The significance of NATO’s June Summit is in the adoption of a tougher and more robust approach to security through a renewed emphasis on defence, deterrence and, whenever necessary, confrontation, write ELN Senior Associate Fellows Nicholas Williams and Simon Lunn.
Saving the non-proliferation regime today for the benefit of tomorrow’s international security order
The 10th NPT Review Conference ended last week without an agreement on a consensus outcome document. At a RevCon side event to launch a new ELN project, network member Adam Kobieracki remarked that “diplomatic success should not be measured by the number and volume of documents agreed and adopted” but instead should focus on concrete steps that need to be taken to reinforce and implement the NPT system.
As diplomats debate the draft final document of the 10th NPT Review Conference, former disarmament ambassador and ELN senior network member, Carlo Trezza, argues that the severity of the wounds to international norms in Ukraine will “make it necessary – if consensus fails – to have recourse to a vote”.
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Statement by the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) Co-Conveners: Ukraine and reducing nuclear risks
The Co-Conveners of the EASLG warn that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine elevates nuclear risks dramatically. The first and most essential step toward reducing the risks of a consequential accident, mistake, or miscalculation is a ceasefire to end the unacceptable and unjustifiable loss of human lives.
The Expert Dialogue on NATO-Russia risk reduction: a joint appeal for a ceasefire and risk reduction
Russian, American and European expert members of the Russia-NATO Military Risk Reduction Dialogue in Europe call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Ukraine.
Statement by the Chair and Executive Director of the European Leadership Network on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have devastating consequences for the security of all of us in Europe and beyond. The ELN’s Chair Lord Des Browne and Director Sir Adam Thomson call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of serious diplomacy.
As the 10th NPT RevCon continues, the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the RevCon, Carlos D. Sorreta, warns that NATO’s plans to increase defence spending ignore Russia’s diminished military capabilities. As Russia cannot keep up with the West’s conventional arms build-up, it will rely more heavily on its nuclear force which will lead to a new arms race and increased tensions.
Travelling while black: A first-hand account of the restrictive visa system impacting diversity at nuclear policy conferences
As the 2022 NPT RevCon enters its second week in New York, there have been reports of its noticeable lack of diversity. Olamide Samuel gives a personal account of his efforts to secure an Austrian and US visa to attend nuclear policy conferences this summer and calls on conference organisers to pay attention to the visa regimes that pose logistical barriers to entry for people from the global south.
On the opening of the 2022 Review Conference, five members of the ELN consider what the NPT means to them.
Policy briefs & reports
Dr Ian Anthony examines confidence and security building measures (CSBMs) in Central and Eastern Europe and notes steps made by countries such as Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine to create and enhance bilateral discussion formats. This policy brief analyses these measures and examines their applicability to the current conflict in Ukraine and the European security order that will follow the war.
Nuclear decision-making, complexity and emerging and disruptive technologies: A comprehensive assessment
This report looks at how the complex interactions of emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) could impact nuclear decision-making, particularly in an escalating regional conventional conflict. In some scenarios, EDTs could exacerbate nuclear escalation, while in other circumstances they could encourage nuclear restraint.
The Iran Project and the ELN release the findings of a major three-year study on missiles in the Middle East. They find that fresh thinking is needed to reduce the risks attributed to the growing proliferation and development of these weapons.