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Ninth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consultative Meeting – virtual event

10 September 2020

10 September 2020 – 11 September 2020 The 9th consultative meeting of the EU Consortium on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament was held on 10 and 11 September 2020 in remote format. It was an opportunity to welcome the new Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control […]

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10 September 2020 – 11 September 2020

The 9th consultative meeting of the EU Consortium on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament was held on 10 and 11 September 2020 in remote format. It was an opportunity to welcome the new Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division, Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen, who focused her presentation on the challenge of multilateralism in arms control. This year, our consultative meeting also addressed in particular Arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament challenges in the context of the global health crisis; the challenges facing the EU in the run-up to the 10th NPT Review Conference to be held in 2021; Artificial Intelligence in weapon systems, the norm of non-use of chemical and biological weapons, key developments in the global and European arms trade, and attempted to elaborate a long-term view on non-proliferation and export control regimes. Despite the format constrained by sanitary conditions, the meeting allowed more than 80 European participants representing States, the EU, and research centres of our Consortium network to discuss the thorny questions that the particularly tense strategic environment poses in terms of arms control and international security. Year after year, changes in the technological context in which new weapons systems are emerging are increasingly at the heart of the reflections of our group, with the aim of placing European action at the forefront of the new challenges facing arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. Noteworthy this year: for many participants, the global sanitary crisis will probably have contributed to increasing the polarization in arms control and disarmament.

10 September 2020

15:15 – 15:30 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, FRS, France 15:30 – 16:30 Arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament challenges in the context of the global health crisis Chair: Sibylle Bauer, Director of studies, SIPRI Speakers: -           Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division -           Elena Sokova, Director, VCDNP -           Emmanuelle Maitre, Research fellow, FRS 17:00-18:00 Is the postponement of the Tenth NPT Review Conference an opportunity? Chair: Ettore Greco, Executive Vice-President, IAI Speakers: -           Narcisa Vladulescu, Chair of the Non-Proliferation Council Working Party (CONOP), EEAS -           Océane Tranchez, Researcher, IESD -           Marion Messmer, Co-Director, BASIC

11 september 2020

09:00 – 10:00: Breakout sessions 10:30 – 11:30 A long-term view on non-proliferation and export control regimes Chair: Stéphane Chardon, DG TRADE, European Commission Speakers: -           Melissa Hanham, Deputy director, Open Nuclear Network -           Aude Jalabert, Trade Compliance Manager at Infineon Technologies AG -           Jean Masson, Research fellow, FRS 11:30 – 11:45 Concluding remarks Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, FRS Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division  

Eighth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consultative Meeting

11 June 2019

The Eighth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (EUNPD) Consortium was held in Brussels (Breydel building) on 11 and 12 June 2019. This year’s debates addressed six current and future challenges: Missile proliferation and new tools and initiatives to fight against it, the renewal of arms control thinking towards outer space, the increasing […]

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The Eighth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (EUNPD) Consortium was held in Brussels (Breydel building) on 11 and 12 June 2019. This year’s debates addressed six current and future challenges: Missile proliferation and new tools and initiatives to fight against it, the renewal of arms control thinking towards outer space, the increasing nuclear and ballistic challenges in North East Asia, including the nuclear crisis in the Korean peninsula since the Singapore summit in May 2018, the future of strategic arms control and the role the EU in the future of security architecture in Europe, new technologies and arms control, including artificial intelligence, and the study and definition of hybrid warfare and cyber risks. While the beginning of our century has been characterised by the deconstruction of a significant part of the arms control architecture developed in the post-Cold War years, European countries find themselves in a paradoxical situation: The EU has become a global actor in non-proliferation and disarmament since the adoption of the 2003 Common Strategy; at the same time, security within Europe's borders has been attacked in such a way that today's collective European security frameworks are fragile. In this context, this Eighth Consultative Meeting of the EUNPD Consortium was a privileged opportunity to collectively rethink what multilateral arms control can bring to European security interests.  
Five interviews were conducted on the margins of the Eighth Consultative Meeting. With : • Benjamin Hautecouverture, Head, Arms control and Technologies programme, FRS • Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS • Renata Dwan, Director, UNIDIR • Frank Meeussen, Policy Officer, Conventional arms export control, EEAS • Névine Schepers, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme, IISS

Agenda

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

14:45 – 15:15 Registration 15:15 – 15:30 Welcome and introduction to the meeting 15:30 – 17:00 Dealing with missile proliferation: tools, approaches, initiatives 17:00-18:30 Arms control in outer space 19:15 Dinner

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

08:15 – 08:45 Registration 08:45 – 10:45 Proliferation challenges in North East Asia 10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break 11:00 – 13:00 The future of strategic arms control 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 16:00 New technologies and their implications for arms control (including LAWS and AI) 16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break 16:15 – 18:15 Hybrid warfare, cyber risks and threats and arms control 18:15 – 18:30 Concluding remarks  

Seventh Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

04 September 2018

The Seventh Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) was held in Brussels (Borschette Center) on 4 and 5 September 2018. ​ It tackled the most pressing challenges in the Middle East (the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018) and in North East Asia (which “denuclearization” process for the DPRK […]

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The Seventh Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) was held in Brussels (Borschette Center) on 4 and 5 September 2018. ​ It tackled the most pressing challenges in the Middle East (the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018) and in North East Asia (which “denuclearization” process for the DPRK after the June 2018 Singapore Summit?), the nuclear disarmament objective in a constraint strategic environment, the UN Secretary general’s disarmament agenda, the reinforcement of the chemical weapons prohibition norm after the 2017 crises, and the EU strategy against illicit small arms and light weapons. It cannot be denied that the present context is not auspicious to progress in the non-proliferation and disarmament realm: The global environment has seen many challenges to the normative order for several years (North Korea’s withdrawal from the NPT in 2003, US and Russia’s strategic dialogue stalemate since 2014, chemical weapons use in the Syrian conflict since 2013, etc.); existing arms control and non-proliferation agreements are getting dangerously close to unravelling. In such a context, it was widely acknowledged by the hundred participants to the meeting that the EU has a special responsibility to uphold existing regimes in a coherent, concerted and effective way, pursuant to the principle of “effective multilateralism” which has been the cornerstone of the European Strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction since 2003.    

Agenda

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

13:30 – 14:00 Registration 14:00 – 14:15 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service 14:15 – 15:45 The revision of the EU Strategy against illicit SALW and their ammunition Chair: Frank Meeussen, European External Action Service Speakers: - Damien Spleeters, Conflict Armament Research - Fabio Marini, DG Home 15:45-16:00 Coffee break 16:00 – 18:00 The chemical weapons non-use norm after the Special Conference of States Parties to the CWC Chair: Christopher Daase, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Speakers: - Elisande Nexon, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique - Una Becker-Jakob, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt - Dimitris Iliopoulos, EEAS, Former EU Liaison Officer to OPCW 19:00 Dinner   [caption id="attachment_7341" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Credit: FRS[/caption]  

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

08:15 – 08:45 Registration 08:45 – 10:45 The JCPOA after the US withdrawal Chair: Stephan Klement, European External Action Service Iran Task Force Speakers: - Tytti Erastö, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - Louis de Gaulle, Le Club des Juristes 10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break 11:00 – 13:00 The DPRK crisis after the Singapore summit Chair: Laura Rockwood, Vienna Center on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Speakers: - Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies - Tongfi Kim, Vesalius College 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 16:00 Nuclear disarmament, the NPT review process and the TPNW: Prospects for the EU Chair: Ettore Greco, Istituto Affari Internazionali Speakers: - Emmanuelle Maître, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique - Bruno Hellendorff, Egmont 16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break 16:15 – 17:45 UNSG's Disarmament agenda Chair: Maria Mekri, SaferGlobe Speakers: - Renata Dwan, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - Cristina Varriale, Royal United Services Institute - Anne Kemppainen, EUDEL Geneva 17:45 – 18:00 Concluding remarks Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service

Sixth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

14 June 2017

  The Sixth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 14 June 2017 in the Charlemagne Building, Brussels.   Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service 09:40 – 11:15 The Revision of the 2005 EU Strategy […]

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  The Sixth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 14 June 2017 in the Charlemagne Building, Brussels.  

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service
09:40 – 11:15 The Revision of the 2005 EU Strategy to combat the illicit accumulation and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition Chair: Frank Meeussen, European External Action Service Speaker: James Bevan, Conflict Analysis Research Speaker: An Vranckx, Independent Expert Speaker: Mark Bromley, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
11:45-13:00 Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) as a focus of the discussion in the framework of the CCW work programme of 2017 Chair: Lene Lindholft Rietveld, European External Action Service Speaker: Vincent Boulanin, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Speaker: Anja Dahlmann, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs
14:00 – 15:30 Recent use of chemical weapons by state and non-state actors in Syria and Iraq, and international responses Chair: Emil Kazakov, European External Action Service Speaker: Jean Pascal Zanders, Independent Expert Speaker: Dimitris Iliopoulos, European External Action Service
16:00 – 17:30 Current challenges in the field of ballistic missiles non-proliferation (MTCR, HCoC, INF, BMD systems) Chair: Bruno Hanses, European External Action Service Speaker: Marek Szczygieł, Chairman of the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) Speaker: Stéphane Delory, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
17:30 – 18:00 Concluding remarks Giorgio Franceschini, Chairman of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service

Fifth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

07 October 2016

  Thursday 7 July 2016 Welcome and introduction 09:00 - 10:00 Registration and welcome breakfast 10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Joëlle Jenny, European External Action Service Session 1: Preventing CBRN Terrorism 10:15 - 11:45 EU support for preventing proliferation and use of biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear […]

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Thursday 7 July 2016

Welcome and introduction
09:00 - 10:00 Registration and welcome breakfast
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Joëlle Jenny, European External Action Service
Session 1: Preventing CBRN Terrorism
10:15 - 11:45 EU support for preventing proliferation and use of biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons, including by non-state actors  Chair: Bruno Dupré, European External Action Service Speaker (Chem.): Dimitris Iliopoulos, European External Action Service (download the presentation) Speaker (Bio): Richard Guthrie, CBW Events Speaker (Radiological / Nuclear): Matthew Cottee, International Institute for Strategic Studies Discussant: Nomi Bar-Yaacov, Chatham House
11:45 - 12:45 A mid-term assessment of the Comprehensive Review of UNSCR 1540 Implementation: Implications and Options for the EU Chair: Vicente Garrido Rebolledo, INCIPE Speaker: Scott Spence, VERTIC (download the presentation) Speaker: Sibylle Bauer, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch
Session 2: Arms export control
14:15 - 15:00 The way ahead for the ATT Chair: Pierre-Arnaud Lotton, European External Action Service Speaker: Elli Kytömäki, Chatham House (download the presentation) Speaker: Michael Brzoska, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (download the presentation)
15:00 - 15:45 Increasing accountability: end-user control and identification of diversion Chair: Frank Meeussen, European External Action Service Speaker: Paul Holtom, Coventry University (download the presentation) Speaker: Sarah Parker, Small Arms Survey
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
Session 3: Non-proliferation diplomacy and sanctions
16:15 – 17:30 Assessing the High Level Review of United Nations Sanctions: What way forward for EU non-proliferation sanctions? Chair: Teresa Archer Pratas, European External Action Service Speaker: Per Saland, Former Sanctions Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Speaker: Clara Portela, Singapore Management University (download the presentation)
 

Friday 8 July 2016

Session 4: EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Policy
09:00 – 10:00 EU priorities for and contribution to the 2016 BTWC Review Conference Chair: Emil Kazakov, European External Action Service Speaker: James Revill, University of Sussex (download the presentation) Speaker: Kathryn Millett, Biosecure
10:00 – 11:00 Recent developments in the field of nuclear disarmament Chair: Judit Körömi, European External Action Service Speaker: Jenny Nielsen, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (download the presentation) Speaker: Oliver Meier, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 The EU role in non-proliferation diplomacy with Iran and the DPRK Chair: Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique Speakers (Iran): Annika Weidemann, European External Action Service Iran Task Force and Tarja Cronberg, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Speaker (DPRK): Andrea Berger, Royal United Services Institute
13:00 – 13:15 Closing of the meeting  Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
 

Fourth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

13 June 2015

The Fourth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 13 and 14 July 2015 at the Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. As the previous meeting – the Third Consultative Meeting from 3-4 November 2014 – it took place under Council Decision 2014/129/CFSP; it will be followed by the Fifth Consultative Meeting in […]

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The Fourth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 13 and 14 July 2015 at the Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels.

As the previous meeting – the Third Consultative Meeting from 3-4 November 2014 – it took place under Council Decision 2014/129/CFSP; it will be followed by the Fifth Consultative Meeting in 2016, which completes the series of consultative meetings within the contract period covered by CD 2014/129/CFSP. The Fourth Consultative Meeting was attended by 76 participants coming from the European External Action Service, the EU Commission, the EU Member States, the EU think tanks and the EU academic world, as well as by three independent experts from Norway, Switzerland and Singapore University. Additionally, four EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Interns were present at the meeting. The aim of the consultative meetings is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of views on non-proliferation and disarmament matters for European experts, researchers, academics and practitioners.    

Monday, 13 July, 2015

Welcome and introduction into the meeting
09:00 - 10:00 Registration and welcome breakfast
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introduction to the meeting Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Joëlle Jenny, European External Action Service
Session 1: Nuclear non-proliferation
10:15 - 12-15 Implementing an Iran nuclear deal: the EU role Chair: Stephan Klement, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy Speaker: Clara Portela, Singapore Management University (download the presentation) Speaker: Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies (download the presentation)
12:15 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:30 The EU at the 2015 NPT Review Conference Chair: Judit Körömi, European External Action Service Speaker: Camille Grand, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique Speaker: Alexander Kmentt, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
Session 2: Conventional and non‐conventional terrorism threats
16:00 – 17:00 Terrorism threats to EU internal and external security from illicit trafficking of SALW  Chair: Carolin Thielking, European External Action Service Speaker: Nils Duquet, Flemish Peace Institute (download the presentation) Speaker: Ian Anthony, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
17:00 – 18:00 Preventing nuclear terrorism: What are the EU’s ambitions for the last Nuclear Security Summit in 2016? Chair: John Bernhard, Independent Advisor on Political and Legal Issues  Speaker: Said Abousahl, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (download the presentation) Speaker:Egle Murauskaite, Center for International Development and Confabousahllict Management, University of Maryland

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015

Session 3: Towards the BTWC Review Conference
09:00 – 10:15 EU options for the last intersessional process before the 2016 BTWC RevCon Chair: Cindy Vestergaard, Danish Institute for International Studies Speaker: Jean Pascal Zanders, The Trench, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (download the presentation) Speaker: Iris Hunger, Federal Information Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens, Robert Koch Institute
Session 4: Emerging issues in arms control
10:15 – 11:30 Verification of nuclear weapon disarmament: can the EU play a role? Chair: Piotr Szymanski, European Commission, Directorate-­‐General for Energy  Speaker: Andreas Persbo, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre Speaker: Ole Reistad, Institute for Energy Technology / University of Oslo
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:15 Militarized competition in outer space and the EU draft International Code of Conduct Chair: Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Speaker: Xavier Pasco, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (download the presentation) Speaker: Jana Robinson, Prague Security Studies Institute (download the presentation)
13:15 – 13:30 Closing of the meeting  Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service Giorgio Franceschini, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Third Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

03 October 2014

Final Program     The Third Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 3 and 4 November in Brussels. It continues the series of European expert meetings, which started in 2011 with the so-called Kick-off Meeting and was followed by the Second Consultative Meeting in 2013. Both events took place under the […]

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Final Program

   

The Third Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium took place on 3 and 4 November in Brussels. It continues the series of European expert meetings, which started in 2011 with the so-called Kick-off Meeting and was followed by the Second Consultative Meeting in 2013. Both events took place under the Council Decision 2010/799/CFSP.

