Uncertainty and Disputed Values: The Role of Non-State Actors in Global Nuclear Security

On 20 March 2014, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), with support of Pugwash Nederlands, will convene a roundtable of experts to explore issues related to the governance of nuclear security. This event will take place under the Nuclear Knowledge Summit (NKS) event series, an official side event to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).

Participants will address the influence of non-traditional stakeholders (civil society groups, scientists, industry experts, etc.) on decision making through the mobilization of particular perspectives on nuclear security.

In particular, the roundtable will explore the uncertainties that influence nuclear governance through the facts and values that are brought into the policy debate. For example, how does a lack of appropriate knowledge influence campaigning and lobbying? How do the nuclear industry and civil society communicate their own uncertainties? How are uncertainties reflected in policy decisions?

By identifying and addressing such questions, the Institute aims to advance ideas and policy recommendations to improve public campaigns and encourage more effective Track II diplomacy efforts. Our hope is to reach a mutual understanding of how best to develop evidence and elaborate collective priorities, with a view to improving public decision making and strengthening legitimacy.

The objective is to come up with recommendations relevant for all stakeholders in science, civil society, nuclear industry and government. The recommendations of this roundtable will be presented in a public event, followed by a policy brief that The Hague Institute will publish as a contribution to the policy debate on nuclear security.

For more information about this event, please visit:  www.knowledgesummit.org

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