movement has opposed efforts to strengthen non-proliferation measures as unfair, unnecessary, or disproportionately burdening to developing countries, individual members do not all have the same views and interests. The paper focuses on better understanding NAM behavior and motivations and provides insights for policymakers to narrow the divide among key stakeholders of the developed and developing world.

The NAM commemorated its 50th Anniversary in late May in Indonesia. As it looks ahead, it will need to adjust to new realities both from within and outside, including supporting pragmatic deliverables on nuclear proliferation concerns.

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For Academic Citation: Yew, Yvonne. “Diplomacy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Navigating the Non-Aligned Movement.” Paper, June 13, 2011.

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Yvonne Yew