The aim of the consultative meetings is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of views on non-proliferation and disarmament matters for European experts, researchers, academics and practitioners. The Third Consultative Meeting took place under the Council Decision 2014/129/CFSP and will be followed by a fourth and fifth meeting in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The meeting was attended by 91 participants coming from the External Action Service (15), other EU Institutions (4), the EU Member States (28), International Organizations (1), the EU think tanks and the EU academic world (40), as well as from three independent experts from Norway (1) and Switzerland (2). 20 EU Member states were represented by (at least) one official delegate at the meeting. It was the highest number of EU MS at the consultative meetings, so far. Also the new EU Member Croatia sent one delegate from the capital.

Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Welcome and Introduction into the Meeting
    • 9:30 – 10:30 : Registration and Welcome Coffee
    • 10:30 – 10:15 : Welcome and Introduction to the Meeting
      • Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
      • Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Session 1 Repercussions of the Ukraine Crisis
    • 10:45 – 12:30 : Chair/ Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
    • Implications of the Ukraine crisis on the nuclear non-proliferation regime
      • Speaker: Łukasz Kulesa, European Leadership Network (ELN)
    • Challenges for the global arms control regime and cooperative security with Russia
      • Speaker: Jiří Schneider, Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI)
      • Speaker: Paolo Foradori, University of Trento
  • Session 2: Controlling Unconventional and Conventional Arms in the Middle East and in North Africa (MENA)
    • 14:00 – 15:30 : Light at the end of the tunnel? The Syrian chemical weapon programme and the Iranian nuclear dossier
    • 16:00 – 17:30 : Tracking the flow of conventional weapons to state and non-state actors in MENA
      • Chair: Thanos Dokos, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
      • Speaker (EU arms transfers): Jan Grebe, Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC)
      • Speaker (spread of arms to non-state actors): Ali Arbia, Small Arms Survey

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Second Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

17 June 2013

Final Program Monday, June 17, 2013 Welcome and Introduction into the Meeting 9:00 – 10:00 : Registration and Welcome Coffee 10:00 – 10:15 : Welcome Address and Introduction to the Meeting Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service - Directorate K Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt 1. Session: Regional Proliferation […]

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Final Program

Monday, June 17, 2013

  • Welcome and Introduction into the Meeting
    • 9:00 – 10:00 : Registration and Welcome Coffee
    • 10:00 – 10:15 : Welcome Address and Introduction to the Meeting
      • Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service - Directorate K
      • Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  • 1. Session: Regional Proliferation Challenges and Options for the EU
    • 10:15 – 11:15 : The illicit spread of SALW in areas of weak and fragile statehood, especially MENA
    • 11:15 – 12:15 : Implementing the EU Common Position on arms exports: challenges and options
      • Chair: Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
      • Speaker: Sibylle Bauer, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
      • Comment: Nils Duquet, Flemish Peace Institute
    • 12:15 – 13:45 : Lunch
    • 13:45 – 15:45 : The European Union and programmes of key proliferation concern
    • 15:45 – 16:15 : Coffee Break
    • 16:15 – 18:00 : Syria’s multiple proliferation challenges and the European Union’s options

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • 2. Session: Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • 9:00 – 10:15 : Reflections on the CWC Review Outcome and the BTWC Intersessional Process
    • 10:15 – 11:30 : Options to Facilitate the CTBT Entry into Force
    • 11:30 – 12:00 : Coffee break
  • 3. Session: Space and Missiles
  • 4. Session: EU WMD Policies
    • 14:45 – 16:15 : The EU WMD Strategy after ten years: a critical appraisal and options for amendment (Panel discussion)
      • Chair: Camille Grand, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
      • Panelists: Ian Anthony, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
      •  Łukasz Kulesa, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
      •  Gerrard Quille, European Parliament
    • 16:15 – 16:30 : Further development of the network
      • Speaker: Camille Grand, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
    • Closing of the meeting
      • Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
      • Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service

First Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

23 May 2011

Final Program Monday, May 23, 2011 Welcome 9:00 – 10:00 : Registration and Welcome Coffee 10:00 – 10:15 : Welcome Address and Introduction to the Meeting Annalisa Giannella, European External Action Service (EEAS) Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany / EU Non-Proliferation Consortium 1. Session: EU policy 10:15 – 11:15 : Implementation of the […]

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Final Program

Monday, May 23, 2011

  • 3. Session: Space and Missiles
  • 4. Session: Conventional Weapons
  • 5. Outlook and Closing of the Meeting
    • 16:00 – 17:00 : Further development of the network
      • Speaker: Camille Grand and Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), France / EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
    • Closing of the meeting
      • Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany / EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
      • Annalisa Giannella, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Tenth EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference

06 December 2021

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Ninth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

12 November 2020

The Ninth EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference was held virtually on 12 - 13 November 2020. Organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) on behalf of the EU Consortium of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks the Conference has been, since 2012, one of the key non-proliferation and disarmament events worldwide. The conference addressed several […]

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The Ninth EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference was held virtually on 12 - 13 November 2020. Organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) on behalf of the EU Consortium of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks the Conference has been, since 2012, one of the key non-proliferation and disarmament events worldwide.

The conference addressed several pressing issues of the field, including ways to rebuild mutual trust in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament; how to tackle arms diversion; the impact of artificial intelligence and related technologies; and the similitudes between biological weapons and pandemics and lessons learned from Covid-19.

The conference was attended by over 420 experts from over 54 different countries, including experts and representatives from governments and international organizations and high-level speakers from public institutions, international organisations and civil society. Opened by a message from the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and remarks from United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, the Conference included keynote speeches from Amb. Gustavo Zlauvinen, President-designate of the 2020 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and Amb. Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Further speakers included US Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Ford, and the Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Fu Cong, besides renowned academics, researchers and officials from around the world.

The EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference demonstrated once again the EU’s strong commitment and support for multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament as well as the rules-based order.

  Message from High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission Josep Borrell   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cg3O24c1ug&ab_channel=EUNon-ProliferationandDisarmamentConsortium[/embed] EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 12-13 November 2020 Remarks by HE Gustavo Zlauvinen, President-designate of Tenth NPT Review Conference Speech by Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Speech by Christopher Ashley Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

Statement by Director-General FU Cong at the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference

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Eighth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

13 December 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JFbGaeVoFI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moXtjR2YGDY   Message from Pawel Herczyński on behalf of HR/VP Josep Borrell EU NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE 13-14 DECEMBER, 2019 Excellency's, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you to Brussels to the Eight Annual EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference. Diplomats, policy makers, civil society, industry, and academics from around the world are here […]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JFbGaeVoFI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moXtjR2YGDY   Message from Pawel Herczyński on behalf of HR/VP Josep Borrell EU NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE 13-14 DECEMBER, 2019 Excellency's, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you to Brussels to the Eight Annual EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference. Diplomats, policy makers, civil society, industry, and academics from around the world are here today to tackle some of the most complex challenges of our times. Today you are not simply discussing non-proliferation and disarmament issues. You are here to discuss about our future: the fate of global security. I very much regret not being able to attend in person. I want to welcome the participation of civil society, in particular the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium of think tanks. Thank you for organising this event. But, above all, thank you for your tireless work in promoting research and dialogue on these important issues. We live in a dangerous world. This will not come as a surprise to you. Looking at the wider geo-strategic picture, we see the rebirth of geo-strategic competition. This affects different regions and mobilises powerful regional actors. Today’s challenges affect us all irrespective of our location. We are seeing a step back in some of the greatest accomplishments in global non-proliferation and disarmamanet after the cold war. If we forget our past, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. We must avoid entering into a new arms race which would endanger the peaceful future of our continent. Non-proliferation and disarmament are at a critical juncture. Multilateralism as a whole is under threat. The European Union strongly believes in a rules-based world order, where States and institutions address global challenges together, but also resolve their differences. In the coming year, the EU will particularly focus on promoting a successful outcome of the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. On its 50th anniversary, we must celebrate and reinforce the NPT as a key multilateral instrument for international peace, security and stability. The EU strongly supports all three pillars of the NPT: disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear technologies. All States Parties have committed to pursuing policies that are fully compatible with the Treaty and the objective of achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Our non-proliferation efforts in relation to Iran will continue to be key in this context. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been an important component of European security architecture. Its disappearance creates a dangerous security void. It also highlights that intermediate-range nuclear missiles are a threat way beyond Europe. The EU is ready to support international efforts aimed at developing confidence-building measures that will help avoid escalation and further proliferation. The well-established norm against chemical weapons is being tested. We must be firm that any use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anyone, be it a State or a non-State actor, under any circumstances is unacceptable and violates international law and norms. There can be no impunity, those responsible need to be brought to justice. Finally, we should not forget that it is conventional weapons that claim most victims in today's conflicts. For this reason, the EU is stepping up its efforts to prevent the trafficking of small arms and light weapons, and to achieve a mine-free world for future generations. We should never forget the human face of security. Further initiatives and processes at international and regional levels to restore dialogue and trust and promote transparency and confidence-building measures are crucial and deserve our support. In all these areas, dialogue with our global partners is essential. This is what makes gatherings such as this conference so important. We must collectively speak the language of both our interests and of our values. I call upon all of you to demonstrate persistence and creativity in strengthening the global non-proliferation and disarmament architecture. We owe this to future generations to leave to them a more secure and stable world. I wish you a fruitful and open discussion, with the collective aim to increase international security, ensure non-proliferation, and promote disarmament. This is some extract of the Eighth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference :

SUMMARY REPORT

   

Presentation at the 8th EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

        

FRIDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2019

INTRODUCTORY SESSION - Europe Room

Welcome Addresses Ettore Greco, Executive Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome Opening Speech Pawel Herczyński, Acting Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy and Crisis Response FIRST PLENARY SESSION - Europe Room Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at a Critical Juncture: New Trends and Challenges Chair: Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, European Union External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels Speakers: Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, New York Mikhail Ulyanov, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna William Alberque, Director of Arms Control, Disarmament, WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

SESSION IA - Orange Room

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North-East Asia Chair: Elena Sokova, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) Speakers: Akira Igata, Visiting Professor, Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University, Tokyo Andrei Lankov, Director of Korea Risk Group, and Professor, Kookmin University, Seoul Duyeon Kim, Senior Advisor for Northeast Asia and Nuclear Policy, International Crisis Group, Seoul Melissa Hanham, Deputy Director, Open Nuclear Network, and Director, Datayo Project, One Earth Future Foundation, Vienna

SESSION IB - Europe Room

Prospects and challenges of the WMDFZ in the Middle East Chair: Chen Kane, Director, Middle East Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey Speakers: Emad Kiyaei, Principal, IGD Group Farzan Sabet, Project Manager and Researcher, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva Karim Haggag, Professor, American University of Cairo Tomisha Bino, Programme Analyst, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva

SESSION IIA - Orange Room

Arms Control in Outer Space Chair: Michael Elleman, Director of Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Washington DC Speakers: Ajey Lele, Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi Alexandra Stickings, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London Petr Havlik, Senior Space Policy Officer, EEAS Ma Shengkun, Deputy Director-General, Department of Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Beijing Xavier Pasco, Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris

SESSION IIB - Europe Room

Cyber Security Challenges Chair: Niklas Schörnig, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) Speakers: Giacomo Persi Paoli, Programme Lead for Security and Technology, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva Gregor Ramuš, Project Associate, OSCE, Vienna Jinghua Lyu, Visiting Scholar, Cyber Policy Initiative, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C. Raluca Csernatoni, Visiting Researcher, Carnegie Europe, Brussels

SECOND PLENARY SESSION - Europe Room

Towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference Chair: Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris Speakers: Jenny Nielsen, Information Officer, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Vienna Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Director of International Organizations and Non-Proliferation Program, Vienna Center For Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) Marjolijn van Deelen, Head of the Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Hague Meena Singelee, Head of the Geneva Office, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) The JCPOA Procurement Channel: An Assessment Nicolas Kasprzyk, Head JCPOA Procurement Channel Section, Delegation of the EU to the International Organisations in Vienna

SATURDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2019

THIRD PLENARY SESSION - Europe Room

Regulating Arms Trade Chair: Tim Ripley, Independent journalist and analyst Speakers: Abayomi Nicholas Adeomi, Program Officer, Small Arms and Light Weapons, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jānis Kārkliņš, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations, Geneva Mélanie Régimbal, Director, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Lima Sigrid Lipott, Associate Researcher, Small Arms Survey, Geneva

FOURTH PLENARY SESSION - Europe Room

Keynote Speech Hans Brattskar, President of the Fourth Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and other International Organisations, Geneva Implementing the EU’s Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Agenda Chair: Gustav Lindstrom, Director, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris Speakers: Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, European Union External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels Leena Pylvanainen, Director for Arms Control, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki Susanne Baumann, Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin Closing Remarks Sibylle Bauer, Chair, EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium /Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)  

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17 December 2018

  SUMMARY REPORT     NETWORK MEETING Monday, 17 December 2018 14.00 - 15.00     Registration and Welcome Coffee   15.00 - 16.30     FIRST SESSION: CURRENT STATE OF THE NETWORK AND THE WAY AHEAD This session will provide a brief overview of the new structure and activities of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium as […]

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NETWORK MEETING

Monday, 17 December 2018

14.00 - 15.00     Registration and Welcome Coffee   15.00 - 16.30     FIRST SESSION: CURRENT STATE OF THE NETWORK AND THE WAY AHEAD This session will provide a brief overview of the new structure and activities of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium as well as of the EUNPD Network, assessing membership, role and available expertise. The session will also be an opportunity to provide input and make proposals for the next implementation steps. Chair: Sibylle Bauer, EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium/ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Introductory Remarks: Emil Kazakov, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control Division, European External Action Service (EEAS) State and Prospects of the Network: Giovanna Maletta, EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium/SIPRI   16.30 - 17.00     COFFEE BREAK   17.00 - 18.30     SECOND SESSION: THE CHANGING SECURITY ENVIRONMENT, THE EU’S ROLE AND RELATED RESEARCH PRIORITIES This session will look at the challenges ahead for non-proliferation and disarmament, exploring in particular the EU’s role. In light of this, the session will also discuss the network’s current and future contribution to the ongoing security debate. Chair: Ettore Greco, EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium / Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) Open Debate   Closing Remarks: Representative of the European Union External Action Service (EEAS)   18.30                DINNER BUFFET  

