This report is the fourth in a series that assesses the extent to which 11 key states are fulfilling, promoting, or undermining 10 standards identified as critical elements of the nonproliferation and disarmament regime during the period between 2016 and June 2019.
Collectively, states fared worse on the majority of criteria when compared with the prior edition, which covered the 2013–2016 period.
While there have been some modest gains on safeguards, there has been significant backsliding on the standards related to arms control and risk reduction. All states with nuclear weapons are taking steps to invest in new delivery systems and several are expanding the role of nuclear weapons in their security doctrines.
These findings raise concerns that the risk of nuclear use is increasing and that critical nonproliferation and disarmament norms are eroding.
Some findings covering in more detail in the full report: