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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
The extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) and the summit between the US and Russian presidents have prompted numerous predictions and recommendations as to what Russia and the United States might do in the next five years to preserve shared principles of strategic stability beyond 2026
After months of watching hundreds of new nuclear missile silos being dug in the dirt northwest of Beijing, it is welcome news that President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping seemingly agreed at last week’s summit on the need for strategic stability talks. Strategic stability - the idea that nuclear-armed countries should not be able to gain decisive advantage over one another - has taken on new importance as China expands and modernizes its nuclear arsenal
On the morning of Oct. 28, 1962, the 13 days of the Cuban missile crisis came to an end with a broadcast on Radio Moscow announcing Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s decision to remove Soviet nuclear missiles from Cuba. What President John F. Kennedy referred to as “the final failure” - a nuclear war - had been averted. The events of 1962 may have brought us as close to nuclear war as the world has ever been, but there have been a number of other very close calls involving false alarms and faulty computers
Congress should require consultation, so generals wouldn’t have to break the rules to save the world Gen. Mark Milley is being criticized for taking actions to forestall the possibility of an inappropriate nuclear launch order by President Trump. The criticism is based on steps the general allegedly took, as described in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, “Peril.” Gen. Milley was ostensibly concerned that Mr. Trump was unstable and might order a nuclear launch for political reasons. The general told Congress last month that because he believed China had unwarranted worries of a U.S. attack, he acted to “de-escalate” the situation and contacted his Chinese counterparts to indicate that no attack was planned.
In May of 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and in May of the following year Iran gradually began violating its commitments under the JCPOA. On December 1, 2020, the Iranian Majles passed the Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests, a bill which demanded that the United States lift all sanctions against Iran by February 21, 2021. If the United States failed to do so, Tehran threatened to abandon the Additional Protocol to its safeguards agreement with the IAEA and step up its nuclear activity. And that is exactly what happened. Today, Iran barely complies with the Additional Protocol.
Leadership Groups Call on China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States to Jointly Reaffirm: “A Nuclear War Cannot Be Won and Must Never Be Fought”
Representatives of the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG), the European Leadership Network (ELN), the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN), and The Elders call on China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to jointly reaffirm: "A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought."
Russia and the United States showed that, even during periods of increased tension, they are capable of mitigating the risks of military conflicts and the threat of nuclear war The Geneva meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden had several dimensions.
High-Level Group Issues Appeal to Biden and Putin to Reduce Nuclear Weapons Dangers Call for Results-Oriented Dialogue to Rediscover the Road to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (Washington and Moscow)—In advance of the first summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph R. Biden in Geneva on June 16, a group of American and Russian organizations, international nuclear policy experts, and former senior officials have issued an appeal to the two Presidents. It calls upon them, in their discussions on strategic stability, to take meaningful steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war and make further progress on nuclear arms control
The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe held a conference "Prospects for Nuclear Arms Control" in May 2021. Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the International Luxembourg Forum, made a statement during the conference on the most burning issues of today's global security, strategic stability and non-proliferation.
Statement by the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG): Advancing strategic stability in the Euro-Atlantic region, 2021 and beyond
Today, there is a growing risk of—and a potentially catastrophic inattention to—a security crisis involving an escalation or miscalculation leading to nuclear use. Beginning next weekend at the G7 summit and proceeding through next week’s NATO, US-EU, and US-Russia summit meetings, leaders will have a rare opportunity to advance multilateral dialogue, principles and practical steps to improve mutual security at a precarious moment
Speech by the President of the Luxembourg Forum Dr. Viatcheslav Kantor at the Conference at the Luxembourg Forum “Prospects for Nuclear Arms Control”. May 20, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues and friends! As usual, I wish you good morning, good afternoon and good evening! I am very pleased to welcome the distinguished members of the Supervisory Board of the Forum - Sam Nunn, Bill Perry, Rose Gottemoeller, Bill Potter, and of course Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who has agreed both to participate and to speak. I also welcome the presence here today of some of the world's leading American and Russian experts on the issues planned for discussion.
Moscow has an enormous missile shield that may be impenetrable, or totally dysfunctional Here's What You Need to Remember: There is apparently a plan to revamp Russia’s ABM capabilities. The system, tentatively called the A-235, will be designed to address shortcomings in the previous generation of Soviet/Russian ABM systems that does not adequately protect against hypersonic missiles
Veteran diplomat also says advances in nuclear technology and artificial intelligence – where China and the US are both leaders – have multiplied the doomsday threat Former US national security adviser Henry Kissinger has warned that strains between Washington and Beijing pose “the biggest problem” for the world, and a failure to improve them risks a “cold war” between the world’s two largest economies.
Five factors exacerbate a U.S.-Chinese security dilemma The risk of the United States and China going to war, leading to a nuclear exchange, is growing by the day. Cyber operations by either or both countries increase the risk significantly, as each side is tempted to use cyber tools to gain warning and an early edge in a crisis
Creating a spiffy new “nuclear sponge” makes neither fiscal nor strategic sense The Biden administration is spending trillions of dollars to address the most pressing challenges we face, such as the pandemic, aging infrastructure and climate change. And the more the administration spends, the more the public has a right to ask where this money will come from