EU NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

  MORNING INTRODUCTORY SESSION   8:30     Registration and Welcome Coffee             9:30     Welcome Remarks Ettore Greco, Executive Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome                         9:45     Opening Speech Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission - TBC   FIRST PLENARY SESSION 10:00    Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: The Political Framework Chair: Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, European Union External Action Service (EEAS) Speakers:
  • Vladimir Baranovskiy, Member of the Directorate, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow
  • Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation, U.S. Department of State
  • Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Anja Kaspersen, Director Geneva Branch, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  11:45    Keynote Speech - The CWC after the Fourth Review Conference Fernando Arias, Director-General, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)   12:15 - 13:30 - LUNCH   AFTERNOON PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS:   SESSION IA 13:30    Regulating the Arms Trade Chair: Sibylle Bauer, Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm Speakers:
  • Ashley Georgina Hamer, Field Analyst, Conflict Armament Research, London
  • Manuel Martinez Miralles, Researcher, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva
  • Sarah Parker, Policy Support Officer, Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Secretariat, Geneva
  • Anselme Nahmtante Yabouri, Director, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Lomé
  SESSION IB 13:30    The Challenges of Autonomous Weapons Chair: Niklas Schörnig, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Frankfurt Speakers:
  • Vincent Boulanin, Senior Researcher, SIPRI
  • Ulrike Esther Franke, Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), London
  • Kathleen Lawand, Head of Arms Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
  • Gustav Lindstrom, Director, The EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris
  15:00 - 15:30 - COFFEE BREAK   PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS II   SESSION IIA 15:30    Arms Control in Outer Space Chair: Xavier Pasco, Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), Paris Speakers:
  • Amber Charlesworth, Office of Space and Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State - TBC
  • Carine Claeys, Acting Special Envoy for Space, EEAS
  • Sergio Marchisio, Chairman, European Centre for Space Law (ECSL)
  • Tereza Kupkova, Project Coordinator, Space Security Program, The Prague Security Studies Institute, Prague
  • Guoyu Wang, Deputy Dean, Academy of Air, Space Policy and Law, Beijing Institute of Technology
  SESSION IIB   15:30    Cyber Security Challenges Chair: Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary General for Emergency Security Challenges, NATO Speakers:
  • Eléonore Pauwels, Research Fellow on AI and Emerging Cyber Technologies, United Nations University, New York
  • Francesco M. Talò, Coordinator for Cyber Security Issues, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation    
  • Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - TBC
  • Tong Zhao, Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Beijing
  17:00 - 17:30 - COFFEE BREAK   SECOND PLENARY SESSION   17:30    Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Chair: Névine Schepers, Research Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London Speakers:
  • Irma Arguello, President, NPSGlobal Foundation, Buenos Aires
  • Cornel Feruţă, Assistant Director General, Chief Coordinator, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House, London
  • Adil Sultan Muhammad, Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London
  • Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director, FRS, Paris
                                                            19:00 - DINNER   WEDNESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2018 THIRD PLENARY SESSION   08:30    Registration and Welcome Coffee   09:00    Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North-East Asia Chair: Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior Research Fellow, FRS, Paris Speakers:
  • Nobuyasu Abe, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, Cambridge
  • Andrea Berger, Senior Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey
  • Park Jiyoung, Senior Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Seoul
  • Phillip Schell, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  10:30 - 11:00 - COFFEE BREAK   FOURTH PLENARY SESSION   11:00    The EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative and its 2019-2020 Roadmap Tristan Simonart, EU Coordinator, CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence, Brussels   11:30    Implementing the EU’s Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Agenda Chair: Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Speakers:
  • Rüdiger Bohn, Ambassador, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
  • Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, EEAS
  • Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Manpreet Sethi, Senior Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi
  13:00    Closing Remarks Sibylle Bauer, Chair, EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium /Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, SIPRI   13:30 – LUNCH

Sixth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

12 December 2017

The Sixth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference took place in Brussels on 12 and 13 December 2017. For any questions please contact "EUNPC Conference Account". Video message by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2017 Overview of the […]

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The Sixth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference took place in Brussels on 12 and 13 December 2017.

For any questions please contact "EUNPC Conference Account".

Video message by Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission

EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2017

Overview of the conference by Dan Smith, SIPRI Director

The video has been produced by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and is published on SIPRI's YouTube Channel.    

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome
Sibylle Bauer, Chair, EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Video message by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Pedro Serrano, Deputy-Secretary General for CSDP and Crisis Response, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Plenary Session: Perspectives on Nonproliferation and Disarmament Challenges
Chair: Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, EEAS Vladimir Baranovsky, Board member, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO) Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary-General, NATO Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Jianqun Teng, Director, Department of American Studies, China Institute of International Studies Irma Arguello, Non-proliferation for Global Security Foundation, Buenos Aires (was unable to participate due to flight disruptions) (download the presentation)
12:00 - 13:30 Parallel Break-out Sessions I : Perspectives on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Challenges
North East Asia Chair: Angela Kane, Former UN Under-Secretary-General Antoine Bondaz, Research Fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), Paris Hua Han, Professor, School of International Studies (SIS), Beijing University Andrei Lankov, Professor, Kookmin University, Seoul Kiejoo Kim, Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Belgium and Mission of the Republic of Korea to the European UnionAsia Pacific Chair: Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-proliferation (VCDNP) Rizwana Abassi, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, National Defence University, Islamabad Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi Piotr Topychkanov, Senior Researcher, Center for International Security – Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences
14:30 - 16:00 Parallel Break-out Sessions II : Perspectives on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Challenges
After the BTWC Meeting of States Parties: What Next? Chair: Anne Kemppainen, Head of Political Section for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, EU Delegation, Geneva Amandeep Singh Gill, Ambassador of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament Elisande Nexon, Research Fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), Paris Richard Guthrie, Coordinating Editor, CBW Events Emil Kazakov, International Relations Officer, Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division, EEASSmall Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Flows: Preventing Diversion Chair: Pawel Herczynski, Director, Security Policy Directorate, EEAS James Bevan, Executive Director, Conflict Armaments Research Nils Duquet, Senior Researcher, Flemish Peace Institute Nobushige Takamizawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament/ President of the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty
14:30 - 16:00 Plenary Session: The JCPOA
Chair: Rolf Ekeus, European Leadership Network / Distinguished Associate Fellow SIPRI Mark Fitzpatrick, Head, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London/Washington D.C. Saeed Khatibzadeh, Acting Director, Institute for International and Political Studies (IPIS), Tehran Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London
18:00 - 18:30 Keynote Speech
Annika Söder, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
   

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

09:00 - 10:30 Plenary Session: Technological Challenges to Arms Control, Too Fast to Keep Up?
Chair: John Borrie, Chief of Research, UNIDIR/Associate Fellow, Chatham House Rick Cupitt, Senior Associate, WMD, Non-proliferation and Security, Stimson Center, Washington D.C. Netta Goussac, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross – Arms Unit, Legal Division Lora Saalman, Director of Studies, Peace and Conflict/ Programme Director, China and Global Security, SIPRI
11:00 - 13:00 Closing PLenary: The Future of Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and the Role of the EU
Chair: Sibylle Bauer, Chair, EU Non-proliferation Consortium/Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, SIPRI Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, EEAS Christopher Ford, Senior Director for WMD and Counterproliferation, U.S. National Security Council (download the presentation) Angela Kane, Former UN Under-Secretary-General (download the presentation)
 

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03 December 2016

  The fifth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference was held in Brussels from 3–4 November 2016. Introduction by High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini Selection of pictures For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.   Thursday 3 November 2016 10:00 - 11:00 […]

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The fifth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference was held in Brussels from 3–4 November 2016.

Introduction by High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini Selection of pictures For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.  

Thursday 3 November 2016

10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to the conference
Introduction of video welcome Video welcome Introduction of keynote speaker Keynote speaker
11:00 - 13:00 First Plenary Session: Disarmament and Deterrence – bridging the divide
14:15 - 15:45 Simultaneous Special Sessions (First Sitting)
Session 1: The role of Conventional Arms Control in light of pressing security challenges 
Session 2: Ensuring the Space Environment is peaceful, safe and secure 
Session 3: The threat of Non-State Actors - responding to CBRN events
Session 4: Prospects for Arms Control and Disarmament in the Middle East
16:15 – 17:45 Simultaneous Special Sessions (Second Sitting)
Session 5: The BTWC – maintaining relevance
Session 6: Combatting the trafficking of small arms and light weapons 
Session 7: Security on the korean peninsula 
Session 8: The future of the Nuclear Suppliers Group
19:000 - 21:00 Conference Dinner
Introduction of keynote speaker Keynote speaker
 

Friday 4 November 2016

08:45 - 10:00 Second Plenary Session: the impact of technological change on Security and Nonproliferation
10:30 – 12:00 Simultaneous Special Sessions (Third Sitting)
Session 9: Progress and Challenges in Chemical Disarmament 
Session 10: Nuclear Security – what next after the NSS process?
Session 11: Missile Defence – Asia, Middle East and Europe 
Session 12: The utility of sanctions in Non-Proliferation Policy 
12:30 – 13:45 Third Plenary Session: the Iran accord one year on
13:45 – 14:00 Closing Comments

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11 November 2015

  The fourth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference was held in Brussels on 11 and 12 November 2015. The list of participants and a selection of pictures are now available. For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.   Wednesday, 11 November, 2015 Welcome and introduction 11:30 - 13:30 Lunch and registration 13:30 - 14:30 […]

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The fourth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament conference was held in Brussels on 11 and 12 November 2015.

The list of participants and a selection of pictures are now available. For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.  

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

Welcome and introduction
11:30 - 13:30 Lunch and registration
13:30 - 14:30 Introduction to the conference Introduction of keynote speaker keynote speaker
14:45 - 16:15 Simultaneous Special Sessions (First Sitting)
Session 1: New technologies and challenges to Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Session 2: Chemical warfare at 100
Session 3: The future of nuclear power
Session 4: The EU, China and Non-Proliferation: from Iran to North Korea?
16:15 – 16:45 Refreshment Break
16:45 – 18:00 Simultaneous Special Sessions (Second Sitting)
Session 5: Prospects for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and beyond
Session 6: The Arms Trade Treaty – Implementation after entry into force
Session 7: The BWC: Issues for the 2016 Review Conference
Session 8: Advances in Missile Delivery Systems
18:00 – 19:00 Reception
19:000 - 21:00 Conference Dinner Introduction of keynote speaker keynote speaker
 

Thursday, 12 November, 2015

Plenary Sessions
08:45 - 10:00 First Plenary Session: The NPT Review Conference and the future of Nuclear Disarmament
10:00 - 10:30 Second Plenary Session: The Salience of Nuclear Weapons after Ukraine
10:30 – 12:00 Reception
12:00– 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Simultaneous Special Sessions (third Sitting)
Session 9: CBRN: Lessons learned from Fukushima, Ebola and Syria
Session 10: How to regulate Autonomous Weapons Systems
session 11: fostering cooperation and non-weaponisation in Space
Session 12: The CTBT as a regional CBM (in Middle East and South ASia)
14:30 – 15:00 Refreshments
15:00 – 16:30 Plenary Sessions
Third Plenary Session: The Iran deal – outcomes and next steps
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Comments

Third EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

04 September 2014

Around 280 experts have gathered in Brussels on the 4 &5 September 2014 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. In accordance with the Consortium division of labour, IISS took on the main organizing role for the conference. Introductory Remarks were given by Joelle Jenny, Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European […]

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Around 280 experts have gathered in Brussels on the 4 &5 September 2014 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. In accordance with the Consortium division of labour, IISS took on the main organizing role for the conference. Introductory Remarks were given by Joelle Jenny, Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service (EEAS). Keynote address was given by Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Evening Keynote Speech was given by UN High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane and the ensuing discussion moderated by former BBC World News presenter Nik Gowing. All the plenary sessions, simultaneous special sessions, introductory remarks and keynote addresses were recorded on video and are available through this website. For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.

General Documents

Speaker agenda

Plenary and Special Sessions: videos, speech transcripts, Q & A

  • Introduction to the meeting and Keynote Speech - by Joelle Jenny and Ahmet Ahmet Üzümcü
  • First Plenary Session - The Role of the EU in Iran Nuclear Negotiations
  • Evening Keynote Address- by Angela Kane
  • Second Plenary Session - Eliminating Chemical Weapons
  • Third Plenary Session - Working for a Successful 2015 NPT Review Conference
  • Special Sessions

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Second EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

30 September 2013

More than 300 experts have gathered in Brussels on the 30 September-1 October 2013 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. In accordance with the Consortium division of labour, IISS took on the main organizing role for the conference. Introductory Remarks were given by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action […]

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More than 300 experts have gathered in Brussels on the 30 September-1 October 2013 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. In accordance with the Consortium division of labour, IISS took on the main organizing role for the conference. Introductory Remarks were given by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS). Keynote address was given by Dr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. Evening Keynote Speech was given by Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania. All the Plenary Sessions, introductory remarks and keynote addresses were recorded on video and are available through this website. For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.

General Documents

Speaker agenda

Plenary and Special Sessions: videos, speech transcripts, Q & A

  • Introduction to the meeting and Keynote Speech - by Maciej Popowski and Dr Lassina Zerbo
  • First Plenary Session - Strengthening The Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Regime
    • Jacek Bylica
    • Patricia Lewis
    • Tibor Toth
    • Angela Kane
    • Questions & Answers
  • Evening Keynote Address - by Linas Linkevicius
  • Second Plenary Session - Addressing Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Middle East
    • Jaakko Laajava
    • Mahmoud Karem
    • Shlomo Brom
    • Questions & Answers
  • Third Plenary Session - EU Non-Proliferation Policy and Implementation
    • Joëlle Jenny
    • Lars-Erik Lundin
    • Tarja Cronberg
    • Andrew Cottey
    • Questions & Answers
  • Special Sessions
    • Addressing Bio Risks
    • Ballistic Missiles & Outer Space: Transparency & Confidence Building
    • Strategic Trade Controls
    • Regional Security & Proliferation Challenges In Northeast Asia
    • Nuclear Security
    • Countering Illicit SALW Trafficking
    • The 2015 NPT Review Process: Challenges & Opportunities
    • Controlling Chemical Weapons
    • Arms Trade Treaty: the Way Forward
    • Nuclear Disarmament (Multilateral, bilateral and humanitarian initiative)
    • Assessing the Efficacy of Sanctions Policy

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First EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

03 February 2012

More than 200 experts gathered in Brussels on the 3-4 February 2012 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference took place just as the EU imposed a ban on Iranian oil sales in an effort to persuade Tehran back to the nuclear negotiating table. In accordance […]

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More than 200 experts gathered in Brussels on the 3-4 February 2012 to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference took place just as the EU imposed a ban on Iranian oil sales in an effort to persuade Tehran back to the nuclear negotiating table. In accordance with the Consortium division of labour, IISS took on the main organizing role for the conference. The keynote address was given by Hans Blix, the former Director General of the IAEA. All the Plenary Sessions were recorded on video and are available through this website. Furthermore, summaries of the Plenary Sessions can be downloaded, as well as the Plenary and Special Sessions transcripts. For additional information on the Conference, please see the dedicated Conference website of IISS.

