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Civil society plays a smaller role than it did in the past

Whereas the global non-proliferation regime is under great pressure, there is a gap between EU ambitions as a global player and results on the ground. But the European expertise remains.

Spotlight on IFSH

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy is an independent research institution at the University of Hamburg. The two terms in the institute's name highlight the central hypothesis underlying its work: Ensuring peace and providing security are two sides of the same coin. They cannot be pursued in isolation from [...]

Dr. Lassina Zerbo on the need to be « constructively aggressive »

Invited to speak at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS, Paris) on the 19th December 2013, Dr. Lassina Zerbo outlined the major axes of his strategy as Executive Secretary of the CTBTO over the coming years, his thoughts on the prospects for the Treaty's entry into force and on the role that he believes this instrument should fulfil [...]

Catherine Ashton leads talks with Iran to reach a comprehensive and final agreement

The EU pledges to support the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons


Focus [April-May 2014]

3rd NPT Prepcom

Overview of the latest EU official documents, publications of the Consortium, and publications from the network regarding the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Publications of the Consortium

  1. Nuclear Trafficking Issues in the Black Sea Region, Lyudmila Zaitseva, Friedrich Steinhausler, NP paper No.39, April 2014, 24p.
  2. Iran's nuclear propensity: the probability of nuclear use, Thanos Dokos, NP paper No.38, March 2014, 16p
  3. Arms Trade Treaty assistance: identifying a role for the European Union, Mark Bromley, Paul Holtom, Discussion Paper, February 2014, 18p.
  4. The European Union and space: opportunities and risks, Jana Robinson, Michael Romancov, NP paper No.37, January 2014, 12p.
  5. European Union responses to extra-territorial claims by the United States: lessons from trade control cases, Quentin Genard, NP paper No.36, January 2014, 14p.
  6. Export of dual-use chemicals to Syria: an assessment of European Union export controls, Ian Anthony, NP paper No.35, January 2014, 14p.
  7. Assessing the European Union's sanctions policy: Iran as a case study, Dina Esfandiary, NP paper No.34, December 2013, 24p.
  8. European Union initiatives to control small arms and light weapons: towards a more coordinated approach, Cédric Poitevin, NP paper No.33, December 2013, 24p.
  9. The role of the European Union in strengthening nuclear security, Ian Anthony, NP paper No.32, November 2013, 16p.
  10. From Nuclear Weapons to WMD: the Development and Added Value of the WMD-Free Zone Concept, Harald Müller, Aviv Melamud, Anna Peczeli, NP paper No.31, September 2013, 20p.
  11. WMD related dual use trade control offences in the European Union: penalties and prosecutions, Sibylle Bauer, NP paper No.30, July 2013, 16p.
  12. Creating a common EU policy on nuclear non-proliferation education: a case study of Sweden, Thomas Jonter, NP paper No.29, June 2013, 14p.
  13. The European Union's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative, Alicia Mignone, NP paper No.28, June 2013, 12p.
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Publications from the Network

  1. Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers, Mark Fitzpatrick, Adelphi Books, 2014, March 26, 2014, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  2. The EU’s Use of ‘Targeted’ Sanctions: Evaluating effectiveness, Clara Portela, CEPS Working Documents, No.391, March 2014, 50p.
  3. Measuring Turkish Military Expenditure, Nurhan Yentürk, SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security, No. 2014/1March 2014, 20p., Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  4. Exclusive interview with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Benjamin Hautecouverture, March 03, 2014, Center for International Security and Arms Control Studies
  5. Between Allies and Rivals: Turkey, Nuclear Weapons, and BMD, Mustafa Kibaroglu, Proliferation Papers, No.49, March 2014, 41p., French Institute of International Relations
  6. The Challenges of Coherent U.S. Extended Nuclear Deterrence and Assurance, Paul Ingram, February 2014, 4p., British American Security Information Council
  7. Ways forward for Iran nuclear deal, Mark Fitzpatrick, IISS Voices, February 07, 2014, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  8. Governing Uranium in the United Kingdom, Molly Berkemeier, Wyn Q. Bowen, Christopher Hobbs and Matthew Moran, DIIS Report 2014:02, 61p., Danish Institute for International Studies
  9. Six reasons why I’m optimistic about the Iranian nuclear deal, and two reasons why not, Mark Fitzpatrick, IISS Voices, February 04, 2014, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  10. Poland and Ballistic Missile Defense - The Limits of Atlanticism, Lukasz Kulesa, Proliferation papers No.48, IFRI, February 2014, 41p., French Institute of International Relations
  11. HCSS Nuclear Timeline, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is proud to present the first ever three-dimensional Nuclear Timeline., The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
  12. The rise and fall of Spain's 'nuclear exceptionalism', Clara Portela, European Security, Routledge, January 2014, 17p.
  13. Verification Lessons Learnt from Strategic Arms Reuction, Edward M. Ifft, Deep Cuts Working Paper #2, IFSH, January 2014, 16p., The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy
  14. Going non-nuclear in the nuclear alliance: the Danish experience in NATO, Cindy Vestergaard, European Security, Volume 23, Issue 1, January 24, 2014, pp.106-117, Danish Institute for International Studies
  15. Tehran Calling: Understanding a New Iranian Leadership, Cornelius Adebahr, Carnegie Europe, January 2014, 46p., Carnegie Europe
  16. Cooperative Security: NATO’s Partnership Policy in a Changing World, Trine Flockhart (ed), DIIS Report 2014:01January 2014, 154 p., Danish Institute for International Studies
  17. Highly Enriched Uranium, a Dangerous Substance that Should Be Eliminated, Annette Shaper, PRIF Report No. 124, December 2013, 46p., Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  18. Ten years of effective multilateralism?, Benjamin Hautecouverture, The Non-Proliferation Monthly's Editorial, December 2013, Center for International Security and Arms Control Studies
  19. China's Nuclear Idiosyncrasies and Their Challenges, Jeffrey Lewis, Proliferation Papers No.47, November - December 2013, 31p., French Institute of International Relations
  20. Security: Expand nuclear forensics, Klaus Mayer, Nature 503, Pages:461–462, 28 November 2013
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Ad Hoc Consortium Activities

