1968: THE NPT

By the mid-1960s there were nearly 70,000 nuclear bombs. Global concerns about the worsening nuclear arms race sparked international talks about stopping its spread. In 1968, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty committed nations without nuclear weapons to never acquiring them—and the five states that possessed them to work toward elimination. The NPT was innovative in its structure and incentives, providing non-weapons states with access to peaceful nuclear technology. LEARN MORE