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Diplomacy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Navigating the Non-Aligned Movement

Diplomacy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Navigating the Non-Aligned Movement


June 13, 2011

Author: Yvonne Yew, Former Associate, Project on Mangaing the Atom, June 1, 2014–June 30, 2015; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, July 1, 2011–May 31, 2014; Former Research Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, 2010–2011

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Future of Diplomacy Project


The Obama administration has sought a global cooperative approach to stem the spread of nuclear weapons and push for a stronger global engagement on the non-proliferation front. In the context of these efforts, this paper looks at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), established 50 years ago and representing 120 "global South" countries on issues related to nuclear rights and proliferation.

While the NAM movement has opposed efforts to strengthen non-proliferation measures as unfair, unnecessary, or disproportionately burdening to developing countries, individual members do not all have the same views and interests. The paper focuses on better understanding NAM behavior and motivations and provides insights for policymakers to narrow the divide among key stakeholders of the developed and developing world.

The NAM commemorated its 50th Anniversary in late May in Indonesia. As it looks ahead, it will need to adjust to new realities both from within and outside, including supporting pragmatic deliverables on nuclear proliferation concerns.


For more information about this publication please contact the Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director at 617-496-0104.

For Academic Citation:

"Diplomacy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Navigating the Non-Aligned Movement." Paper, June 13, 2011.

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