Issue 25: July 2020

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This special 25th issue of CTBTO Spectrum, which reappears after a long hiatus, spotlights the essential place of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) within the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament framework as we approach the 10th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Marking the importance of this Review Conference at a time when the classic arms control architecture is increasingly under threat, the issue features two analytical articles based on interviews with a broad range of experts – many of them members of the CTBTO’s Group of Eminent Persons (GEM). Key perspectives come from Grigory Berdennikov, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Sérgio Duarte and Angela Kane, both former UN High Representatives for Disarmament Affairs; Chilean diplomat Hellmut Lagos; Patricia Lewis, International Security Programme Director at Chatham House; and Bruno Tertrais, deputy director of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS).

Of these articles, “NPT and CTBT: a key relationship in tough times” examines the essential ties between the two treaties, while “The CTBT: rebuilding trust in the multilateral regime” explores the role that the CTBT can play at the Review Conference as a consensus- and confidence-building mechanism.

Founding CTBTO Youth Group (CYG) member Sarah Bidgood of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies considers the challenges, risks and opportunities for the CTBT in the final chapter of the 2020 NPT Review Cycle, and how States Parties, experts and practitioners can most effectively highlight the value of the Treaty.

We take a close look at the CYG and the lessons learned from its engagement with the GEM to stimulate genuine inter-generational dialogue on nuclear issues, exchanging perspectives and experience.

Three-quarters of a century after the nuclear age began with the Trinity test, we remember the huge damage done by more than 2,000 nuclear explosions, and mark a path to a safer future through the CTBT. Academic Togzhan Kassenova recalls the tragic health and environmental legacy of nuclear testing at just one major test site: Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.

From the field, station operator Mapathé Ndiaye tells the story of the challenging work to bring a second life to Senegal’s auxiliary seismic station at Babate, restoring it to service as part of the International Monitoring System after several years of disuse. 

The issue features artworks from the Global Scholar Art Campaign organised by CTBTO and the Spanish non-governmental organization Paz y Cooperaciόn, in which more than 1000 works of art were received from talented young artists in 25 countries.



Editorial 2 [PDF]
Contributors 4 [PDF]
Status of Treaty and Certified IMS Facilities
6 [PDF]
NPT and CTBT: A key relationship in tough times
By CTBTO Editorial Team
8 [PDF]
The CTBT: Rebuilding trust in the multilateral nuclear regime
By CTBTO Editorial Team
10 [PDF]
GEM Declaration June 2019 16 [PDF]
The CTBT and the 2020 NPT Review Cycle: Challenges, risks, and opportunities
By Sarah Bidgood
18 [PDF]
Towards a real inter-generational dialogue: The CTBTO's experience
By CTBTO Editorial Team
20 [PDF]
75 years after Trinity: A legacy of harm and hope
By CTBTO Editorial Team
24 [PDF]
Living with the nuclear tests: The Semipalatinsk story
By Togzhan Kassenova
28 [PDF]
Giving a second life to Senegal's auxiliary seismic station
By Mapathé Ndiaya
30 [PDF]
Global scholar art campaign
Organized by CTBTO and Paz y Cooperación
32 [PDF]