Is Kazakhstan assisting Russia’s nuclear-weapons programme?
Russian media have reported that on 11 April 2023 Russian forces launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Russian territory (Astrakhan) with a training warhead that hit a mock target at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. This raises questions regarding Kazakhstan’s compliance with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
12 Apr 2023
Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor 2022 is out
As fear of nuclear war surged to the highest levels since the Cold War in 2022, the global arsenal of nuclear weapons available for use by the armed forces of the nine nuclear-armed states has increased, shows the latest edition of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor, which was launched on 29 March 2023. See the key findings and download the report here.
26 Mar 2023
Call for tenders: Researchers for the 2022 edition of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) calls for tenders for senior research consultancy services for the production of the 2022 edition of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor. The scope of the services sought are 5-10 consultancies for up to 400 hours each in the period November 2022-March 2023, depending on the combination of the qualifications and availability of the chosen bidders.
29 Sep 2022
Russia and the prohibition on threatening to use nuclear weapons
Stuart Casey-Maslen has written an insightful blog for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor about the statement by Dimitri Medvedev on 27 September 2022 that Russia had the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if pushed beyond its limits, including to defend annexed territory in Ukraine, and that this was “certainly not a bluff”. Medvedev's statement raises interesting—as well as disturbing—questions under international law.
28 Sep 2022
Stockpile of nuclear weapons available for use is increasing
The nine nuclear-armed states had a combined arsenal of 12,705 nuclear warheads at the beginning of 2022.
10 Apr 2022
Ukraine and the nuclear temperature
BLOG POST: The tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the suffering of Ukrainian civilians faced with the siege tactics of Russian ground and air forces has also served to raise the nuclear temperature.
04 Mar 2022
The United Kingdom plans to violate the NPT
The UK Government announced on 16 March that it will massively increase its nuclear arsenal and thus its military ability to obliterate cities around the world.
17 Mar 2021
The TPNW has entered into force
On 22 January 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force as binding, international law for its first 50 states parties. This marked a milestone in the global community’s efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
22 Jan 2021
Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor 2020 launched
Eyes on Europe as treaty banning nuclear weapons enters into force.
12 Jan 2021
Eight recommendations for the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW
Recommendations for the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW
05 Jan 2021
The legality of uranium mining and export under the TPNW
Several states that mine and export uranium have adhered to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), including Kazakhstan, Namibia, and South Africa.
13 Mar 2020
New NPA report on participation in multilateral disarmament meetings
Who actually participates in multilateral disarmament meetings?
04 Mar 2020