Citation Dee M (2012) Explaining European Union Performance in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference: Limited ambition but pragmatic positioning. UNISCI Journal, pp. 11-26. EUROPE AND THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. https://www.ucm.es/data/cont/media/www/pag-72491/UNISCI%20DP%2030%20-%20DEE.pdf
Abstract In this article explanation for the EU’s negotiation performance in the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT RevCon) is offered. First examining how the EU has performed over the period 1995 to 2010, it conducts a systematic review of how EU performance has been shaped by a range of variables including the interests of its Member States, its own institutional capabilities, and the wider conditions of the international system. It argues that the major challenge for EU performance within the NPT has been its own negotiation positioning which, beset by limited ambitions, has confined the EU to always being a supporter of the NPT regime rather than a driver of it. Explanation for this can be seen not merely in the invariable challenge of trying to coordinate highly divergent energy and security Member State interests into a workable common position, the lack of EU competence in this field, but also by the difficult structural conditions within the negotiation environment. Taking these conditions into consideration it is suggested that the EU’s limited ambition within the NPT may also be the most pragmatic positioning it can take.
Journal UNISCI Journal
Title of series
EUROPE AND THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS