Although it may now be hard to escape a cold war, especially between Russia and the West, countries can still make real choices that affect the course of the confrontation, writes ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson. Here he suggests four axes along which all states involved should be considering their positioning as they pursue their clashing desired outcomes.
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We should not underestimate the possibility of turning Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ into ‘Regional Britain’, given the economic challenges that Prime Minister Truss has to contend with, writes Nikita Gryazin.
Network Reflections: What does the election of Giorgia Meloni mean for Italy’s foreign policy and international relations?
Five members of the ELN’s Network reflect on the election of a new Italian government
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”.
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.
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.