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The Global Security programme focuses on challenges to Europe connected with the existence of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, and their delivery vehicles. It promotes the reduction of the role of nuclear weapons and strengthening of non-proliferation regimes and arms control treaties, including the JCPOA, New START, the INF, and the NPT.

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The ELN continues its long-standing work on European-Iranian relations. All of the ELN’s work on Iran can be found on one page

Latest Publications

Commentary

Pillar III: the quiet success story of the NPT RevCon

In contrast to the disappointing outcomes of the non-proliferation and disarmament pillars of the 2022 Review Conference, a significant reinvigoration took place in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy pillar. Olamide Samuel writes that Pillar III offered progressive solutions by identifying how the treaty plays a role in mitigating some of the most pressing human and environmental security issues of our time and could help inform mechanisms for cooperation and success in future RevCons.

23 January 2023 | Olamide Samuel
Commentary

The one-person monopoly of nuclear launches

In the past, concerns about a nuclear attack were mainly in regard to the leaders of rogue states acquiring nuclear weapons. The war in Ukraine has shifted this threat to the leader of a superpower waging a war with thousands of known nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. Tarja Cronberg explores the ways in which control over nuclear weapons can be taken out of the hands of world leaders, and how to mitigate the risk of a nuclear war triggered by the human error of powerful individuals.

11 January 2023 | Tarja Cronberg
Policy brief

Workshop report: Getting the JCPOA through 2022 and the US and Europe effectively engaged with Iran

In October, the ELN and Hanns Seidel Foundation partnered on a track 1.5 meeting in London which brought together a range of European and Iranian participants both to assess how the JCPOA could still be revived and to consider alternative scenarios in more detail. The ELN’s Policy and Impact Director, Jane Kinninmont, captures the key highlights from the meeting.

14 December 2022 | Jane Kinninmont
Commentary

The hooded man at the computer: What are cyber images telling us?

The importance of new technologies for conflict and security has grown in the past decade, but the images we use to represent them have remained the same. In this illustrated long-form commentary, ELN commissioning editor Esther Kersley interviews cyber security experts to explore what current cyber images are conveying and what impact this could be having on our ability to understand these issues and imagine the effects they may have on our future.

14 December 2022 | Esther Kersley

Latest Events

Event

Meeting summary: All Network briefing on the TPNW 1MSP

This week sees the first conference of states parties to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW 1MSP). The president-designate of the TPNW conference Alexander Kmentt met with fellow ELN members to discuss the likely impact, and Jane Kinninmont, the ELN Impact Director, summarises the discussion.

23 June 2022