Invitation: seminar on the Non-Proliferation Treaty, 24 April 2017

From 2 to 12 May 2017 the Netherlands will chair the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This will not be an easy task, considering the failure to reach consensus among the NPT member states during the 2015 Review Conference. Moreover, polarisation among the NPT member states may be even more increased by the current nuclear weapons developments in the United States, Russia and North Korea and the Nuclear Ban Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in which the nuclear weapons states do not participate. What are the perspectives for nuclear arms control in these circumstances, and for the 2017 PrepCom in particular? These issues will be discussed during the seminar “Challenges in Nuclear Arms Control: The Non-Proliferation Treaty at Risk?”.

Date: Monday 24 April 2017
Venue: Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, The Hague

(10 minute walk from Central Station).


15:00 Introduction: Concise overview of actual challenges in nuclear arms control (Sico van der Meer, Clingendael Institute)

15:15 Keynote: The great unravelling of diplomatic accomplishments to reduce nuclear dangers (Michael Krepon, Stimson Center)

16:00 How to reach the NPT goals of disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses (Susi Snyder, PAX)

16:15 Chairing the NPT Prepcom 2017: Dutch aims and expectations (Marjolijn van Deelen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

16:30 Discussion

17:15 Drinks

18:00 End


You are most welcome to attend this seminar. Please register before 19 April via

With kind regards,
Sico van der Meer

Research Fellow
Netherlands Institute of International
Relations ‘Clingendael’
P.O. Box 93080
2509 AB The Hague

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