South Pacific nuclear free zone Treaty: a lost battle against the superpowers?

Pieter Glebbeek

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Politically the South Pacific region has been relatively isolated until recently. A major event which marked a change in this situation and
which drew the attention of both policy-makers and the peace movement
in other parts of the world, was the establishment of a nuclear-free- zone, through the adoption of a treaty to that effect by the South Pacific nations in August 1985 and its subsequent entry into force in
December 1986.
One of the main goals of the exercise was to ensure that the region remains (or becomes) free of the serious threats posed by the nuclear
rivalry between the superpowers.
Does the Nuclear Free Zone Treaty really serve this goal or does it simply confirm the status quo and constitute the expression of a lost battle against the superpowers?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1990

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SeriesISS working papers. General series


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