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Welcome to, the monthly e-newsletter from the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. The purpose of this new non-proliferation monitoring tool is to simultaneously provide an insight into EU policies in this field, making them more visible and more comprehensible, and to provide the research centres that comprise the Consortium’s wider network with a means of disseminating their work.’s format reflects this dual aim: The first page will be systematically devoted to an interview with a leading European personality in the field of non-proliferation, and the second page will relay the key EU institutional developments regarding non-proliferation. The third page will feature the network members’ recent publications and academic events, and the last page will present a detailed profile of a different think tank of the Consortium every month.

The first issue deals with the launch of the Consortium with the kick-off meeting in Brussels in May, the EU’s support of a process aimed at establishing a WMD-free-zone in the Middle East via a workshop organised by the EU-ISS in June and the EU Non-proliferation Consortium’s seminar in Brussels in July, and profiles the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, one of the Consortium’s leading think tanks.

I very much hope you enjoy reading

"; $editorial_signature="Benjamin Hautecouverture
EU Non-Proliferation Consortium / Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) "; ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /* ADD
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an open network"; $hat=" As far as Camille Grand, director of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, is concerned the success of the EU Non-proliferation Consortium depends on the involvement of the research community as a whole. "; $biography=" Camille Grand is the Chairman of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. He was appointed managing director of the FRS in May 2008. Prior to this appointment, he occupied various ministerial positions relating to questions of non-proliferation and disarmament. "; $interview=" What are the objectives of the EU Non-proliferation Consortium?

The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium of independent think tanks intends to pursue three objectives:

  1. To foster non-proliferation expertise within the EU by establishing and developing a genuine network of all independent research within Europe;
  2. To increase the EU’s profile in non-proliferation studies and debates by publishing papers and organizing meetings of experts and international conferences;
  3. To provide the EU with independent and policy-oriented research and support.

How will the Consortium go about its work?

The Consortium benefits from the financial support of the EU, but operates with full independence. It is an independent legal entity, managed jointly by: the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). It will conduct four major projects over the first three years of operations (2011-2013): the organization of two EU expert seminars (the first one took place in May 2011) and two major international non-proliferation conferences in Brussels (the first is scheduled for February 2012); the publication of a series dedicated policy papers; the launch of new website and an e-newsletter . If the EU so decides, additional projects can be added to this agenda. To achieve these ambitious objectives, the full involvement of the entire community is crucial, as the four managing institutes are merely the spearhead of a broader and open network, which will hopefully draw together all the EU think tanks and research institutions in the field.

How can research centres and think tanks get involved with the Consortium and what should they expect from doing so?

The Consortium is an open network. All institutions conducting independent research on non-proliferation and disarmament will be gladly admitted into the network. The website will offer a unique platform to that end, as it will not only list on a voluntary basis all institutions involved in academic non-proliferation research in Europe (think tanks, esearch institutes, university programs), but also provide a constantly updated database of publications and events related to the whole non-proliferation and disarmament agenda. Joining the network is therefore mutually beneficial, as it will offer an opportunity to galvanize a rather fragmented European non-proliferation research scene and open it to the full benefits of independent expertise.
These activities will cover the entire spectrum of non-proliferation and disarmament from WMD and missile proliferation to small arms and light weapons. The Consortium’s participants and institutes will naturally come from very different sectors of the non- proliferation field (including international relations, peace research and security studies experts, as well as scientists with a background in physics or biology). Given that it does not pursue a specific policy agenda, the Consortium heartily welcomes such a diversity of viewpoints.

"; $signature="Alexander Bramble
Research Assistant
Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris"; $interview .= "

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