General Documents

Plenary Sessions: videos, speech transcripts, Q&A and summaries

Special Sessions: transcripts

Photos

  • The Conference online photo album is available on Flickr

Considering potential lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic to strengthen the BTWC (Part 1 – virtual)

17 May 2021

This expert seminar aims to consider and determine the key issues highlighted by the pandemic that could be relevant to the disarmament and non-proliferation scope of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). The purpose is to explore the lessons that can be learned from this international public health crisis, and the response, that could […]

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This expert seminar aims to consider and determine the key issues highlighted by the pandemic that could be relevant to the disarmament and non-proliferation scope of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). The purpose is to explore the lessons that can be learned from this international public health crisis, and the response, that could have an impact on the Convention and help strengthen its implementation. The seminar will thus contribute to put into perspective questions that notably relate to national implementation and challenges to biosecurity stemming from advances in life sciences. Considering the scope of the Convention as well as the importance of developing interactions with other existing instruments, organisations and mechanisms, while respecting their respective mandates and avoiding duplication, it will also provide an opportunity to reconsider the reflections pertaining to the implementation of Article VII on emergency assistance in case of a violation of the Convention, and of Article X on cooperation and assistance.
Monday, 17 May 2021
10:00 – 10:15 Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
  • Elisande Nexon (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, France)
  • Mauri Pasanen (Disarmament, non-proliferation and arms export control, EEAS)
10:15 – 11:30 Session 1: Exploring the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic with regard to the implementation of the BTWC Chair: Una Jakob (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany) Speakers:
  • James Revill (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Switzerland) - Current and future main challenges and perspectives for the BWC stemming from the pandemic
  • Filippa Lentzos (Kings College London, United Kingdom) - Global health, research and dual use dilemma in the Covid-19 perspective
  • Gunnar Jeremias (Hamburg University, Germany) - Potential impact of the pandemic on the BWC national implementation
  • Tatyana Novossiolova (Centre for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria) - Cross-sectorial awareness raising and education challenges and perspectives in life sciences
Discussion 11:30 – 11:45 Break 11:45 – 13:00 Session 2: Revisiting the prospects of cooperation for peaceful purposes and emergency assistance through the potential lessons of the pandemic Chair: Elisande Nexon (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, France) Speakers:
  • Jean Pascal Zanders (The Trench / FRS, France) - Exploring the issue of emergency assistance in the framework of the BWC (reconsidering the reflections carried out until the pandemic)
  • Alessandro Marcello (International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy) – Promoting capacity building through cooperation and assistance, the example of the ICGEB
  • Anne-Sophie Lequarré (Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, stability and Peace, European Commission) - The contribution of EU CBRN Centres of Excellence to the COVID-19 response
  • Antoine Flahault (Institute of Global Health, Switzerland) - Strengthening preparedness and response to international biological public health emergencies
Discussion 13h00 Conclusion
  • Daniel Feakes (BTWC Implementation Support Unit, UNODA, Geneva Branch)

Addressing illicit SALW and ammunition in conflict affected areas – The role for peace support operations (virtual)

14 December 2020

The proliferation of illicit weapons, especially small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition, continues to contribute to armed violence, crime and instability especially in conflict affected areas. The destabilizing accumulation, illicit transfer and misuse of conventional weapons and ammunition continue to initiate, sustain and exacerbate armed conflict. In addition, poorly-controlled weaponry and associated […]

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The proliferation of illicit weapons, especially small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition, continues to contribute to armed violence, crime and instability especially in conflict affected areas. The destabilizing accumulation, illicit transfer and misuse of conventional weapons and ammunition continue to initiate, sustain and exacerbate armed conflict. In addition, poorly-controlled weaponry and associated ammunition are impeding sustainable development and negatively impacting humanitarian assistance, often in the world’s most fragile societies. The UN Security Council—the primary organ of the United Nations responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security—remains actively seized of these cross-cutting challenges. It has addressed weapons-related issues across its agenda, from Security Sector Reform to arms embargoes to counter-terrorism and sustaining peace, while also treating these matters in country-specific and regionally-focused contexts. Weapons and ammunition management (WAM) has become an increasingly critical tool of the Security Council in this regard. In recent years, the United Nations has supported national authorities in WAM in places like Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and Mali. The Secretary-General has acknowledged the criticality of weapons and ammunition management to “saving lives”, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings. In his Agenda for Disarmament, Securing Our Common Future, the Secretary-General acknowledges that the loss of arms and ammunition from storage sites, and their onward proliferation, can be a catalyst for armed violence, conflict and insecurity. Against this backdrop, the aim of this ad hoc webinar was to allow for an exchange of views and experiences of EU and UN peace operations in addressing illicit weapons, and to provide recommendations to develop further the arms control aspect in the design and mandate of EU and UN peace support operations.  
Monday, 14 December 2020
15:15 – 15:30 Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
  • Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen, Special Envoy on Disarmament and Non-proliferation and Head of the EEAS Disarmament Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control Division, EU
  • Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UN
  • Mr. Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique/EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium
15:30 – 16:30 Session 1: The Legal and Political Environment Chair: Mr. Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique/EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium Speakers:
  • Ms. Katherine Prizeman, UNODA
  • Mr. Jonah Leff, Conflict Armament Research
  • Mr. Eric Berman, former Director, Small Arms Survey
16:30 – 16:45 Break 16:45 – 18h00 Session 2: The Role of Peace Operations in Information Gathering, Tracing and Investigation Chair: Mr. Ntagahoraho Burihabwa, DPO, UN Speakers:
  • Savannah de Tessieres, UN consultant, former Coordinator of UN Libya Panel of Experts
  • David Lochhead, ex-DPKO MINUSMA, UNMISS and UNMIS; Small Arms Survey
  • ACOS CJ3 - OF5 Dionysios Mantadakis, EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, EU
 
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
15:30 – 16:45 Session 3: The Role of Peace Operations in Supporting Weapons and Ammunition Management Chair: Dr. Sylvain Paile-Calvo, Senior researcher, European Studies Unit, University of Liège Speakers:
  • Alexander Ralf Riebl, UNMAS
  • Nora Allgaier, DPO-ODA, UN
  • Hardy Giezendanner, UNIDIR
  • Lt Col (EL A) Odysseas Loukopoulos, C.2 - Crisis Response Planning and Current Operations, European External Action Service, EU
16:45 – 17:00 Break 17:00 – 18h15 Session 4: Weapons and Ammunition Management Policy and Practices in Peace Operations Chair: Mr. Michal Adamowicz, European External Action Service, EU Speakers:
  • Mr. Emile Le Brun, Small Arms Survey
  • Wing Commander Samatha Gomani, DPO-Office of Military Affairs, Policy and Doctrine Division, UN
  • Dr. Jovana Carapic, GICHD's Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT)
  18:15 – 18:30 Concluding Remarks
  • Mr. Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, UN
  • Ms. Alison Weston, Head of Division - Partnerships and Agreements (SECDEFPOL.2), European External Action Service, EU
  • Mr. Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique/EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium

Strengthening Non-proliferation and Disarmament Education in Europe (Part I – virtual)

23 June 2020

On 23 and 24 June 2020, SIPRI, on behalf of the EUNPD Consortium, organised a virtual event on Strengthening Non-proliferation and Disarmament (NPD) Education in Europe. The inperson event originally planned to be held in Brussels will take place at a later date. The 47 participants included, for the first time, university-affiliated members of the […]

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On 23 and 24 June 2020, SIPRI, on behalf of the EUNPD Consortium, organised a virtual event on Strengthening Non-proliferation and Disarmament (NPD) Education in Europe. The inperson event originally planned to be held in Brussels will take place at a later date. The 47 participants included, for the first time, university-affiliated members of the EUNPD Network. The first session provided an overview of education activities by the Consortium, the Network and the United Nations. The second session focused on how to make NPD education relevant and engaging, with contributions from academics who drew on experiences in different disciplines. The third session discussed ways to adjust to current challenges by sharing lessons learned from online teaching as well as other platforms. In this context, PRIF presented the EUNPDC e-Learning tool. Given the sudden shift to online learning following the COVID outbreak, the event provided an extremely valuable forum for sharing good practices, including feedback from students on online teaching. The concluding roundtable session explored ideas to improve NPD education for Consortium and Network members. Suggestions included a gender focus given the continuing imbalance in NPD education; interdisciplinary initiatives; shared classrooms and mutual teaching at each other’s classes; joint summer schools; engagement with other regions; and stronger synergies between students and professionals, inter alia by reinforcing links between Network members involved in education activities and those who are not, as well as officials participating in the various Consortium activities. An overview of NPD education activities by Network members will be the subject of an EUNPD paper to be published after the summer.   [embeddoc url="http://www.nonproliferation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/EUNDPC-ad-hoc-seminar-on-NPD-eduction-agenda-16-June-2020-for-sendout.pdf" download="all" viewer="google"]

Security, Safety, Sustainability: Promoting Good Behaviour in Outer Space

09 December 2019

Security, Safety, Sustainability: Promoting Good Behaviour in Outer Space Objective: Exchange of views and information on national, regional and global initiatives to promote the preservation of safe, secure and sustainable space environment and the peaceful use of outer space on an equitable and mutually acceptable basis, with a view to feed into a voluntary instrument […]

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Security, Safety, Sustainability: Promoting Good Behaviour in Outer Space Objective: Exchange of views and information on national, regional and global initiatives to promote the preservation of safe, secure and sustainable space environment and the peaceful use of outer space on an equitable and mutually acceptable basis, with a view to feed into a voluntary instrument to establish standards of responsible behaviour across the full range of space activities and related challenges.   08:45 – 09:00 Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Carine Claeys, Special Envoy for Space, European External Action Service Xavier Pasco, Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, France   09:00 – 11:00 Session 1: The Legal and Political Environment Chair: Sergio Marchisio, Chairman, European Centre for Space Law Speakers: -              Nathalie Le Cam, policy and legal officer, Space Task Force, European External Action Service -              Andre João Rypl, Chair, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Brazil -              David Kuan-Wei Chen, Executive Director, McGill Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, Canada -              Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, UNIDIR   11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break   11:15 – 13:00 Session 2: National Policies and International Implications Chair: Petr Havlik, Space Policy Officer, Space Task Force, European External Action Service Speakers: -              Xavier Pasco, Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, France -              Mariel Borowitz, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA -              Shang Zhen, Councellor and Legal Advisor, Mission of China to the EU   13:00 – 14:00 Lunch   14:15 – 16:15 Session 3: Knowledge and Monitoring of the Space Environment Chair: Jana Robinson, Space Security Program Director, The Prague Security Studies Institute Speakers: -              Sabine Lecrenier, HoU Space policy, European Commission -              Daniel Oltrogge, Director, Center for Space Standards and Innovation, Analytical Graphics, Inc., USA -              Christine Leurquin, VP, Institutional Relations, SES SA, Belgium -              Jean-François Bureau, Vice-President, Eutelsat, France   16:15 – 16:30 Coffee break   16:30 – 18:30 Session 4: Challenges and Opportunities for International Regulation Chair: Paul Wohrer, Research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, France Speakers: -              Patricia Lewis, Research Director, Chatham House, UK -              Niklas Hedman, Chief, UNOOSA's Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section -              Regina Peldszus, Co-Chair, EU SST Consortium -              Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director, European Space Policy Institute, Austria -              Smita Jha, Senior Partner, Mazars, India   18:30 – 18:40 Concluding Remarks Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, France Georgios Kritikos, Deputy Head of Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Division, European External Action Service

Mine Action Donor Strategies

28 November 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action   On 28 November 2018, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium organized an Ad-Hoc Seminar on Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action, which was held at […]

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Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action

  On 28 November 2018, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium organized an Ad-Hoc Seminar on Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action, which was held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on the margins of the 17th Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine-Ban Convention (the Ottawa Convention). The event brought together nearly 60 participants from States Parties to the Convention, the UN (UNMAS), the EU (EEAS, Commission), and the main NGOs in the field of Mine action. The objective of this Ad-Hoc Seminar was to collect lessons learned, views and inputs regarding Mine action donor strategies, with a view to feed the revision of the EU guidelines for Mine action. The EU is one of the world's top donors. EU's assistance is still led by the "guidelines for Mine action" dating from 2008 and which has to be revised. As a result, seven main donor countries explained their Mine action strategies (the UK, Germany, the USA, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Norway) along with key donors at regional (the EU) and global (the UNMAS) levels. Thanks to Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Colombia, the participants were provided with accurate lessons learned from the ground. Significant messages were sent to donor countries and operators. And exchanges with some of the more relevant operators helped European officials fuel the reflexion about the revision of the EU guidelines.

Agenda

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

19:00 Welcome Dinner  

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

08:15 – 08:45 Registration & Welcome Coffee   08:45 – 09:00 Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Ahmad Helal Atmar, Afghan presidency of the 17th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique   09:00 – 11:00 Presentation of National Mine Action Donor Strategies Chair: Frank Meeussen, Policy officer, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control, SECPOL1, European External Action Service Speakers:
  • Elizabeth McGarva, Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department, Department for International Development United Kingdom
  • Ingrid Schøyen, Humanitarian Affiars, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Oliver Bräuner, Desk Officer, Europe and Humanitarian Mine Action, Federal Foreign Office Germany
  • Steven Costner, Deputy Director, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State USA
  • Koen Höcker, Directorate Stability & Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Alessandro Palmoso, Programme Officer, Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
  • Jun Yamada, First Secretary, Defense Attaché, Delegation of Japan for the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva
  11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break   11:15 – 13:00 Regional and Global Mine Action Strategies Chair: Anne Kemppainen, Deputy Head, EU Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva Speakers:
  • Agnès Marcaillou, Director, UN Mine Action Service
  • Fotini Antonopoulou, Programme Manager in charge of Mine Action, Operations Section III, EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Asa Massleberg, Advisor, Strategic Management, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director, ITF Enhancing Human Security
  13:00 – 15:00 Lunch   15:00 – 16:30 Donor strategies – perspectives from affected Countries Chair: Mohammad Shafiq Yosufi, Director, Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority Speakers:
  • Adriano Gonçalves, Head, Cabinet of International Cooperation and Assistance, Angola
  • Saša Obradović, Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre
  • Miguel Ceballos, High Commisioner for Peace, Colombia
  16:30– 16:45 Coffee break   16:45 – 18:30 Donor Strategies – perspectives from operators Chair: Hector Guerra, Director, International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munition Coalition Speakers:
  • Tim Kreuk, Head, Halo Trust Europe office
  • Josephine Dresner, Country Representative, Mines Advisory Group
  • Emmanuel Sauvage, Director, Armed Violence Reduction Unit, Handicap International
  • Hans Risser, Head of Operations, NPA
  • Steve Priestley, Director, MA Programs, Janus Global operations LLC
  18:30 – 18:40 Concluding Remarks Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique Frank Meeussen, Policy officer, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control, SECPOL1, European External Action Service  

Man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS)

27 November 2018

Man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) On behalf of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) organised an ad-hoc workshop in Brussels on 27 November on the diversion risks of man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS), attended by approximately 55 government officials and non-governmental experts from Europe and elsewhere. Jacek Bylica, European External Action […]

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Man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS)

On behalf of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) organised an ad-hoc workshop in Brussels on 27 November on the diversion risks of man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS), attended by approximately 55 government officials and non-governmental experts from Europe and elsewhere. Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, who had initiated the workshop, noted that MANPADs exemplify the interactive nature of the key threats identified in the European Agenda on Security: in this case, terrorism, organised crime and proliferation. The workshop addressed the level of risk, the level of awareness and the actions needed to alleviate risks. A technical session explained the history, design, components, use, and variations of MANPADS, more than one million of which have been produced in the last 50 years. Over the past decade, about 20,000 have been transferred, often with insufficient transparency. Some of these weapons can be used with little training and they can last for decades in the right climate conditions. Trade and diversion trends were explained, and the export controls that have introduced, including best practices promoted by the OSCE and the authorization system introduced by one company to prevent illicit use of its weapons. Briefings covered the situation in specific regions and conflict zones around the world, including northern Africa, the Levant, South America, eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. While the situation in the Horn of Africa remains fraught, here are serious risks in Venezuela, where the unstable government has procured over 500 MANPADS launchers and dispersed them to 42 military units around the country, and in the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Russian-supported rebels have seized government stockpiles. Elsewhere, government secrecy is as much of a problem as capacity constraints in impeding the tracing of transfers.  

