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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
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
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.
The New Abnormal - Talking points by Dr. William Perry at the conference of the Luxembourg Forum in Rome. June 4, 2019
Earlier this year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists made their annual determination on the danger of a nuclear conflict. As you probably know, they quantify that danger by setting a clock, where midnight represents a nuclear conflict that could end our civilization. This year they set the clock at 2 minutes to midnight; closer to catastrophe than any year of the CW except 1954, one of the darkest years of the CW, when it was set at the same level.
The Luxembourg Forum has had successful meetings for more than a decade, highlighting nuclear dangers to the world and making concrete and constructive proposals to lower those dangers. In particular, they have consistently pressed for constructive official dialog between the USA and Russia in the nuclear field
For a euphoric moment, it seemed everything was about to change on the Korean Peninsula. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un-two leaders with a flair for the dramatic and a willingness to shatter precedents-fanned expectations of a diplomatic breakthrough that would end a nuclear standoff and open a pathway to peace between the two Koreas
Today the eyes of the world are focused on Singapore, where Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are deciding the future of North Korea's nuclear arsenal; Which in turn will determine whether there will be a military conflict with North Korea. We have faced that stark choice before; but this time there is a huge difference in what a military conflict would entail.
The very fact that we start this meeting of the forum almost at the same time as, as mass media calls, historic meeting in Singapore is very symbolic. But I have to proclaim that the choice of the date for this meeting in Geneva was made long before any hint of meeting in Singapore, and long before exchange of love letters between Kim and Trump