Matthew Bolton

Matthew Bolton is associate professor of political science at Pace University in New York City. He is an expert on global peace and security policy, focusing on multilateral disarmament and arms control policymaking processes. He has a PhD in Government and Master's in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Since 2014, Bolton has worked on the UN and New York City advocacy of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Bolton has published five books, including Political Minefields (I.B. Tauris) and Imagining Disarmament, Enchanting International Relations (Palgrave Pivot).


Recent Posts by: Matthew Bolton


New Book Shows Catastrophic Folly of Automating Warfare


Posted on 20 September 2020

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 21-25 September the world’s governments will discuss at the UN in Geneva the humanitarian and security threat posed by “lethal autonomous weapons systems” – high-tech killer robots that could target people without meaningful human control over the use of violence. But despite the media clichés that often accompany these discussions […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC closing statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

ICRAC News, Statements

Posted on 17 April 2015

On April 17th, ICRAC’s Dr. Matthew Bolton delivered the following closing statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. ICRAC Closing Statement to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts at the United Nations in Geneva Thank you Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, The International Committee for Robot Arms Control […] Continue Reading

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Model United Nations Urges Ban on Killer Robots

ICRAC in the media, News

Posted on 06 April 2015

UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon “energized” by students’ “serious discussions” on autonomous weapons systems In less than two weeks, diplomats from around the world will gather at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss potential global regulations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” that would be able to select and attack targets without direct human control. But […] Continue Reading

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Campaign to Stop Killer Robots takes significant step forward at UN

ICRAC in the media, ICRAC News

Posted on 15 November 2013

ICRAC welcomes the historic decision taken by nations to begin international discussions on how to address the challenges posed by fully autonomous weapons. The agreement marks the beginning of a process that the campaign believes should lead to an international ban on these weapons to ensure there will always be meaningful human control over targeting decisions […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Delivers Statement to States Parties to the Convention on Conventional Weapons at the UN in Geneva

ICRAC News, News, Statements

Posted on 14 November 2013

International Community Must Act Now to Ensure Combat Will Never Be Outsourced to “Killer Robots”! — I am speaking on behalf of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a founding NGO member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Since its establishment in 2009, ICRAC has urged the international community to discuss the […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC member Dr. Matthew Bolton, presenting a statement on disarmament at the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Tuesday. Photo by Shant Alexander for Control Arms.

ICRAC Member and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Deliver Statements at the UN General Assembly First Committee

ICRAC in the media, ICRAC News, Statements, YouTube video

Posted on 30 October 2013

On behalf of global civil society organizations, International Committee for Robot Arms Control member Matthew Bolton calls for disarmament and arms control “driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence.” The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots also spoke, calling for fully autonomous weapons to “be prohibited through an international treaty, […] Continue Reading

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