This workshop will be the first in a series of regional roundtables to exchange views about the future of the NPT as it moves past its 50th Anniversary.
The meeting heard from two speakers about how the emergence of new drone technologies were changing the dynamics of war.
Whilst the public debate over nuclear disarmament tends to deal in black and white, the reality is that the nuclear disarmament process to which every member of the international community is committed to inevitably involves a complex set of steps that can be taken unilaterally, bilaterally and multilaterally. And this process inevitably involves uncertainty and setback.
This report arises from a roundtable on ‘Developing European Perspectives on Nuclear Risks’ on 7 May 2019, hosted at the Polish Mission to the UN in New York and under the sponsorship of the Dutch Foreign Ministry during the 2019 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee.
On Tuesday, 11 June, Foreign Ministers from 15 countries meet in Stockholm to discuss how to make progress on nuclear disarmament. The impetus for this meeting is the Swedish ‘Stepping Stones’ implementation approach, presented in April at the United Nations in order to revive the blocked disarmament pathway in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
Representatives from the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia and Australia reported back on consultations about nuclear responsibilities in 2018-2019, at a side event at the 2019 NPT Preparatory Committee.
On the 8th of May, the Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO) Project held a side-event in conjunction with the support of the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Achieving the Possible: WMD Freezone in the Middle East. As negotiations at the 2019 NPT PrepCom continue and Iran announces it is suspending some of its obligations of the 2015 Iran Deal, the issue of how the international community can make progress of this issue pivotal to regional and global security becomes increasingly pertinent.
Paul Ingram, BASIC’s Executive Director, gave oral evidence to the House of Lords International Relations Committee, as part of their Inquiry into the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament.