We are delighted to announce the virtual launch event of the Emerging Voices Network’s (EVN) new Policy Cycle themed ‘De-siloing Existential Threats: challenging identity, power, and inclusivity in the nuclear policy field‘. Led by some of our working group chairs, this event will introduce you to the work of the EVN over the next 6 months.
When? Tuesday, 17 January 2023, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT/ UK time
Where? Online. Please RSVP via Zoom.
The Emerging Voices Network is a digital, global network of high-potential, early career researchers on nuclear weapons and nuclear policy issues. Many current early-career researchers within the nuclear field face obstacles of disconnect, and inaccessibility, limiting their ability to build lasting working relationships in the field, and in engaging with relevant policy making. The EVN aims to mitigate this gap and to facilitate a community of young people actively contributing to nuclear policy and international security’s most pressing issues. Since 2020, we now have a 160-member strong network, who have participated in a wealth of events, publications, networking and targeted outreach. This is a really worthwhile opportunity for young people who would like to more actively participate in the field. It is also a great chance to connect with others in the space.
With support from the Ploughshares Equity Rises Fund, the new Policy Cycle will focus on ‘De-siloing Existential Threats: challenging identity, power, and inclusivity in the nuclear policy field‘. Dedicated to breaking down silos and challenging ideas and approaches within and adjacent to the nuclear policy field, this will open up opportunities for meaningful engagement with key issues relating to identity, power, and inclusivity. These issues inform international security practices, nuclear policy, and peacebuilding in many ways, and when left unacknowledged, they can have harmful impacts for many, on the individual, societal, and state level, even posing existential threats to our safety and security. Confronting, reflecting, and addressing these topics is key to transforming contemporary and future nuclear policy decisions in the best interests of peace and security.
The Policy Cycle entails five Working Groups that will focus on the following topics:
- Challenging racism and white supremacy in nuclear weapons policy-making;
- Examining and dismantling military-industrial complexes;
- Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the nuclear weapons policy field and within the community of practitioners;
- Nuclear weapons issues and climate change; and
- Nuclear weapons issues and social justice.
Each Working Group, led by two co-chairs, will ultimately draft a policy paper including a set of policy recommendations on these challenges. This extensive edited anthology will be delivered to high-level experts in the field in July 2023.
If you have any questions or would like to nominate someone to participate in this Policy Cycle, please contact us at [email protected].