As the Russia-NATO confrontation is intensifying, hopes of maintaining a degree of control and restraint in the continuing development of armed forces are rapidly fading. This policy brief proposes twelve innovative measures to reverse the negative trend of increased military confrontation.
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Next week as the IAEA’s board of governors meet in Vienna member states of the IAEA have an opportunity to de-escalate rising international tension over Iran’s refusal to provide the IAEA information about its nuclear activities. Success may depend on the agency’s Board of Governors ability to transcend polarisation.
The outcome of investigations into chemical weapons use in Syria could drive another wedge between the P3 and the Assad regime’s diplomatic allies: Russia, China and Iran.
Iranian public opinion data over the course of 2019 stresses the need for European officials to double down efforts to save the JCPOA.
At a time when constructive diplomatic relations between Europe and Iran may prove instrumental in efforts to stave off a regional conflict, the operationalisation of INSTEX remains an imperative.
Little can be done at the moment to resolve fully grown differences between major international actors, but a number of measures could be adopted to reduce unnecessary military risk.
At present, current institutions underpinning the global nuclear order are not fit for purpose. New forums, such as CEND and “stepping stones”, serve a practical purpose of generating new ideas for promoting nuclear disarmament and reducing nuclear risk.
Ahead of the European Parliament’s exchange of views on the implementation of Iran’s NPT Safeguard Agreement and other nuclear obligations, this policy brief outlines growing differences on the topic between Russia and the West.
High-level officials from the five nuclear weapon states recognised under the NPT met in London this week for the 2020 “P5 Process” dialogue.