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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.

8 August 2022 | Olamide Samuel
Commentary

The supporters of the ban treaty are not a monolith. Don’t treat them as such

Analysing the discussions at the First Meeting of the States Parties of the TPNW last month, Michal Onderco and Valerio Vignoli find that there are real divisions among ban treaty members. As delegates to the RevCon begin their deliberations in New York this week, they will benefit from understanding that there is enough common ground to build coalitions with nuclear ban supporters.

1 August 2022 | Michal Onderco and Valerio Vignoli
Outside Palais
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The YGLN annual gathering: An invaluable venue for dialogue between young leaders from Russia and the West

In this critical period, the ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) held its annual gathering from 13-16 June in Switzerland, sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Members met with the French and Norwegian Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Office in Geneva, as well as representatives from the Swedish, German, and Dutch Missions and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

12 July 2022 | Daniel Shapiro
Nuclear Test
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Reflections from 1MSP: There is something new happening in nuclear non-proliferation

At the end of June, the first Meeting of States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) took place in Vienna. At this inaugural meeting, states parties to the TPNW gathered to commit to concrete actions to implement obligations under the Treaty. ELN network member Tarja Cronberg participated in the meeting and shares her reflections with us.

6 July 2022 | Tarja Cronberg
Commentary

ELN resources for the 2022 NATO summit

NATO leaders are gathering at their annual summit meeting this week to discuss important issues facing the Alliance. The Madrid Summit will address the Alliance’s response to the war in Ukraine, defence spending, climate security, and NATO’s strategic direction for the next decade. Here, we share some materials and analysis from the Network on these core issues.

28 June 2022