Useful publications

Re: Nuclear Weapon-Free World

(1) In summer of 1994, the International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP) formed a study group "Beyond the NPT" consisting of some 50 scientists and engineers and joined by experts from other fields. On the occasion of last year's NPT Review Conference, they presented a comprehensive scientific document named "Beyond the NPT: A Nuclear Weapon-Free World". This unique 188 page study promotes a concept for the elimination of nuclear weapons, hoping, and in fact suggesting, that the extension of the NPT is followed by multilateral negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC). Based on case studies and technical expertise by international scientists and engineers, the study elaborates on international efforts aiming for a nuclear weapon-free world regime, including

- decisive disarmamental steps, reaching, for example, beyond the START II Treaty;

- a truly comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty;

- a comprehensive cut-off convention banning all production and use of both military and "civilian" weapon usable nuclear materials;

- measures to prevent horizontal and vertical proliferation of launching systems (eg. in particular the reduction of and limitation on ballistic missiles);

- regional approaches to nuclear disarmament, such as weapon-free zones and cut-off agreements.

The cornerstone of this regime, however, will be the proposed NWC. Future work of the Study Group will focus an specifying the various steps within the framework of a Draft Nuclear Weapons Convention. (Source: Juergen Scheffran, INESAP]

The study can be ordered from:

Darmstadt Technical University,
Schlossgartenstr. 9
D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel.: (49-6151) 16-3016 or 16-4368
Fax: (49-6151) 16-6039
INES (address see letterhead of BAN!)

(2) The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, in association with the UK-Based Oxford Research Group, have published a Handbook for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World which contains up-to-date information and ideas for activists in many fields.

Available from:

126 Rogers Street
Cambridge MA 02142-1096, USA
Tel.: (1-617) 868 5050
Fax: (1-617) 868 2560

(3) "Nuclear Wastelands: A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and It; Health and Environmental Effects" is the name of 666-page book published by IPPNW USA and the US Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER)

Available from:

Tel.: (1301) 270 5500
Fax: (1-301) 270 3029
MIT Press, e-mail:

Re: Nuclear weapon-free zones

On 15 December 1995, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam signed the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty. Three days earlier, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/50/78 on the "Final Text of the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty" without a vote. Summaries of both documents have been published by the Britain-based Verification Technology Information Centre (VERTIC) in a supplement to its publication "Trust and Verify", No. 63/January 1996.

For orders, contact:

Carrara House
20-21 Embankment Place
London WC2N 6WN, UK
Tel.: (44-171) 925 0867
Fax: (44-171) 925 0861

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