Jana Baldus Defended her Dissertation

Completed Doctorate at PRIF examines normative con­flicts in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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Jana Baldus’ Disputation

On April 24, 2024, Jana Baldus successfully defended her disserta­tion titled “Who is (the) radical? Radicalisation, polarisation, and the emergence of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons“.

In her doctoral project, Jana Baldus analyses the normative con­flicts in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the associated emergence of the Treaty on the Prohi­bition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Starting from the puzzle of why the TPNW was (and could only be) ne­gotiated now, she examines how contestation and resistance from various actors in the nuclear order became in­creasingly radicalised and thus created a space for the e­mergence of the TPNW.

The dissertation was written as part of the re­search project "Perspectives of Arms Control". Initiated by the Foreign Office and PRIF, four doctoral re­searchers analyze current and future problems of arms control and out­line possibilities for co­operation in this field with the aim of supporting political de­cision-makers with expertise on arms con­trol and other security-related topics. Further doctoral theses in the project will examine how the Nuclear Non-Proliferation re­gime reproduces a post-colonial order, how know­ledge and practice of arms control can have a pre­ventive effect on the develop­ment of new weapons systems and which struc­tural con­ditions facilitate in­transparency and corruption in arms trade.

Congratulations on the success­ful dissertation.