On February 2, 2018, the Pentagon released the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), stating that it rests “on a bedrock truth: nuclear weapons have and will continue to play a critical role in deterring nuclear attack and in preventing large-scale conventional warfare between nuclear-armed states for the foreseeable future.” The global landscape is already filled with simmering nuclear tensions, as well as other serious issues of conflict. Stressing the role of nuclear weapons is not merely unhelpful but is likely to increase these tensions.
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)
You are most welcome to attend this seminar. Please register before 19 April via email@example.com.
With kind regards,
Sico van der Meer
Netherlands Institute of International
P.O. Box 93080
2509 AB The Hague
Pugwash convened a meeting on “Peace and Security in Afghanistan” on 23-24 January 2016, in Doha, Qatar. Approximately 55 participants from a wide range of backgrounds gathered to discuss the shared goal of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The meeting was a non-official (“academic”) exploration of current issues and not an official negotiation.
Read the full report of the meeting here.