Agenda

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

08:45 – 09:00 Registration 09:00 – 09:15 Introductory remarks Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, EEAS Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS Part I: MANPADS global issues and responses These first two sessions will aim to address the following elements:
  • MANPADS basics:history, design, main components, use, variations
  • MANPADS lifecycle, durability and longevity
  • Expertise and training needed for effective operation.
  • Numbers produced
  • Trade and diversion trends
  • Export controls
  • Technical end-use control features
  • Principles and best practices
09:15 – 10:15 Session I a: Threat assessment, technical introduction, production, control features Speakers:
  • Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
  • Tomasz Brodniewicz, Head of the Precise Ammunition Department, MESKO
10:15 – 11:00 Session I b: Trade, export controls and best practices Speakers:
  • Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher, Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme, SIPRI
  • Robin Mossinkoff, Head FSC Support Section, Conflict Prevention Centre, OSCE
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break Part II: Focus on specific regions and conflict zones In each of the following sessions we will seek, as best possible, to address:
  • Availability and use of MANPADS
  • Perceptions of threat
  • Actions undertaken to address the issue
  • Capacity of local governments and regional institutions to mitigate threat
  • Outside assistance needed
11:30 – 12:15 Session II a: Regional focus –North Africa Speakers:
  • Matt Schroeder, Senior Researcher, Small Arms Survey
  • David Diaz, Chief of Staff, Strategic Capacity Group
12:15 – 13:00 Session II b: Conflict zones – The Levant Speakers:
  • David Diaz, Chief of Staff, Strategic Capacity Group
  • Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher, Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme, SIPRI
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 14:45 Session II c: Regional focus – Southeast Asia Speaker:
  • Shang-Su Wu, Research Fellow, Military Studies Programme, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
14:45 – 15:30 Session II d: Regional focus – South and Central America Speaker:
  • Andrei Serbin Pont, Research Director, La Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break 15:45 – 16:45 Session II e: Regional focus – East Africa Speakers:
  • Dr Nelson Alusala, Research consultant, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
  • Claudio Gramizzi, Head of Regional Operations - West Africa, Conflict Armament Research
16:45– 17:30 Session II f: Regional focus – Eastern Europe (Ukraine) Speaker:
  • Dr Margarita Konaev,Non-Resident Fellow, Modern War Institute at West Point
17:30 – 17:45 Concluding remarks Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, EEAS

Cooperating to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions

16 March 2017

Landmines and cluster munitions’ survivors : A testimony by Khun Wiboonrat Chanchoo (Thailand) « It is a great honour for me to be here today. As all of you are aware, I’m not a cluster munitions survivor, but landmine survivor. For me, there is no difference between cluster munitions and landmine survivors or other remnants […]

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Landmines and cluster munitions’ survivors : A testimony by Khun Wiboonrat Chanchoo (Thailand)

« It is a great honour for me to be here today. As all of you are aware, I’m not a cluster munitions survivor, but landmine survivor. For me, there is no difference between cluster munitions and landmine survivors or other remnants of wars. We are the same. We are victims. I myself became person with disability nearly 20 years ago. That day, I went in to the forest near the Thai-Cambodian border to collect bamboo to bring home. I was not aware that there were landmines hidden in that area. All I well recalled was that all of a sudden there was loud noise and my body was catapulted into the air. When I looked at my left leg, I saw it was shattered with dangling fractured bones. I screamed to warn others not to come near while I crawled myself to safety. Though I did not lose my life, but life has changed dramatically after that. My husband by that time could not deal with it and felt ashamed of my physical condition so he abused me, abandoned me and left our family taking with him all the money and assets we had. But he left the most valuable assets for me, our two daughters. I have been sharing my story, which is of course not a pleasant one, several times. I am aware that sometimes people feel uncomfortable when listening. But I have to continue doing this because I would like people to really know the lives of survivors. It’s not like we received support one time and all have been done so that case can be closed. Not only survivors receive affect, but also our family members. There are too many people with disabilities who still have difficulties in their lives. Some of them are in worse conditions. They still need support. Some of them don’t even have rice on the table. After having accident, I did not give up, I continued working in the paddies and plots, growing rice and vegetables, and raising my two kids on my own. As time went on, I came to realise that a person with disability not only can live a normal life with the proper care and support from those around them; but they can also contribute meaningfully towards others. I decided to join a local support group for people with disabilities. It is a platform where we can work together to help improve our living conditions. Our self-help group started from small group of landmine survivors and people with disabilities in my village. The group expanded to neighbouring villages, and finally become a sub-district group. This group then connects with other survivors’ groups in other districts and provinces. My self-help group now comprises over 100 landmine survivors. Most recently, I have expanded the scope of my activities to include persons with various disabilities, orphans, children with HIV infected parents, and the abandoned elderly. Activities of our self-help groups in the past and at present include mushroom planting, micro-credit loan among group members, promotion of income generating activities, setting up a local network to deliver assistance is a much more efficient and sustainable approach in providing assistance, and more. Some activities become successful for example mushroom planting, but some are not successful including raising animals. After 20 years of being a person with disability, believe it or not, the needs of survivors I have been observing remain the same, which are very basic needs. Survivors need prostheses. Survivors need financial support and micro-credit. Survivors need to accessibility and modification of accommodation and public facilities for appropriate use by persons with disabilities. Survivors need to know about their rights. I would like to thank the Governments of Thailand for a lot of good work happening. My voices are louder. I would like also to thank other Governments including Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, and more for lots of good work happening in my survivors’ friends’ countries. We all know that government support and understanding for victims is vital to ensuring our full and equal participation in the society. I wish the international community continue working together to ensure that no one will have to suffer from this indiscriminate weapon ever again. I wish Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam acceding to the CCM very soon. We need protection of the rights of victims in an all-inclusive and sustainable manner. Aside from Government of Thailand, I would like to thank International Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munitions Coalition, Handicap International, Jesuit Refugee Services, COERR and Norwegian People’s Aid for supporting me all along. » Khun Wiboonrat Chanchoo, International Campaign to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition, Thailand, 17 March 2017

The closed seminar on “Cooperating to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions: the country coalition concept” was held in conjunction with the Permanent Representation of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament. It was funded by the European Union and jointly organised by the European External Action Service through the EU Non-proliferation Consortium, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

It took place on the premises of the UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, on March 16 and 17, 2017. The participants included both government officials, International organizations representatives and non-governmental experts from the South-East Asia region, the EU member states and beyond. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss future developments impacting the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It focused on the concept of establishing “country coalitions” (i.e. with a country specific focus) as a means to enhance international cooperation and thus support the implementation of the Convention in South-East Asia. A coordinated approach concerning destruction and clearance (including mapping and securing of contaminated areas) of cluster munitions and assisting victims, involving donor states and operators will support States Parties to fulfil their commitments under the Convention. Lastly, a country specific approach is required to help ensure progress in implementation of the CCM. Against this backdrop the concept of establishing “country coalitions” as a means to enhance international cooperation and thus promote the CCM seems to have considerable potential. The South-East Asia region is the location of the heaviest cluster munition contamination globally. It includes both States Parties and Non-States Parties to the CCM, including countries who are addressing contamination, stockpile destruction, etc. Within the region, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia are all dealing with very high levels of contamination. Lao PDR has the highest levels of contamination. The seminar consisted of five sessions: Session 1 offered to all the countries of the region the opportunity to share their perception of the issue (risks and threats, entry into force and implementation of the CCM, etc.). Session 2 focused on cooperation and assistance by introducing the country coalition concept, discussing and refining this approach. The relevant actors for such a coalition would include representatives of: the affected country, donor states, international organizations, operators on the ground and other relevant experts, such as the GICHD. Session 3 addressed the issue of the cooperation and assistance by introducing the country coalition concept. Session 4 and 5 explored the practical implications of the country coalition concept on the challenge of article 4 obligations and on victim assistance.

Agenda

Thursday 16 March 2017

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Introduction – Setting the scene
Michael Biontino (Germany) Frank Meeussen (EEAS/EU) Benjamin Hautecouverture (France/EUNPC)
09:15 – 11:15 Session 1: Challenges of Cluster Munition Remnants contamination in the region
Chair & Introduction: Megan Burke (CMC) Cambodia Lao PDR Malaysia The Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45 Session 2: Introducing the country coalition concept
Chair: Benjamin Hautecouverture (France/EUNPC) Speaker 1 Michael Biontino (Germany) Speaker 2 Megan Burke (CMC)
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Session 3: Cooperation and assistance - The connection between affected countries and donor countries – Best practices in coordination/cooperation
Chair: Frank Meeussen (EEAS/EU) Speaker 1 Genevieve Clune (Australia) Speaker 2 Khampheng Douangthongla (Lao PDR) Speaker 3 Vidya Abhayagunawardena (Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines)
18:30 – 21:00 Reception, German residence

Friday 17 March 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Session 4: Practical implications 1 - Victim assistance
Chair: Aksel Steen-Nilsen (NPA Programme Director, Cambodia) Speaker 1 JJuan Carlos Ruan (Ottawa ISU) Speaker 2 Sheila Mweemba (CCM-ISU) Speaker 3 Benoit Couturier (Handicap International Lao PDR)
10:00 – 11:00 Session 5: Practical implications 2 – Clearance
Chair: Maarten Broekhof (The Netherlands) Speaker 1 Maarten Broekhof (The Netherlands) Speaker 2 Touch Pheap (Cambodia) Speaker 3 Bounpheng Sisawath (Lao PDR)
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Wrap up and recommendations
Sandra de Waele (EU) Balasubramaniam Murali (UNDP – Lao PDR) Stefano Toscano (GICHD) Benjamin Hautecouverture (France/EUNPC)
12:30 – 13:30 Farewell lunch

Developments in SALW Technology and Design: Implications for Countering Diversion

07 March 2017

The EU Non-proliferation Consortium organised a one-day expert seminar on “Developments in SALW-technology: implications for countering diversion”, on 7 March 2017 in Brussels. Preventing diversion of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a key priority for the international community in preventing violent conflicts and gun enabled crimes. The seminar included presentations and discussions on […]

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The EU Non-proliferation Consortium organised a one-day expert seminar on “Developments in SALW-technology: implications for countering diversion”, on 7 March 2017 in Brussels.

Preventing diversion of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a key priority for the international community in preventing violent conflicts and gun enabled crimes. The seminar included presentations and discussions on ‘Risks of diversion’, ‘Marking and tracing’, ‘Stockpile management’ and ‘End-use controls’. It built upon the outcomes of the 2015 Meeting of Governmental Experts on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on SALW. The discussions will feed into the review of the EU SALW Strategy as well as preparations for the 2018 Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on SALW. The seminar brought together 40 participants from European industry, EU and EU member state officials, regional and international organizations, and research institutes.

Agenda

09:00–09:15 Welcome and introduction to the seminar
Pawel Herczynski, Director Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the Dual-use and Arms Trade Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
09:15–10:30 Session 1 — Diversion: causes, consequences and risk mitigation
Chair: Frank Meeussen, Alternate Chair of COARM Council Working Party, European External Action Service Speaker: Savannah de Tessières, Senior Consultant, Small Arms Survey and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations Speaker: Tarmo Dix, Desk Officer Conventional Arms Control, German Federal Foreign Office Speaker: N. R. Jenzen-Jones, Director, Armament Research Services This session will explore the legal and normative standards to prevent diversion; recent cases of diversion following exports of SALW from Europe; and means to counter diversion, including the opportunities and challenges generated by emerging SALW technologies and designs. Key questions that will be addressed
  • What were some of the most notable cases of SALW diversion in the past five years?
  • What were the main causes and consequences of these cases?
  • What legal and normative standards are in place to prevent SALW diversion?
  • What are the key gaps and weaknesses in these standards and their implementation?
  • What role have new technologies and designs played in recent cases of SALW diversion?
  • What role can new methods for marking, tagging and enabling/disabling SALW play in preventing cases of diversion?
10:45–12:00 Session 2 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for marking and tracing
Chair: Lina Grip, Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Speaker: Dr. Giacomo Persi Paoli, Research Leader, RAND Europe Speaker: Thierry Jacobs, Strategic Projects and Relations Executive, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal Speaker: Dr. Gernot Schrems, Laser Expert, Trotec Laser GmbH This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for marking and tracing SALW and related ammunition; the challenges and opportunities posed by developments in modular design, polymer materials and additive manufacturing and how they can be met; and options for states to promote the use of new marking techniques. Key questions that will be addressed
  • What systems are in place for establishing harmonized standards for the marking and tracing of SALW?
  • What are the key gaps in these systems, and what challenges do they face?
  • What are the particular challenges posed by modular design, polymer materials and additive manufacturing for marking and tracing SALW?
  • What systems are companies developing for overcoming these challenges?
  • What are the particular challenges involved in developing effective systems for marking and tracing SALW ammunition?
  • What systems are companies developing for overcoming these challenges?
13:15–14:30 Session 3 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for stockpile management
Chair: Pilar Reina, Independent consultant Speaker: Alain Lapon, Chief Technical Officer, South Eastern and Eastern European Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Speaker: Diman Dimov, Project Support Office, Conflict Prevention Centre, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Speaker: Robert Kondor, Regional Sales Director, Dynamit Nobel Defence This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for tagging and tracking SALW shipments and stockpiles to facilitate secure stockpile management; the role these systems can play in preventing SALW diversion; and options for states to promote the use of these technologies. Key questions that will be addressed
  • What systems are in place for establishing improved standards in SALW physical security and stockpile management?
  • What are the key gaps in these systems and what are the implementation challenges do states and other stakeholders face?
  • What are the key lessons-learned from recent efforts to improve SALW physical security and stockpile management in Europe and elsewhere?
  • What role can different types of technologies play in improving SALW physical security and stockpile management?
  • What new systems are companies developing for helping to tag and track SALW?
  • What role can these systems play in helping to improve SALW physical security and stockpile management standards and prevent cases of diversion?
14:30–15:45 Session 4 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for end-use controls
Chair: Elvan Isikozlu, Researcher, Bonn International Center for Conversion Speaker: Matt Schroeder, Senior Researcher, Small Arms Survey Speaker: Dr. Georg Jahnen, Head of Development, Armatix This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for enabling and/or disabling SALW; other technologies that can help to prevent the post shipment diversion of SALW; and options for states to promote the use of these technologies. Key questions that will be addressed
  • Where have technologies for enabling and/or disabling SALW been used to help prevent or respond to cases of diversion?
  • What potential is there for the wider use of these systems?
  • What are the economic, functional and political barriers?
  • What systems have companies developed for ensuring that SALW can only be operated by authorized end-users?
  • What are some of the potential applications of these systems?
15:45–16:00 Summary of the day’s discussions and links with EU and UN-level processes
Frank Meeussen, alternate chair of COARM Council Working Party, European External Action Service Dr. Ali Arbia, Project Manager, Small Arms Survey

EU – Republic of Korea Non-Proliferation Seminar on the nuclear and ballistic dimensions of the DPRK crisis

24 October 2016

The European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea co-sponsored a seminar on the nuclear and ballistic missile dimensions of the DPRK crisis, which took place in Seoul on 24-25 October 2016. The seminar was co-hosted by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC), the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security […]

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The European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea co-sponsored a seminar on the nuclear and ballistic missile dimensions of the DPRK crisis, which took place in Seoul on 24-25 October 2016. The seminar was co-hosted by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC), the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) and the Korea Nuclear Policy Society (KNPS).

