- 1966-1968 (Creation)
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The NPT was hailed as a landmark treaty, offering a solution to a complicated set of problems facing the world at the time. Prior to the NPT, more than 20 countries were actively seeking nuclear weapons. The NPT created a legal framework defining nuclear weapon possessor and non-possessor states, and providing the context for their cooperation on all three pillars.
The Treaty is founded on three pillars: non-proliferation; disarmament; and peaceful use of nuclear weapons. Many of the records focus on US-USSR negotiations on Articles I and II of the Treaty regarding stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and talks about Article III, on safeguards.
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Volume 2 of the collection is a subject file from the Political Affairs division of the NATO International Staff. The Subject File is a collection of relevant records from multiple sources. Subject Files were used by International Staff Divisions to collect relevant information on specific issue. Documents include drafts of the Treaty, letters from Allied delegations, briefing notes and internal opinions on the Treaty process.
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The documents are arranged chronologically. Most documents are only available in one language, but some, like NAC documents, are available in both English and French.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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