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The Next Three Years of Consortium Activity

On March 10, 2014, the Council of the European Union extended for three more years the EU's support for the European network of independent think tanks, established in 2010. € 3.6 million have been allocated for the project that is implemented by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.

Forthcoming Events

  1. April 07 - 25, 2014: UN Disarmament Commission 2013 Session, UN HQ, New York, USA
  2. April 28 - May 09, 2014: Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the NPT, UN HQ, New York, USA
  3. May 08, 2014: Foreign Affairs Council, Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
  4. May 12, 2014: Foreign Affairs Council, Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
  5. May 12 - 13, 2014: Global Energy Security Conference - The Way Forward, Global Diplomatic Forum, London, UK
  6. May 12 - June 27, 2014: 2nd part of the 2014 session of the Conference on Disarmament, UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  7. May 19 - 20, 2014: Cyber Security: Building Resilience, Reducing Risks, Chatham House Conference, London, UK
  8. May 20 - 21, 2014: C5's 8th Advanced Forum on Export Controls, Brussels, Belgium
  9. May 29, 2014: UK PONI Annual Conference, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
  10. May 30 - June 01, 2014: Shangri-La Dialogue - The IISS Asia Security Summit, Singapore
  11. May 2014: PSI Operational Experts Group Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  12. June 02 - 05, 2014: IAEA Board of Governors, Vienna, Austria
  13. June 09 - 11, 2014: Wilton Park conference ‘Verification: Global capacity challenges’ WP1256, Wiston House, UK
  14. June 11 - 13, 2014: CBRN CoE National Focal Points meeting, Ispra, Italy
  15. June 16 - 17: Forty-Second Session of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO, Austria, Vienna
  16. June 23, 2014: Foreign Affairs Council, Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
  17. June 23 - 27, 2014: Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, Maputo, Mozambique
  18. June 26 - 27, 2014: European Council
  19. July 07 - 10, 2014: International Conference on Advances in Nuclear Forensics: Countering the Evolving Threat of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material out of Regulatory Control, IAEA, Vienna, Austria
  20. August 2014: PSI Exercise Fortune guard 2014, Hawaii, USA
  21. September 04 - 05, 2014: 3rd EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, IISS/EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, Brussels, Belgium (by invitation only)
  22. September 10 - 12, 2014: World Nuclear Association symposium 2014, London, UK
  23. September 15 - 19, 2014: IAEA Board of Governors, Vienna, Austria
  24. September 17 - 18, 2014: Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: the Role of Nuclear Security, University of Antwerp, Antwerpen
  25. September 22 - 26, 2014: IAEA General Conference, Vienna, Austria
  26. September 29, 2014: IAEA Board of Governors, Vienna, Austria
  27. October 20 - 24, 2014: Symposium on International Safeguards: Linking Strategy, Implementation and People, IAEA/ESARDA/INMM, Vienna, Austria
  28. October 27 - 31, 2014: International Conference on Challenges Faced By Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security: Strengthening Cooperation and Improving Capabilities, IAEA, Beijing, China
  29. November 2014: Jordan to host full-scale CTBT on-site inspection exercise (Integrated Field Exercise 2014 - IFE14)
  30. November 17 - 21, 2014: IAEA Board of Governors (incl. Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee), Vienna, Austria
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3rd EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

The 3rd EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference will convene in Brussels at the Crowne Plaza Le Palace Hotel from Thursday 4 September to Friday 5 September 2014 (by invitation only).