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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
July 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal). In terms of its importance for the preservation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, the JCPOA stands abreast with the fundamental document, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which came in force exactly 50 years ago on March 5, 1970
Statement of the President of the Luxembourg Forum Viatcheslav Kantor at a special conference session on the “Intellectual Legacy of the Academician Sakharov and Issues of Strategic Stability"
In accordance with the Forum’s plans, even before the pandemic struck we intended to hold a special session on the intellectual legacy of Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov as part of our conference on nuclear non-proliferation. This session forms part of the general preparatory plan for the 100th anniversary of Sakharov's birth in May 2021
Speech by William J. Perry at the online-conference of the Luxembourg Forum “Intellectual Legacy of the Academician Sakharov and Issues of Strategic Stability"
When I think of Russians of the Cold War period who had the greatest influence on my thinking, the first three who come to my mind are Andrei Sakharov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Boris Pasternak.Although their careers were very different, they had one thing in common: a love of freedom, which they pursued eloquently and bravely, in the face of serious governmental opposition and personal danger.Solzhenitsyn and Pasternak were, of course, writers, while Sakharov was a physicist, but they were in many ways, kindred spirits
Speech by David Holloway at the online conference of the International Luxembourg Forum "Intellectual Legacy of Academician Andrey Sakharov and Issues of Strategic Stability"
It is an honor to take part in this conference devoted to the Intellectual Legacy of Academician Andrei Sakharov and issues of strategic stability. Thanks to my friend and colleague Sidney Drell, I had the great good fortune to meet Andrei Dmitrievich twice, once in his apartment in Moscow in June 1987, when he spoke to me about the history of the Soviet atomic project, and again in August 1989, not long before his death, when he and Elena Bonner gave a seminar at Stanford on the recent turbulent session of the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Soviet Union. But our topic today is strategic stability in the light of Sakharov’s intellectual legacy
Speech by Frank von Hippel at the online conference of the International Luxembourg Forum "Intellectual Legacy of Academician Andrey Sakharov and Issues of Strategic Stability"
I first learned of Sakharov when I read the translation of his great essay, Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom, in the New York Times on July 22, 1968. I realized that the Soviet authorities had not succeeded in stamping out intellectual freedom in the Soviet Union and that here was a world-class intellect with a proposal for how to end the Cold War. I was very excited for several days.
Statement by the President of the Luxembourg Forum Viatcheslav Kantor at the online conference “The New Iranian Crisis: Ending Escalation”
I thank you all for taking part in our online conference, despite the difficulties posed by different time zones. And a special thanks, of course, to the members of the Forum's Supervisory Council Bill Perry, Rose Gottemoeller, Sergio Duarte, Bill Potter. You know the topic of the conference. You are also well aware of the chaotic situation in the Middle East, where the interests and actions of almost all the states in the region, as well of a number of great powers, are intertwined.
Speech by William Perry at the online conference of the Luxembourg Forum “The New Iranian Crisis: Ending Escalation”
During the Cold War Americans imagined that the major threat to us was a surprise nuclear strike from the Soviet Union, and that belief determined our nuclear policies, our force structure, and our deployment. Now, thirty years after the Cold War, they still do
The United States’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 2019 threatens to dismantle the entire nuclear arms control system built over the last 50 years. It may lead to an uncontrolled multilateral arms race involving strategic, intermediate-range, tactical nuclear and non-nuclear offensive and defensive weapons. This dangerous turn of events is met with different attitude by different politicians and experts
Former Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Berdennikov on the resumption of nuclear tests. According to media in the United States, US officials are discussing the possibility of resuming nuclear tests. The main reason for this change is that, according to Washington, Moscow and Beijing are secretly violating the moratorium on such tests. The head of the Russian delegation at the CTBT negotiations, former Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Berdennikov, discussed with Kommersant correspondent Yelena Chernenko whether or not the United States has reason to suspect Russia of violating the agreements.
While all these proposals merit consideration, achieving them requires overcoming some significant differences in perspectives. Let’s take up in turn each potential pitfall that I foresee: nuclear disarmament, the IAEA Additional Protocol, gift baskets, and so-called outcome documents. I also make a modest proposal: Postpone the next NPT conference until 2022—and hold it in Vienna.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the cornerstone of international efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards system fulfills a vital role underpinning the NPT, reinforcing commitments to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and providing confidence that nuclear energy is used for exclusively peaceful purposes
The topic of the first online session of Primakov Readings is “Russia and the Post-COVID World”. Among the Speakers were: Academician RAS Alexey Arbatov – Head of the Center for International Security, IMEMO RAS; Academician RAS Alexander Dynkin – President, IMEMO RAS; Fedor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, chairman of the presidium of the non-governmental organization Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. The session was chaired by Mikhail Shvydkoy, Presidential Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation
The Spring 2020 issue of Dædalus, “Meeting the Challenges of a New Nuclear Age,” guest edited by Robert Legvold and Christopher F. Chyba, examines some of the possible escalation pathways that could lead one or more states to use nuclear weapons
On April 24, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was observed at the United Nations. At the occasion, Secretary-general António Guterres called for a "networked multilateralism, strengthening coordination among all global multilateral organizations" with the regional multilateral organizations making their vital contributions. His advice is both warranted and timely.