Mohamed ElBaradei

Former Vice-President of Egypt, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

“This is an authoritative record of the negotiations and diplomacy behind the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which aims to prohibit the deadliest weapons invented by humankind. Ambassador Alexander Kmentt was at the forefront of the efforts, started over ten years go, to raise awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of these weapons.

Angela Kane

Former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

“The ultimate insider account of the development of the Humanitarian Initiative and the 2017 negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, meticulously researched and footnoted.

Desmond Browne

Rt. Honorable Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom

“For about a decade, Alexander Kmentt has gained a global reputation as a champion and exponent of the art of dialogue as diplomacy. In this excellent book, he invites the reader to join him on a personal journey of learning how best to deploy the realisation that the humanitarian consequences and risks associated with nuclear weapons, which are far more serious than previously assumed, compel the argument for a world without nuclear weapons.

Jody Williams

Founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1997

"Ambassador Alexander Kmentt’s invaluable book offers a first-hand account of the courageous work of governments and civil society that resulted in the 2017 Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons.

Ramesh Thakur

Australian National University and member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network Board of Directors. Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General

“As the most significant leap in nuclear disarmament in fifty years and a rare case-study of successful state-civil society partnership in multilateral diplomacy, the Nuclear Ban Treaty challenged the established NPT-centric nuclear order. Written by one of the architects of the transformational normative reframing, this book is an authoritative insider account of the genesis and negotiation history of the Treaty and the Humanitarian Initiative behind it.”

Dr. William C. Potter

Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

“Alexander Kmentt has produced an eloquent account of the origins and implications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It combines an unusual familiarity with nuclear diplomacy based on the author’s first-hand experience and a deep appreciation of the relevant scholarly literature.

Daryl G. Kimball

Executive Director of the Arms Control Association

"Alex Kmentt’s first-hand, practitioner’s account of the years-long campaign that produced the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the grave threats posed by nuclear weapons and how the “Nuclear Ban Treaty” has reframed to global debate about how to mitigate and, ultimately, eliminate the nuclear threat.