Student / Young Pugwash (SYP) invites you to our next annual conference, which will explore opportunities for nuclear arms control and disarmament in the current, challenging global environment.
This multidisciplinary conference will cover changes in geopolitics, technology, international law and the theories and discourses we use to think about nuclear weapons (more below).
We are at a crossroads. The UN will start negotiations on a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons in March 2017, just as Donald Trump promises to shake up the global security order. The Iran Nuclear Deal is widely regarded as a non-proliferation success, just as North Korea flouts norms around nuclear testing. Isolationism is on the rise, as are threats requiring collective action.
Join students, early career researchers, leading experts and interested citizens to discuss all these issues and, let us hope, find the way forward for arms control and disarmament.
The conference will be based around the following Working Groups:
International Relations - What will the election of Trump mean for NATO-Russia relations and the US 'nuclear umbrella'? Can contingency planning prevent nuclear warfare in South Asia? What is the role of the UN in mediating conflict? And more...
Technological change - Will new technologies like cyber cause problems for nuclear weapons systems? What role do scientists play in arms control? What are the industrial implications of a more peaceful foreign policy? And more...
Treaties - old, new, proposed - Is the proposed UN ban treaty a good thing and, if so, how would it work? Are established treaties like the CTBT and NPT fit for purpose given recent challenges? Does Donald Trump care about any of this? And more...
Theory and discouse - Is deterrence relevant in 21st century? What can feminist critiques tell us about nuclear weapons policy? How do nuclear weapons fit with our worldviews? And more...
The conference will be followed by a high-profile speaker event and reception, organised by British Pugwash and partners. More to follow.
The full agenda and papers will be released to registrants over the coming months.
Any questions about the conference, please contact the SYP Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
SYP is part of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. For more information about our work, visit: http://britishpugwash.org/