The seminar brought together some 60 participants from governments and think-tanks in Europe, North-East Asia and the United States. Participants shared their assessment of the DPRK nuclear and ballistic programmes, reiterating their grave concern about the threat that this programme constitutes to regional and international stability. Participants also shared their views on how the international community, including the EU, should best respond to the persistent violation by the DPRK of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions. They discussed in particular the effectiveness of a diplomatic response, including sanctions, as well as counter-proliferation solutions and options. Participants agreed that the seminar had provided a very useful opportunity for sharing views and assessments. They expressed the hope that the dialogue and exchange on this issue would continue, including in the framework of the bilateral relations between the EU and the Republic of Korea.

Agenda

Monday 24 October 2016

Welcome and introduction
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction to the meeting
SHIN Dong-ik, President, IFANS, ROK Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil, Head of EU Delegation in the Republic of Korea, EU Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), France
09:45 - 11:50 Session 1: The DPRK nuclear and ballistic programmes: what assessment?
12:30 - 13:00 Keynote speech
Session 2: The international community’s response: approaches and effectiveness
13:00 - 14:30 The diplomatic answer (including the sanctions)
14:50 - 16:20 The counter-proliferation solutions and options
Session 3: What more can be done or how different?
16:40 - 18:40 Leverage and new room for action

Thursday 25 October 2016

Session 4: Summary and Recommendations
09:00 - 11:00 A specific role for the EU?
11:20- 12:20 Wrap-up and Recommendations
Closing of the meeting
12:20 - 12:35 SHIN Dong-ik, President, IFANS, ROK Bruno Hanses, Senior Expert Disarmament, non-proliferation and arms export control, European External Action Service, EU Benjamin Hautecouverture, FRS, France

Preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference

08 April 2015

International seminar © FRS Hosted by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by the European Union Co-organized by The Algerian Institut Diplomatique et des Relations Internationales and the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium/Fondation pour la recherche stratégique Sheraton Hotel, Algiers, 8-9 April 2015 An international seminar on “Preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference,” (RevCon) […]

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International seminar

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An international seminar on “Preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference,” (RevCon) co-organized by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC - Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, Paris, France), was held at the Sheraton hotel, near Algiers (Algeria), on 8 and 9 April 2015. The event was supported by the EU.

About 50 people attended the seminar: over 20 countries were represented, many at the ambassadorial levels. The ONUDA and the IAEA were represented. The president of the 2015 Revcon was present, along with the chairs of the three main committees of the Revcon. Five experts from the EUNPC and one nongovernmental expert from the Middle East gave presentations and/or moderated sessions. It was recognized that the 2015 NPT RevCon would be difficult because of inadequate implementation of the 2010 action plan. Yet the interim deal between Iran and the E3+3/EU (the Lausanne agreement) was perceived as an opportunity to create a positive atmosphere because it strengthens the NPT and shows that nonproliferation tools work. The cornerstone of the EU non-proliferation strategy (“effective multilateralism”) was recalled and its approach to the 2015 Revcon was detailed. Most of the challenges facing the RevCon were developed during session I (“Challenges and opportunities for the 2015 NPT Review Conference”). Session II (“Achieving progress on nuclear disarmament, including new approaches”) was marked by constructive propositions. It was stated that peaceful uses of nuclear energy (Session III) are crucial for social and economic development. Contribution of the Nuclear Weapon Free Zones to Non-Proliferation and Disarmament was detailed in Session IV. The success of the Nuclear Free Zones (NFZ) as a cross-cutting tool and issue for the NPT regime was recognized by the participants. Lastly, session V dealt with various aspects concerning the reinforcement of the NPT Review Process: institutional, procedural, substantive.

Agenda

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

9h00 - 9h45 Opening Session
Statement by Representative of Algeria Statement by Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy EEAS, EU Statement by Representative of UN Office of Disarmament Affairs
9h45 - 10h00 Coffee break
10h00-11h30 Session I - Challenges and opportunities for the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Moderator: Representative of Algeria Panel: Representative of UK Mr. Ayman Khalil, Director, ACSIS, Jordan Representative of Algeria
11h30 - 11h45 Coffee break
11h45 - 13h00 Session II – Nuclear disarmament
Moderator: Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow, FRS, France Panel: Representative of Algeria Representative of Japan Ambassador Enrique-Roman Moray, President of Main Committee I Mr. Mark Fitzpatrick, IISS, EUNPC
13h00 - 14h30 Lunch
14h30 - 16h00 Session III - Peaceful uses of nuclear energy
Moderator: Mr. Benjamín Hautecouverture, Senior Research Fellow, FRS, France Panel: Representative of Iran Ambassador David Stuart, President of Main Committee III Representative of the IAEA Mr. Vitaly Fedchenko, SIPRI, Sweden
16h00 - 16h15 Coffee break
16h15 - 18h15 Session IV - Contribution of the Nuclear Weapon Free Zones to Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Moderator: Representative of Egypt Panel: Representative of South Africa Representative of Mexico Ambassador Cristian Istrate, President of Main Committee II Representative of Finland
18h30 Welcome reception

Thursday, April 9th 2015

10h00 - 11h30 Session V: Strengthening the NPT Review Process
Moderator: Representative of Algeria Panel: Representative of Cuba Representative of UN Office of Disarmament Affairs Mr. Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior Research Fellow, FRS, France
11h30-12h00 Closing session
Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy EEAS, EU Ambassador Taous Feroukhi of Algeria, the President-designate of the 2015 NPT Review Conference Mr. Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, IISS Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme / Vice-Chairman, EUNPC

European Forum Alpbach, Austria – “Nuclear Futures?”

23 August 2014

EU-organised retreat assesses future of nuclear power and related non-proliferation issues. At an EU retreat in Alpbach, Austria on 23-25 August, three dozen experts from academia, industry and international organisations assessed future developments impacting the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Held in conjunction with the European Forum Alpbach, the seminar on ‘Nuclear Futures?’ concluded that […]

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EU-organised retreat assesses future of nuclear power and related non-proliferation issues.

At an EU retreat in Alpbach, Austria on 23-25 August, three dozen experts from academia, industry and international organisations assessed future developments impacting the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Held in conjunction with the European Forum Alpbach, the seminar on ‘Nuclear Futures?’ concluded that nuclear power will continue to be a significant part of the global energy panorama, particularly in non-OECD Asia. Nuclear energy can help ensure energy security and meet rising energy demands and greenhouse gas emission targets. While renewable sources will make an increasingly larger contribution, particularly if a way can be found to store solar and wind energy, technological advancements may also help overcome the serious problems associated with nuclear power. Indeed, how to ensure that nuclear power is provided safely, securely and without abetting nuclear-weapons programmes was the dominant theme of the event. Each aspect of the ‘3S’ framework – safeguards, safety and security – was discussed at length, as well as the role of export controls in ensuring the proper use of nuclear-related trade. Following the 2.5-day retreat, several of the participants led a public break-out session at the Alpbach Political Symposium to present an overview of nuclear energy forecasts and the challenges it entails. Three separate units of the European Union joined forces in funding and organising the seminar: the European External Action Service through the EU Non-proliferation Consortium, the Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid Directorate-General (DEVCO) of the European Commission, and the Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC). Administrative arrangements were handled by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) through its DEVCO-funded program on ‘EU-Outreach in Export Control of Dual-Use Items‘.

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EU Consortium Middle East Workshop

18 June 2014

Capacity-building Workshop for mid-level Diplomats in support of the Helsinki Conference on a Middle East WMD Free Zone In 2011 and 2012, the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium organised two international seminars in support of a process aimed at establishing a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDFZ) in the Middle East. The 2011 and 2012 […]

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Capacity-building Workshop for mid-level Diplomats in support of the Helsinki Conference on a Middle East WMD Free Zone

In 2011 and 2012, the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium organised two international seminars in support of a process aimed at establishing a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDFZ) in the Middle East. The 2011 and 2012 seminars proved successful in bringing parties together and exploring key issues. The EU decided to sponsor a related event in 2014 as a practical contribution to the Helsinki Conference. Organised by our Consortium, a capacity-building workshop was held on the 18th and 19th June 2014 in Brussels, bringing together mid-level diplomats from the region for presentations on zones elsewhere and building blocks of multilateral diplomacy, along with a simulation exercise.

Agenda

Report

Interactive briefings

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Enhancing compliance of the BTWC

24 April 2014
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EU Support of the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

28 February 2013

Council Decision 2013/43/CFSP, adopted on the 22nd January 2013, tasks the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium with the organization of two closed seminars bringing together 30 to 40 governmental experts in order to facilitate the successful completion of negotiation of an ATT at the March 2013 UN Conference, on the basis of the draft Treaty text of 26th July […]

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Council Decision 2013/43/CFSP, adopted on the 22nd January 2013, tasks the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium with the organization of two closed seminars bringing together 30 to 40 governmental experts in order to facilitate the successful completion of negotiation of an ATT at the March 2013 UN Conference, on the basis of the draft Treaty text of 26th July 2012, to identify the means of bringing the Treaty swiftly into force, the best practices at both national and regional level, and the facets of international assistance with the Treaty’s implementation. The EU has encouraged the ATT negotiation process since 2006 and two decisions have previously been adopted, in 2009 and 2010, in support of the on-going process.

Seminar 1

Divonne-les-Bains, Geneva Region, 28 February – 1 March 2013

Seminar 2

Geneva, 17 – 18 June 2013

Draft Treaty

The draft of the Arms Trade Treaty, United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, New York, 2-27 July 2012, July 26, 2012

EU Documents

Publications of the Consortium

  • Arms Trade Treaty assistance: identifying a role for the European Union, Mark Bromley and Paul Holtom, Non-Proliferation Discussion Paper, February 2014, 18p.
  • The European Union's Involvement In Negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty, Sara Depauw, Non-Proliferation paper, No.23, December 2012, 16p.

Latest Publications from the Network

  • Arms Trade Treaty: What prospects for 2013 after the failure of negotiations in July 2012?, Virginie Moreau, Note d'analyse, (in French) Group for research and information on peace and security – GRIP, December 3, 2012, 12p.
  • Measuring International Arms Transfers, Paul Holtom, Mark Bromley, Verena Simmel, SIPRI Fact Sheet, December 2012, 8p., Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Arms Trade Treaty: EU priorities before March 2013 negotiations, Cédric Poitevin, Note d'analyse, Group for research and information on peace and security - GRIP, November 28, 2012, 4p.
  • Implementing an Arms Trade Treaty: mapping assistance to strengthen arms transfer controls, Paul Holtom, Mark Bromley, SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security, No. 2012/2 July 2012, 20p., Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Un traité pour réguler les transferts d'armes : défis et opportunités, (in French), M.Finaud, GCSP Web Editorial, 26 June 2012
  • A Treaty to Regulate Arms Transfers: Challenges and Opportunities, M.Finaud, GCSP Web Editorial, 25 June 2012
  • The arms trade treaty. Challenges for 2012 (in French), Virginie Moreau, GRIP Rapport n° 2011/6, 37 pp.
  • Technology transfers and the Arms Trade Treaty - Issues and Perspectives, Bruno Gruselle, Perrine Le Meur, in Recherches & Documents, No 2/2012, March 2012, 28p.
  • Towards the 2012 Arms Trade Treaty Negotiation Conference, Wilton Park Conference, Conference report for WP1136, 6p., November 2011
  • Import Controls and an Arms Trade Treaty, Mark Bromley and Paul Holtom, SIPRI Background Paper, July 2011
  • Implementing an arms trade treaty: Lessons on Reporting and Monitoring from Existing Mechanisms, Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley, SIPRI Policy Paper No. 28, July 2011
  • Transit and Trans-Shipment Controls in an Arms Trade Treaty, Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley , SIPRI Background Paper, July 2011
  • Arms transfers to Zimbabwe: implications for an arms trade treaty, Lukas Jeuck, SIPRI Background Paper, 12 pp., March 2011

EU Consortium Middle East international seminars

06 July 2011

First EU Consortium Middle East Seminar (July 2011) Seminar Background Papers The dynamics of missile proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa by Stéphane Delory Nuclear capabilities in the Middle East by Mark Fitzpatrick Peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Middle East: multilateral approaches by Giorgio Franceschini and Daniel Müller A Zone free […]

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First EU Consortium Middle East Seminar (July 2011)

Seminar Background Papers

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Second EU Consortium Middle East Seminar (November 2012)

Seminar Background Papers

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Seminar Agenda

Monday, 5 November, 2012

09:00 – 10:00 Accreditation, Coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 12:00

Plenary Session I: Parameters and Properties of a Zone free of WMD in the Middle East and Basic Principles for a Regional Security Architecture

10:15 – 11:00 Presentations 11:00 – 12:00 General Discussion
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30

Breakout Sessions I: Confidence Building and Technical Measures in the Area of WMD and Means of Delivery

Nuclear Confidence Building and Technical Measures
14:00 – 14:30 Presentations 14:30 – 15:30 Discussion
Biological and Chemical Confidence Building and Technical Measures
14:00 – 14:30 Presentations 14:30 – 15:30 Discussion
Missiles and Other Means of Delivery
14:00 – 14:30 Presentations 14:30 – 15:30 Discussion
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 17:30

Breakout Sessions II: Confidence Building Measures Improving Regional Peace and Security

Improving the Regional Security Architecture and Other Confidence Building Measures
16:00 – 16:30 Presentations 16:30 – 17:30 Discussion
Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Safety and Security
16:00 – 16:30 Presentations 16:30 – 17:30 Discussion
19:00 Cocktail
20:00 Dinner, Keynote Speech

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session II: Assessing Confidence Building Measures within a Process Leading up to the Establishment of a MEWMDFZ

09:00 – 09:30 Presentations 09:30 – 10:30 General Discussion10:30 – 11:00Coffee11:00 – 12:40

Plenary Session III: Report of the Chairs of the Breakout Sessions - Gauging Common Ground

11:00 – 11:40 Report of the Chairs 11:40 – 12:40 General Discussion12:40 – 13:00Conclusion & Farewell13:00 – 14:00Lunch  

Do You Aspire to Work at an International Organization? Tips and Insights for Young Professionals.

