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Title:Africa and the 2015 NPT Review Conference: agent or bystander?
Author:Van Wyk, Jo-AnsieISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:nuclear weapons
international agreements
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.948897
Abstract:African states' attendance at and participation in the preparations for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has produced mixed results, with the continent acting as both agent and bystander in respect of certain issues. African agency is evident in, for example, its position as a member of groupings on Iran's nuclear weapons programme and the Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Less agency is evident in states' individual actions. This underscores the importance of African states' preference for multilateralism. However, African agency is also less evident in African multilateral efforts at the NPT preparatory meetings. The impact of these developments on the 2015 NPT Review Conference is too soon to tell but may bode ill for African agency. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]