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The Under-loved Logic of Nuclear-free Zones
The Under-loved Logic of Nuclear-free Zones
Podcast / Global

The Under-loved Logic of Nuclear-free Zones

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk with Mexican diplomat to the UN María Antonieta Jáquez about the global movement for nuclear disarmament, the reality of non-proliferation agreements, and how to reframe the narrative around nuclear-weapon-free zones. 

In 2004, the UN Security Council recognised that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery constitutes a threat to international peace and security. While common discourse has generally normalised the existence and purpose of nuclear weapons, a growing movement within international relations is calling for a world without them. Is a new normal under construction?

María Antonieta Jáquez, counselor at the permanent mission of Mexico to the UN and member of the Mexican foreign service since 1994, tells Olga and Hugh that this is already the norm for most of the world. In fact, the shift against nuclear proliferation gained traction as early as the 1960s, underpinned by principles of international humanitarian law and embodied in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). While 116 countries have signed such treaties since then, the question remains: have nuclear weapons really deterred wars? Jáquez makes the case for global disarmament and shares what inspires her diplomatic efforts to bring about a new reality in a field often too preoccupied by theories of deterrence and power projection.

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Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
Director of Communications & Outreach
María Antonieta Jáquez
Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN