Fixing the real Disarmament Conference problem

On July 11, Foreign Minister John Baird announced that Canada would be boycotting the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva during the four-week period that North Korea was serving as its chair. This gesture of pique against North Korea, however, does little to address the underlying problems of the conference and the multilateral disarmament machinery in general.

Paul Meyer
Published: Wednesday, 07/20/2011 12:00 am EDT

On July 11, Foreign Minister John Baird announced that Canada would be boycotting the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva during the four-week period that North Korea was serving as its chair. This gesture of pique against North Korea, however, does little to address the underlying problems of the conference and the multilateral disarmament machinery in general.

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