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The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe (ILF) has initiated a new project on establishing a Youth Group of the Forum. The Group will comprise of young professionals from different countries that have an understanding of, and interest in, the issues of arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and security. While the final composition of the Group has not yet been established, its first participants have already had a chance to meet and work together within the framework of the annual ILF Supervisory Board Meeting held in Geneva, December 4-5, 2019
Understanding that 2020 will be decisive for the nuclear arms control system and consequently for strategic stability, recognizing the efforts of the above mentioned organizations to prevent nuclear catastrophe and having deliberated as a conference on June 4-5 in Rome and as a Supervisory Board on December 4-5 in Geneva, we propose the following Road Map for these most urgent actions
The participants of the 10th Anniversary Conference of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe wish to communicate their extreme concern about the present state of international security
On 6 March 2020 the leading Brazilian daily Folha de São Paulo published a front-page article [in Portuguese] based on an extensive interview with Pugwash President Sergio Duarte on the current security situation and the prospects for the forthcoming NPT Review Conference.
March 5, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the entry into effect of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Five decades on, is the treaty achieving what was originally envisioned? Where is it succeeding in curbing the spread of nuclear weapons, and where might it be falling short?
The risk of use of nuclear weapons among the great powers is greater today than since the height of the Cold War. Growing political-military competition has increased the possibility of a U.S.- Russian or U.S.-Chinese military conflict. Any such conflict would carry with it the danger of escalation across the nuclear threshold, most probably driven by misinterpretation and miscalculation.
August 6 and August 9 will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No sentient human being who has met or seen the hibakusha (survivors), or visited the hypocentres in the two cities, or seen the photographic evidence of the destruction of these two Japanese cities, can avoid being shocked and horrified by the devastation that nuclear weapons inflicted
Iran's fifth step in reducing its commitments under the JCPOA will eliminate all restrictions on uranium enrichment The nuclear issue of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has long been a “disturbing” factor for the international community. Tehran’s covert and illegal nuclear activity conducted over decades beyond control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has generated confidence among experts from different countries that Iran is actively working to create nuclear weapons.
Speech by President of the Luxembourg Forum Viatcheslav Kantor, at the Luxembourg Forum Supervisory Board Meeting. Geneva, December 4, 2019
Dear Colleagues and Friends! I would like to thank you, the members of the Supervisory Board, and all the attendees of our conference. This is the thirteenth meeting of the Board, which is traditionally held at the end of each year to sum up the results of the Luxembourg Forum’s work and its further plans. My special thanks go to our all-time participant Bill Perry, whose contribution to our cause through his books, videos and talks cannot be overestimated.
In this interview, Perry – chair of the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors and an emeritus director of the Nuclear Threat Initiative – explains why he believes that public dissemination of realistic (and therefore horrifying) scenarios of nuclear war can help reduce the likelihood it will occur. “What we’re really trying to do is find ways of averting doom,” Perry says. “But we think the first step in that is recognizing that these are very real possibilities.” Here, Perry also discusses specific changes in US policy – including a pledge that the country would not use nuclear weapons first in a conflict – that he believes will preserve US national security while reducing nuclear risk. The interview includes comments from Robin Perry, executive director of the William J. Perry Project
The year is 2020. The Russian military is conducting a large exercise in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea that borders the NATO member states Lithuania and Poland. An observer aircraft from the Western alliance accidentally crosses into Russian airspace and is shot down by a surface-to-air missile. NATO rushes air squadrons and combat vessels into the region. Both sides warn that they will consider using nuclear weapons if their vital interests are threatened
The reaction to the airing of the HBO series “Chernobyl,” dramatizing the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history, and to the news of President Trump’s aborted strike on Iran, amply shows the potential for horrific widescale nuclear catastrophe and the public’s desire to know the true extent of the risk
White House says Trump told Putin at G20 Osaka Summit that “a 21st century model of arms control” must “include China.“ As Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, writes in new issue of Arms Control Today, this is really part of NSA “Bolton’s Attempt to Sabotage New START.“
Statement by the President of The Luxembourg Forum Dr. Moshe Kantor on June 4, 2019 – Rome. «Is a Nuclear Holocaust Unavoidable?»
This event is indeed important, given the crises currently affecting our area of activity and because the majority of the forum’s supervisory board members are personally involved in addressing these crises, along with the heads of six of the leading international organisations engaged in studying nuclear arms control and reduction, sustainable strategic and regional stability and measures to combat nuclear terrorism.