A limited nuclear weapons-free zone in Northeast Asia : a tale of ten years

During the last half-century, several treaties were signed, that declared whole regions or territories of the world free of nuclear weapons. Northeast Asia does not fall into that category. Concerning the issue of nuclear disarmament, there is, however, a project for the area. Initiated by the CISTP of Georgia Tech, this project has been conducted since 1991 through informal channels (‘Track II ‘ or unofficial undertaking) and has, thus far, materialised into a draft treaty. Meant to become a ‘track I’ formula (official negotiation), the whole process is challenged today by regional tensions, and the unilateral vision of foreign policy and security carried by the G. W. Bush’s Administration. –Summary AFRI-2003