Changing the discourse on nuclear weapons: The humanitarian initiative

This article examines the progress of the humanitarian initiative to reframe the nuclear weapons discourse internationally. The initiative seeks to shift debate away from theories of strategic stability and towards a focus on the impact of nuclear weapons themselves. This effort has now gathered significant support at an international level, and its implications are increasingly recognized by both nuclear-armed and non-nuclear-armed States. The initiative has been underpinned by the deliberate logic of humanitarian disarmament. A treaty banning nuclear weapons, around which momentum is gathering, would be an achievable, legally coherent and logical next step developing from the initiative.

About the author

Elizabeth Minor

Elizabeth Minor is a Researcher at UK non-governmental organization Article 36. She has previously worked for nongovernmental organizations Every Casualty and Oxford Research Group.