06 September 2021

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) cordially invites you to attend a virtual event for young professionals and students interested in working at and engaging with international  organisations in Vienna, which will be held on Monday, 6 September 2021 from 15:00 to 16:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST) via Zoom. For those unable to access Zoom, the event will […]

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The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) cordially invites you to attend a virtual event for young professionals and students interested in working at and engaging with international  organisations in Vienna, which will be held on Monday, 6 September 2021 from 15:00 to 16:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST) via Zoom. For those unable to access Zoom, the event will also be livestreamed to YouTube. What skills and competencies do international organisations look for in the recruitment process? How can you best prepare yourself for a career as an international civil servant? How does the application process work and how best to prepare for an interview? What pathways exist to internships, training and capacity building programmes and other opportunities? Representatives from three international organisations in Vienna – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Organization (CTBTO), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – will speak to these questions and more during this event. The event will be held as a part of the Young Women and Next Generation Initiative in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, led by the VCDNP and the Istituto Affari Internazionali with the support of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium. Speakers: Mr. Pedro Álvarez Cobacho, Recruitment Officer, IAEA Ms. Maria Chepurina, External Relations Officer, CTBTO Ms. Monika Ivic, Talent Acquisition Assistant, OSCE The discussion will be moderated by Elena K. Sokova, Executive Director of the VCDNP and an International Gender Champion, Vienna Hub. The opinions/views expressed by the speakers in the event do not necessarily reflect the opinions/views of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation or its employees.

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The European Union’s Role in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Its Engagement with Academia and The Younger Generation

29 April 2021

On 29 April 2021, as part of the Young Women and Next Generation Initiative (YWNGI), the VCDNP and the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome, Italy, with the support of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC), organized the second public outreach event focused on the EU and its policies on non-proliferation and disarmament, as well […]

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On 29 April 2021, as part of the Young Women and Next Generation Initiative (YWNGI), the VCDNP and the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome, Italy, with the support of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC), organized the second public outreach event focused on the EU and its policies on non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as its engagement with academia and the younger generation. The panellists included former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice‑President of the European Commission, Rector of the College of Europe, Federica Mogherini, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen, and the EUNPDC Chair, Dr. Sibylle Bauer. IAI’s Executive Vice President Ettore Greco provided welcome remarks and VCDNP’s Executive Director Elena Sokova moderated the session. Over 300 individuals attended the event, including many of the Young Women in Non‑Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme participants and other EUNPDC next generation conference and training course individuals. The high level of interest demonstrates the strong need for these discussions and opportunities to interact.
Ms. Federica Mogherini
Federica Mogherini shared her experience working as the former High Representative, highlighting the role her team played in 2015 in the final months of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiations with Iran. Stressing that negotiations on the JCPOA are again taking place in Vienna, Austria, Rector Mogherini noted the crucial role of the EU in maintaining and monitoring the agreement, despite the US’s withdrawal in 2018. The EU had a unique role to play in the negotiations as it served as the facilitator and the depository for the text of the agreement. The EU also conducted a fair amount of detailed, technical work on the agreement to make sure nothing was left to interpretation, especially regarding sanctions related issues and nuclear commitments. The facilitator role provided the EU with the institutional basis to reach out to the other parties to the JCPOA after the US withdrew, to ensure that the agreement was preserved and monitored. According to Rector Mogherini, the EU has a role to play in non‑proliferation and disarmament, especially given Europe’s history and experience of devastation when arms control fell short, emphasizing that the EU should become champions in solidifying the international community’s reliability in arms control, non‑proliferation and disarmament infrastructures and regimes.
Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen
Supporting arms control architecture and treaties, strengthening multilateral institutions, and supporting third countries in developing their arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament architecture is at the core of the EU’s non-proliferation and disarmament strategy. Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen highlighted that the EU is committed to strengthening the international security environment and recognizes that it cannot tackle global challenges, like those posed by proliferation risks, alone. The EU has multiple institutions focused on non-proliferation and disarmament ranging from the EEAS, which serves as the EU’s diplomatic service, to the EU Commission which manages the EU’s policies on dual-use export controls and the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence, to the Joint Research Centre focused on technical issues related to disarmament verification. Nuclear safeguards in the EU are implemented by EURATOM that also provides valuable expertise on international safeguards development to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and EEAS office. In international fora the EU is active in taking common positions in support of existing treaties, encouraging other States to accede to treaties they are not yet party to, and supporting institutions, like the IAEA and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, that support these treaties. The EU strongly believes in the powers of multilateral diplomacy to resolve problems peacefully and is devoted to ensuring the international system is fit for purpose. To do this, the EU works closely in partnership with other institutions and academia.
Dr. Sibylle Bauer
The European network of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks, was established in 2010 with the full support of all EU Member States to contribute to independent research and education activities in non-proliferation and disarmament. Dr. Sibylle Bauer shared with the audience the make-up of the Network, comprised of over 100 members, and of the Consortium that coordinates its activities . Dr. Bauer also talked about the various activities, of which the YWNGI is included, that the Consortium implements with the support of the EU. Importantly, it was emphasized that the EUNPDC focuses on a wide range of issues in non-proliferation and disarmament, ranging from nuclear, to conventional, to biological, to outer space and emerging technologies. It was also stressed that the EUNPDC is not limited to institutions in EU Member States but also includes members from third countries outside the EU. For more information on the EUNPDC and its activities please consult the nonproliferation.eu website. The prepared remarks were followed by a second round of questions seeking panellists’ advice for young women and the next generation interested in entering the field of arms control, non‑proliferation and disarmament. Rector Mogherini emphasized the importance of leading by example, noting that the EU delegation sometimes was only composed of women whereas their interlocuters were solely comprised of men. She also noted that to really address the imbalances in the field, it is important to start with academia and the curricula they encourage their students to follow. The panellists all agreed on a strong list of seven skills and qualities for both professional and personal growth presented by Dr. Sibylle Bauer:
  1. Clear thinking and solid analysis;
  2. Excellence;
  3. Commitment;
  4. Authenticity;
  5. Integrity;
  6. Empathy, in which active listening and really caring was stressed; and
  7. Creative Problem Solving.
“What also is really important, I think, is to help others not just get a foot in the door but then to help them stay in the field and climb up.” – Sibylle Bauer
Adding to this list, other panellists emphasized the importance of working in teams, indicating that every role in a team is important and no one role should be perceived as any more or less significant.
“You need a mix of people that have different competences and when you put those together you can be much stronger.” – Marjolijn van Deelen
There was resounding agreement that passion and interest in what one is doing is the best guide to navigating one’s career. Also, the panellists encouraged participants to not be afraid to try new things and to be willing to go into depth on topics that may not fall within their educational background, whether it be more policy-oriented or technical.
“I think passion in what you are doing is the only thing that really counts.” – Federica Mogherini
Some highlights from the question-and-answer session include insights into the difficulties in forming a common position in the EU, noting the diversity of the group and the need for fierce, internal debates. Once a common position or statement has been agreed, it serves as an umbrella under which other like-minded countries can align themselves. All speakers stressed that given the divergent views within the EU, when a common position has been adopted, especially on controversial matters, it is a powerful statement that can offer hope to the larger international community and refocus energy on where agreement exists, and action can be taken.

EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Next Generation Follow-Up Meeting

13 April 2021

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently few opportunities for the next generation to meet around the world and think together about the great challenges of our times. With these words, Elena Sokova, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), opened the 2021 EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Next Generation […]

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently few opportunities for the next generation to meet around the world and think together about the great challenges of our times. With these words, Elena Sokova, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), opened the 2021 EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Next Generation Follow-Up Meeting. The event – jointly organized by the VCDNP and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) within the framework of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium – follows the Next Generation Workshop on non-proliferation and disarmament, an initiative held annually that brings together outstanding young scholars, students and professionals to present fresh ideas and solutions to current non-proliferation and disarmament challenges. As stressed by Ettore Greco, Executive Vice President of IAI, it is essential to substantially involve the younger generation on these issues in order to not only identify gaps and barriers in the existing policies, but also to let fresh ideas and new perspectives help to promote innovative forms of cooperation in an era of daunting challenges for multilateralism. Under the same auspices, the Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme was launched during the same week. The meeting was attended by more than 120 participants, including women and girls from all over the world and with the most diverse backgrounds. The event was organised in two tracks. The first track was highly informative, during which two prominent experts addressed respectively biosecurity challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the most current cybersecurity concerns in relation to non-proliferation. The second track of the event was dedicated to networking. Noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many young individuals isolated and detached from ongoing activities and has severely limited academic exchanges and training opportunities, the goal of the second track was to provide a framework for young people to meet, exchange ideas and promote their work.

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The Impact of COVID-19 and other Bio-Security Challenges

The first topic was addressed by Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow at the King’s College London. As pointed by Federica Dall’Arche, Researcher at IAI and moderator of the panel, the topic was particularly timely due to recent discussions on the origin of the virus. In order to reach an assessment of the health and societal impacts caused by COVID-19, Dr. Lentzos walked the participants through an accurate and anguished timeline of the pandemic stressing, in particular, the evolution of the Chinese government’s narrative on the spread of the virus, the role of the World Health Organization and the progressive recognition of the modalities of human-to-human transmission. As the pandemic escalated, however, many questions remain unanswered, according to Dr. Lentzos. The direct impact of the virus on health is still poorly understood and the extent of the indirect and long-term consequences will only fully emerge with time. The enormous socioeconomic effects of the virus, however, are already clear. Dr. Lentzos noted how the virus led to the disappearance of 225 million full-time jobs around the world and has exacerbated long-standing economic, racial and gender divides. Women, in particular, are paying the highest price, comprising 70% of global health and social care personnel. In addition to the consequently increased exposure to risk, women are also victims of what UN Women has called “the shadow pandemic,” i.e. a worrying increase in gender-based violence and domestic violence.
The effects of the pandemic still remain at least partially unknown, and this is even more true for its origin. As essential as it is to reconstruct a clear picture of what happened to reduce the risk of the introduction of new viruses to the human population, we still know little about the time, place and causes that led to the break out of COVID-19. “What should have been a routine science question,” Dr. Lentzos argued, “has instead become extremely politically charged.” In early April 2021, a WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19 released a study listing four different possibilities on the origins of the outbreak of the pandemic. The first hypothesis listed is that the virus jumped from an animal directly to a human; the second, that the virus jumped from an animal to an intermediate host and then to a human; the third hypothesis is that the virus was imported to China via frozen food; the last hypothesis is that it spread because of a lab leak. While, according to the report, the second theory seems to be the most likely, the joint nature of the report raises significant doubts on its mandate and independence. The lack of adequately grounded evidence to favour one hypothesis over another is also a cause of particular concern, according to Dr. Lentzos. Yet, understanding the origin of COVID-19 would be essential to strategise on how to prepare for future pandemics. Dr. Lentzos concluded her remarks noting that biological threats are not limited to the current pandemic. Among other risks, she included: the potential accidents in biosafety laboratories, noting that many laboratories are currently under-monitored and under-regulated; deliberate biothreats caused by a growing technical capacity to modify pathogen and transfer them to the human body; and biological information warfare possibly targeting specific individuals or groups. Remarkably, the effects of biological information warfare are substantially indifferent from those of real, internationally prohibited biological warfare. This makes disarmament efforts particularly difficult.

Cyber Security and Implications for Non-Proliferation

The relevance of cyber security, as reminded by Mara Zarka, Project/Events Manager and Research Associate at the VCDNP and moderator of the second panel, has recently been brought into the spotlight because of the alleged cyberattack to the Natanz nuclear plant in Iran. Although cybersecurity has been on the policymaking eye for over a decade, these events show that the answers we have come up with still remain largely unsatisfactory. According to Dr. Alexi Drew, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Policy Institute at King’s College London, “most of the cyber issues that we see in international security arise out of a lingering series of misperceptions about what cyber security actually is, and who does it.” The actors involved are indeed changing rapidly with drastic consequences within the arms control arena. What was traditionally negotiated between States and within international institutions, is now addressed in far more complex negations because of the growing role of the so-called cyber emerging technologies. As a consequence, continued Dr. Drew, today private industries are the new predominant group of actors shaping the cybersecurity field, with a variable role left to the States. Remarkably, both private actors and States are increasingly aware of the new balance of power and of who can really set the standards. Cutting-edge technology is no longer directed solely by States’ interests, with enormous consequences on international governance dynamics. In fact, according to Dr. Drew, while technology might seem neutral and apolitical, it is the result of ethical and political choices. The kind of decisions now happening are about the importance of privacy in next generation technologies and algorithms, or about how domestic and international standards should be set. And these standards are increasingly set by private actors. Another crucial and often underestimated aspect of cyber security has to do with supply chains that contribute to creating broader attack surfaces, linking private and public digital infrastructures. However, as Dr. Drew explained, not everything that takes place in the cyber space can or should be considered as a form of warfare. In the large majority of cases, it is about cyber espionage, never intended to cause physical damage. This difference is widespread and yet difficult to explain, since it is incidents such as the one that happened at the Natanz nuclear plant – actually intended to cause physical damage – that make the headlines. The consequent general failure in grasping these nuances between espionage and attacks remains one of the main barriers to effective policymaking on cybersecurity. The key of the instability risk that should be addressed by cybersecurity is indeed the possibility of escalation due to lack of knowledge, resulting from a deliberate policy on the side of both States and institutions involved in a cyber event. For instance, NATO members have never defined the standard beyond which a cyber incident can be considered a full-fledged attack, thus expanding the deterrent potential. However, this makes it hard to establish where the line is and represents a critical risk of escalation or “splash effect.” Dr. Drew concluded her remarks noting that cyber capabilities are rapidly proliferating, both in terms of defence and attack capabilities.

Networking session

During this session, participants were divided in groups and provided with ice-breaking questions. The discussion in the different groups covered both the main pressing challenges to non-proliferation and disarmament as well as ways in which the EUNPDC and its members could do to better engage the next generation and young women in the field.

