In global security circles, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is alternately characterized as dead on arrival and the next great hope for arms control. It has a functioning directorate with a global network of sensors on the lookout for nuclear explosions, but it lacks the political backing to function as intended. To refine its mechanisms in the event the treaty enters into force, the directorate held an inspection exercise in early September from a former nuclear weapons testing site in Kazakhstan. In a series of dispatches, Bulletin correspondents report on the event and what its results say about the future of the treaty.
Although a fictional endeavor, the CTBTO exercise is helping the organization learn some valuable real-world lessons.
From the very spot where the Soviet Union once held many of its nuclear tests, the CTBTO is attempting to test its ability to prevent any future such activities.
How well would the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty work to prohibit nuclear weapons tests? Bulletin correspondents report from a treaty inspection exercise in Kazakhstan.