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From an Isolated Iran to an Isolated US

Hans Blix, former IAEA Director General and ELN member, argues that American concerns over Iran’s nuclear weapons intentions may be more of a marketing ploy than a real worry.

17 November 2017 | Hans Blix
Global Security|Iran|JCPOA|Nuclear Arms Control|United Nations|United States
Commentary

New Nuclear Divides

Dr Cronberg, member of the Executive Board of the ELN, discusses the polarization between the states with nuclear weapons and those without in the context of the recent adoption by 122 nations of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

27 July 2017 | Tarja Cronberg
Global Security|Arms Control|Nuclear Arms Control|United Nations
Commentary

The Nuclear Ban treaty: a Qualified success

Italy’s former Ambassador for Disarmament and Non Proliferation analyses the July 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

11 July 2017 | Carlo Trezza
Global Security|Arms Control|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Disarmament|United Nations
Commentary

UN Nuclear ban treaty negotiations

On Thursday 15 June, negotiations on treaty to ban nuclear weapons resumed at the UN in New York. Ahead of these talks, the European Leadership Network commissioned expert commentaries on the ban treaty and featured open letters co-signed by ELN members from France and Italy. See below for...

15 June 2017
Global Security|Arms Control|Nuclear Arms Control|United Nations
Commentary

How to deal with Trump: The choices for Europe

Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), argues that, as President Trump does not seem prepared to either defend the European project or inject leadership into transatlantic institutions, the best option for Europe may be to look away and lead.

13 June 2017 | Julianne Smith
Euro-Atlantic Security|Europe|NATO|Transatlantic relations|United Nations
Commentary

Nuclear Disarmament: a breakthrough at the UN?

Following a vote at the United Nations to begin negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, Ambassador Carlo Trezza writes that while the absence of nuclear players will weaken the process it is still possible for meaninful outcomes to be achieved.

29 November 2016 | Carlo Trezza
Global Security|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons|United Nations