Alexander Kmentt

Alexander Kmentt – CV

Alexander Kmentt is the Director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. The present book is the result of a sabbatical from the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Senior Research Fellowship at King’s College London in 2019-20

In his diplomatic career, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt has worked extensively on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, including as Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation and from 2011-16 as Director of the Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs; a position which he resumed in 2021. From 2016-19, Kmentt served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the EU.

Funding Institutions

My senior research fellowship at King’s College London and hence the work on this book has been made possible with generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation New York, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Federal Republic of Germany, as well as from the Austrian Red Cross and Mr. Koji Matsuo, Chairperson of the NPO Music brings Peace and Counselor of Calbee, Inc.

Other publications

Other publications by Alexander Kmentt relevant for the TPNW

Universalising the TPNW: Challenges and OpportunitiesJournal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, Volume 4, 2021 - Issue 1


The Humanitarian Initiative and the TPNW, Toda Peace Institute Policy Brief 104, Feb.2021


How Nuclear Dependent States Could Respond to the Entry into Force of the TPNW Toda Peace Institute Commentary 12 January 2021


Nuclear deterrence perpetuates nuclear risks: the risk reduction perspective of TPNW supporters Commentary European Leadership Network, 4 December 2020


Bridge Building to Strengthen the Nonproliferation Treaty, Commentary European Leadership Network, 11 April 2019


Die Humanitäre Initiative: Der Weg zum Kernwaffen-Verbotsvertrag und zum Friedensnobelpreis in multipolar, Zeitschrift für kritische Sicherheitsforschung (3/2017).


The development of the international initiative on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and its effect on the nuclear weapons debate in The human cost of nuclear weapon of nuclear weapons, International Review of the Red Cross (2015), 97 (899), Cambridge University Press.


Avoiding the Worst: Re-framing the Debate on Nuclear Disarmament, Commentary European Leadership Network 24 June 2014


How Divergent Views on Nuclear Disarmament Threaten the NPT, in Arms Control Today (2013)