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February 2021 Introductory Course on the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

22 February 2021

From 22 to 26 February 2021, the VCDNP held its first intensive introductory course on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for students of biological and chemical sciences. The course, conducted in an online format, brought together 29 students affiliated with eight European universities as well as universities in Nigeria, the Philippines, and […]

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From 22 to 26 February 2021, the VCDNP held its first intensive introductory course on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for students of biological and chemical sciences. The course, conducted in an online format, brought together 29 students affiliated with eight European universities as well as universities in Nigeria, the Philippines, and Russia. Women made up 59 percent of the participants. The course covered a broad range of topics and was designed to provide an   overview of the basics of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and their proliferation, existing control regimes, and potential impact of new and emerging technologies on WMD threats. Students learned about various elements of the international WMD disarmament and non-proliferation regimes, including the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), as well as strategic trade controls. Course sessions also provided an in-depth look at the advances in life sciences and their implications for chemical and biological weapon threats. The programme included case studies on biosecurity and ethics, nuclear proliferation challenges, and investigation of chemical weapons use and dismantlement of a chemical weapons arsenal. [caption id="attachment_10536" align="aligncenter" width="468"] VCDNP Senior Fellow Angela Kane participating in the session dedicated to a case study on Syria’s chemical weapons program.[/caption] A panel discussion on new and emerging technologies featuring Dr. Filippa Lentzos (King’s College London), Dr. Ulrich Kühn (IFSH), and Dr. James Revill (UNIDIR) allowed for a candid exchange of opinions concerning the threats and opportunities these technologies present for mitigating WMD risks. [caption id="attachment_10537" align="aligncenter" width="1530"] Filippa Lentzos (King’s College London), Ulrich Kühn (IFSH), and Dr. James Revill (UNIDIR) discussion new and emerging technologies and WMD threats.[/caption] Experts and senior officials from international organisations and academic institutions that presented at the course included Dr. Sibylle Bauer (SIPRI), Daniel Feakes (BWC Implementation Support Unit), Dr. Mirko Himmel (University of Hamburg), Dr. Peter Hotchkiss (OPCW), Dr. Ulrich Kühn (IFSH), Dr. Filippa Lentzos (King’s College London), Dr. James Revill (UNIDIR), Dr. Clarissa Rios Rojas (Cambridge University), Shruti Sharma (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India), and Jerry Smith (CHC Global, former OPCW Team Leader). The VCDNP lecturers included Angela Kane, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, and Elena Sokova. Women made up 54 percent of the lecturers. [caption id="attachment_10538" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Dr. Sibylle Bauer and Dr. Mirko Himmel give an overview of Strategic Trade Controls.[/caption] [embeddoc url="https://www.nonproliferation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-Feb-Intro-to-WMD-Course-Programme.pdf" download="all" viewer="google"] At the end of the course, the participants completed a questionnaire, which gave them an opportunity to assess various aspects of the short course and anonymously provide feedback. Overall, the participants rated the course as an excellent contribution to their knowledge and understanding of issues related to WMD proliferation risks. Below are some of the comments provided by participants (quoted as written): It introduced me to the world of non-proliferation and how important it is for our world. It also helped me understand all the mechanism[s] that are necessary to implement the controls and the tough job behind all of this. *** As an undergraduate student, it is very rare that we are taught about the ethical side of what we are doing. Recently there have been some improvements in teaching about sustainability concerns, but this course has been basically the only formal education on security threats that our research may pose. I would say that I have learned a lot on the matter, and that I now have a base and some pointers to continue my education in this topic. *** This course offered me a complete picture of all weapons of mass destruction but also of possible future risks. Amazing speakers and wonderful presentation of all key points. *** Thank you for having this course for students with science background. This course will greatly help us understand that there is more that science can offer in terms of international peace, security and stability. The VCDNP extends its gratitude to the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium for their generous support that made this course possible. The course was funded by the European Union through the EUNPDC pursuant to the EU Council Decision 2018/299.

Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament: Changes in the Field and Career Tracks

10 February 2021

The Initiative encourages young women and the next generation to enter the non‑proliferation, arms control, and disarmament field, especially at a time in which the global pandemic has isolated many young people who may find themselves lacking resources and assistance.

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The fields of arms control, non-proliferation and security have been dominated by men. Though improvements have been made over the last decade, diversity is still lacking in terms of gender, color, and age. This observation is the driving force behind the Young Women and Next Generation Initiative (YWNGI) launched on 10 February 2021 by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome, Italy, in the framework of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium. The Initiative encourages young women and the next generation to enter the non‑proliferation, arms control, and disarmament field, especially at a time in which the global pandemic has isolated many young people who may find themselves lacking resources and assistance. In this spirit, the launch event featured a spectacular panel of speakers from different backgrounds including Angela Kane, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ambassador Kjersti Andersen of Norway, Dr. Kim Baines, a scientist at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Dr. Heather Williams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. IAI’s Researcher Federica Dall’Arche moderated the event and VCDNP Executive Director Elena Sokova offered welcoming remarks. The event attracted over 350 attendees highlighting the appetite to learn more and engage in the field.
L-R: Federica Dall’Arche (IAI), Dr. Kim Baines: (IAEA), Elena Sokova (VCDNP), Dr. Heather Williams (MIT), Ambassador Kjersti Andersen (Norway), Angela Kane (VCDNP).
The speakers addressed how the non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament field has changed over the years and provided insights into their own experiences in the field as well as offered recommendations for the next generation. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the speakers drew on experiences in the UN, government, natural sciences, and academia, emphasizing the diversity of the field itself and highlighting that there are many different pathways to enter the non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament area. In her opening remarks, Angela Kane stressed that to make a difference in the field it is not necessary to have a background specifically on arms control and non-proliferation and encouraged the next generation to think of the field with a wider lens focused on international policy and security. In reflecting on how the field has changed over the years, speakers noted that the representation of women has seen an improvement, with many panellists noting that at the start of their careers it was not rare to be the only women in a room full of men. Despite the improvement, however, Ambassador Andersen highlighted that “once you have gender parity within an organization you need to keep working on it because it is never achieved once and for all.” Dr. Baines also personally expressed excitement on “the paradigm shift that has been occurring over the last five years to be inclusive of women in technical and political disciplines.” This shift is also supported by the IAEA’s newly established Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme. Panellists also offered insights and recommendations to early- to mid-career individuals. There was consensus among the panellists on the need to accept challenges, to reach out to colleagues and other experts, to build a network, and follow one’s passion. Caution was expressed in terms of networking though, noting that one needs to be conscientious of others time, and though many in the field are happy to help, such networking effort must be done with a purpose or question in mind. In this regard Dr. Heather Williams stressed the importance of being someone that other people want to work and network with, as the arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament field is a community and most people know each other and collaborate with one another. Many participants were keen to learn of opportunities and recommendations for what they could actively be doing during the pandemic and beyond, especially as the implications of COVID-19 on the job market remain to be seen. Panellists provided plenty of ideas, including the importance of writing and publishing as it shows willingness to take intellectual risks. Speakers also stressed the need to invest in one’s skills, such as presentation skills, languages and intellectual curiosity in other fields of study. One way to expand one’s knowledge is through courses, traineeships, internships and mentorships, such as those offered by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), King’s College London, Women in Nuclear, country embassies and permanent missions, and international organisations. The event ended with an anecdote shared by Angela Kane emphasizing the importance of women needing to support one another in a still largely male dominated field. One way to do this is by promoting and establishing an advocacy network or group of like-minded individuals to make a statement that could lead to change. More events like this one will be organized and the VCDNP and IAI look forward to connecting and making use of the virtual format with which we are now familiar. To learn more about VCDNP and IAI’s initiative and mentorship programme or email mzarka@middlebury.edu or f.dallarche@iai.it.

Short Course on The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: History, Threats and Solutions

19 February 2020

On 19-21 February 2020, the VCDNP held the first course on nuclear non-proliferation for graduate and post-graduate students in the fields of IT and engineering, titled “The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: History, Threats and Solutions”. The course represented a joint project between the VCDNP and the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC), of which the VCDNP is […]

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On 19-21 February 2020, the VCDNP held the first course on nuclear non-proliferation for graduate and post-graduate students in the fields of IT and engineering, titled “The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: History, Threats and Solutions”. The course represented a joint project between the VCDNP and the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC), of which the VCDNP is one of six leading non-governmental organizations. The course brought together 26 participants from nine European universities in nine countries. [caption id="attachment_10381" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Course instructors Alexi Drew (King’s College London), Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (VCDNP), Sibylle Bauer (SIPRI), Elena Sokova (VCDNP) and Jean-Maurice Crete (IAEA, retired) during the course’s final session on “Nuclear Proliferation, New Technologies, and the Shape of the Future[/caption] The three-day course was designed to provide an introduction to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues to students of technical subjects. The program covered a broad range of topics, from the fundamentals of the nuclear fuel cycle and the history of the spread of nuclear weapons, to export controls and the challenges and opportunities presented by advanced and emerging technologies. The students learned about different elements of the international non-proliferation regime, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its safeguards, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the verification system it establishes. Course participants also received an overview of how open source information and tools, including satellite imagery and image analysis software, can be used to monitor nuclear and missile programs such as that of North Korea. The lecturers at the course included experts from the VCDNP, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, IAEA, CTBTO, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, King’s College London and Austrian Red Cross. [caption id="attachment_10382" align="aligncenter" width="619"] Course instructors Alexi Drew (King’s College London), Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (VCDNP), Sibylle Bauer (SIPRI), Elena Sokova (VCDNP) and Jean-Maurice Crete (IAEA, retired) during the course’s final session on “Nuclear Proliferation, New Technologies, and the Shape of the Future[/caption]

UN Fellowships on Disarmament

12 September 2019

  Credit: UN / Kim Haughton This project includes an annual 2- to 3-day Brussels study visit for the UN Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament, including a seminar with speakers from the Union institutions and experts from the Consortium network, and a field trip to relevant locations. The visit is scheduled to fit into the […]

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  [caption id="attachment_7755" align="alignnone" width="5605"] Credit: UN / Kim Haughton[/caption] This project includes an annual 2- to 3-day Brussels study visit for the UN Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament, including a seminar with speakers from the Union institutions and experts from the Consortium network, and a field trip to relevant locations. The visit is scheduled to fit into the European component of the fellowship programme. The UN Disarmament Fellows spend around 10 weeks travelling to meet relevant organisations in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament including in Geneva, Vienna, New York, China, South Korea and Japan. However, the Disarmament Fellows’ programme, which has now trained more than 1000 non-proliferation and disarmament practitioners, had not previously visited the European Union (EU) institutions in Brussels. As mandated by Council Decision (CDSP) 2018/299, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) has been charged with organizing a three-day programme for the Fellows in Brussels to introduce them to the policies and functioning of the European Union. The first visit to Brussels took place from 15 to 18 September 2018 and included lectures by the European External Action Service, the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development sector, a representative from the current Presidency of the European Council (Austria), EU Consortium network members and NATO. The program also featured visits to the House of European History and the European Parliament. For more information about this activity please contact VCDNP’s Office and Events Manager Mara Zarka, mzarka@vcdnp.orgmzarka@miis.edu.

The UN Disarmament Fellows’ Visit to Brussels

On 12-13 September 2019, the VCDNP organized for the second time a visit to the seat of the European policy organs in Brussels, Belgium, for the participants of the United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament. During the UN Disarmament Fellowship program, the participants spend about 10 weeks traveling to the centers of international disarmament and non-proliferation affairs, including Geneva, Vienna, The Hague, and New York, to learn more about the work of the international organizations and to gain a better understanding of disarmament and international security issues. The Fellows also visit a number of states, such as Kazakhstan, Japan, and Brazil, upon the invitation of those governments. [caption id="attachment_8426" align="alignnone" width="3988"] The 2019 UN Disarmament Fellows in the European Parliament.[/caption] Prior to Council Decision (CDSP) 2018/299, the Fellows had not visited the European Union institutions in Brussels. As a member of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPD Consortium) the VCDNP organises the Brussels visit as mandated by Council Decision (CDSP) 2018/299, in order to introduce the Fellows to the policies and functioning of the European Union (EU). On 12 September, the Fellows started their visit with a tour of the European Parliament, where they got acquainted with the structure and functions of EU’s main institutions and policy-making bodies. Later, at the Flemish Peace Institute, experts from the EUNPD Consortium and Network organizations gave thematic presentations and discussed with the Fellows issues related to export control regimes and EU policies, drivers of disarmament diplomacy, and the future of the non-proliferation regime. [caption id="attachment_8427" align="alignright" width="400"] Mr. Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament[/caption] EUNPD Consortium Chair Dr. Sybille Bauer also provided an overview of the Consortium history, structure, goals, and activities. Director of the NATO Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre William Alberque briefed the Fellows on the structure and functions of NATO, the Organization’s activities in arms control and non-proliferation, and cooperation with the EU in these areas. On 13 September, the Disarmament Fellows visited the European External Action Service (EEAS) to learn about the work of European Union’s diplomatic service in various international security areas. Mr. Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, welcomed the Fellows and provided an overview of the EEAS’ history and role in helping implement the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy with regard to arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation matters. Following Ambassador Bylica’s remarks, EEAS, European Council, the Council of the EU, and European Commission experts from different committees and offices discussed with the Fellows a broad range of issues, including the EU’s work on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the EU Joint Research Centre, conventional weapons controls, space policy, and new challenges in cybersecurity. The Fellows also were given the opportunity to visit the Europa Building, the main seat of the European Council and the Council of the EU. During the discussions in Brussels, the Disarmament Fellows asked astute questions and engaged actively in the substantive material presented by all the speakers. The VCDNP would like to extend its gratitude to the Flemish Peace Institute and EEAS for their generous support and cooperation in organizing this visit. [caption id="attachment_8428" align="alignnone" width="3256"] The 2019 UN Disarmament Fellows in the European Council room of the Europa Building.[/caption]

Consortium Launches eLearning Course on Non-proliferation, Disarmament and EU Policies

04 October 2013

The eLearning course “EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament” covers all relevant aspects of the EU non-proliferation and disarmament agenda. It aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge resource for practitioners and scholars interested in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, and EU policies in these fields. The course was designed, developed and launched by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium and funded […]

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The eLearning course “EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament” covers all relevant aspects of the EU non-proliferation and disarmament agenda.

It aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge resource for practitioners and scholars interested in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, and EU policies in these fields. The course was designed, developed and launched by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium and funded through the EU Council Decision CD 2014/129/CFSP of 10 March 2014. The course consists of 15 Learning Units covering both non-conventional and conventional weapons, and has an optional certificate section. 24 authors from 12 European countries and the EU contributed to the course, which represents an open educational resource for all interested users world-wide.

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EU Non-Proliferation and disarmament Internships

04 October 2013

The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium will support 36 Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Internships in European think tanks between 2018 and 2021 (see COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2018/299 of 26 February 2018). The duration of each internship shall be 3 month (13 weeks). All members of the European network of independent non-proliferation think-tanks are eligible as host institutes for […]

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The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium will support 36 Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Internships in European think tanks between 2018 and 2021 (see COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2018/299 of 26 February 2018).

The duration of each internship shall be 3 month (13 weeks). All members of the European network of independent non-proliferation think-tanks are eligible as host institutes for an EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament internship. For each internship the host institute will be granted 3,000 €. Interns – as a rule – are expected to cover their living and traveling costs by themselves. The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium can provide limited subsidies (500 € / month) for a limited number of students for the duration of the internship. Host institutes for an EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Internship must meet the following requirements:
  • Membership in the European network of independent non-proliferation think-tanks
  • Availability of office space / working place for intern
  • At least one expert specialized in non-proliferation or disarmament affairs and corresponding EU policies
  • At least one expert must have teaching / tutoring experience and serve as the general supervisor
For further details, please contact  Sophia Wenzel from the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) Please note that this call is not directed to students, but to research institutes and think tanks only

Next Generation papers

At the end of their traineeship, the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium interns are invited to publish relevant papers they have had the opportunity to write during their internship. These articles being published on this website are under their sole responsibility. For further details, please contact Benjamin Hautecouverture from the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS): b.hautecouverture@frstrategie.org
 

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