Call for Papers –BISA June 2014, Dublin
Proposal for the panel
‘Colonial/postcolonial relations and the Global Nuclear Order – US and the non-nuclear weapons states (NNWS) in the 21st century’
Despite the accepted perception that international relations are now firmly rooted in a postcolonial world, the impact of past colonial encounters is still very much woven into the present interactions and demographic make-up of the countries to varying degrees. International nuclear relations as shaped by different regimes and norms are also influenced to a great extent by these colonial/postcolonial encounters. While there are questions as to what a ‘global nuclear order’ actually is, there have been many transitions in the post-cold war world in terms of the new states joining and others withdrawing from the NPT. The central factor in this management of the global nuclear order has been the US and its bilateral relations with non-nuclear weapons states. Non-nuclear weapons states, however, have challenged this global nuclear order at various points. North Korea threatened to withdraw from the NPT in 1993 and did so ten years later in 2003, nuclear tensions between US and Iran reached its peak in the year 2006 and within IAEA, and differences still persist between US and Brazil on nuclear matters whereas new relationships have been forged between US and India in the nuclear realm. The ‘global zero’ agenda has re-vitalised the non-proliferation debate while the recent handover of Syrian chemical weapons stockpile to UN adds another focal point to this on-going global management of nuclear and chemical weapons.
The panel aims to explore the effect of colonial/postcolonial relations on the nuclear policy of these states and how they have challenged or altered the global nuclear order. Submissions are welcome in order to examine the following topics:
– Colonial/postcolonial challenges to the global nuclear order
– The relationship between US and non-nuclear weapons states
– Conflict and cooperation in nuclear matters and their effect on nuclear policies
– Representation and resistance
– Colonisation or decolonisation of the global nuclear order
Please send paper titles abstracts of 200 words and details of your affiliation to Tanvi Pate (T.Pate@warwick.ac.uk) by 5 November 2013. Selected abstracts will then be submitted to BISA for consideration.