Johan Vanderplaetse is Senior Vice-president of “Schneider Electric”, leading from Zurich globally the sales of the International Automation business of the group (8B euro P&L). Prior to this, Mr. Vanderplaetse was for many years living in Moscow where he worked as President Russia & Central...
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Reflections on P5 risk reduction: milestones to date and recommendations for the eleventh NPT review cycle
The recent P5 affirmation that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” as well as the incorporation of strategic risk reduction into the nuclear doctrines and dialogues working group are impactful and are welcome first measures. The P5 must now build on this momentum to discuss a substantive programme of work which must will lead to the implementation of concrete risk reduction measures within the eleventh review cycle.
A revival of arms control will not be possible by going back to old approaches. Instead, arms control needs to adapt to new circumstances. A new report from the Center for Security Studies in Zurich sets out a transatlantic approach on how to build a political strategy for arms control in a new landscape.
Russia, NATO and other European countries have recently engaged in a week of intensive diplomacy, which has touched on both recent tensions and long-term relations. ELN members are united in a belief in the necessity of dialogue across divides, and many have provided their thoughts on the current situation.
In the recent years, the ELN’s work on the P5 Process has focused on the call for the P5 states to set up a working group to advance strategic risk reduction. In the aftermath of the P5 statement reaffirming the Reagan-Gorbachev formula, the ELN will continue to keep open the space for engagement with the P5 Process to help provide the ideas and encouragement for further progress.