Matthew Bolton

Associate Professor

London School of Economics and Political Science , PhD , 2009
London School of Economics and Political Science , MS , 2005
Graceland University , BA , 2001

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Matthew Bolton teaches courses in global politics, advocacy and diplomacy. He is adviser to Pace University New York City's award-winning Model United Nations program, which has a record of excellence in national and international conferences, including in New York, Washington DC, Oslo, Geneva and Costa Rica.

Expert on the United Nations, multilateral peace and security diplomacy, global disarmament policy and humanitarian assistance in conflict.


A Brief Guide to the New Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Jul 14, 2017

The majority of the world’s countries just adopted a new treaty banning nuclear weapons, placing them in the same category of international law as other weapons of mass destruction (chemical and biological weapons) or that cause unacceptable harm (landmines and cluster munitions). Despite this being the most significant development in global nuclear politics since the end of the Cold War, discussion of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is almost absent from the U.S. news media and often misunderstood in DC policy circles.

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UN nuclear weapons treaty takes most significant step since Cold War

Jul 7, 2017

"As Americans consider how to respond to times of increasing nuclear tensions, the nuclear weapons ban prompts us to ask different questions than our politicians and generals have traditionally focused on. Rather than asking only whether other countries’ nuclear arsenals pose a national security threat or whether missile defense systems work, the ban treaty focuses our attention on the humanitarian, human rights, and environmental dimensions of nuclear weapons."

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Trump administration risks Reagan’s legacy on nuclear disarmament

May 24, 2017

“A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought,” declared U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in a 1983 speech to the Japanese parliament. “I will not be deterred,” he said, receiving a standing ovation. “The United States will never walk away from the negotiating table. Peace is too important.”

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The United States Dropped a 21,600-Pound Bomb In Afghanistan

Apr 13, 2017

Matthew Bolton, director of the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University, is worried that the military’s decision could encourage other countries to develop or deploy similar weapons. Bolton also says it is unlikely that this sort of weapon could spare civilians. “It is difficult to imagine how it might be used in the kind of wars the US now fights—often in urban areas—without posing serious dangers to civilians,” he says, “both as a result of its immediate wide area effect and the impact on vital infrastructure like electricity, water, sewers, schools, and health services.”

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The world is safer because of the Iran deal. We must not abandon it.

Feb 10, 2017

The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the “Iran deal,” represents one of the most significant recent diplomatic victories in curbing the spread of nuclear weapons. It resulted from complex technical negotiations that do not lend themselves to snappy slogans. Nevertheless, at its heart, the agreement’s simple bargain has made the world safer.

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