ELN Members Express Support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement


LONDON - The European Leadership Network (ELN) released a statement supporting the Iran nuclear agreement signed by more than 70 European political, diplomatic and military leaders. The statement calls the agreement "a high water mark of multilateral diplomacy" that provides a framework for ending the immediate crisis over Iran's nuclear program and offers a foundation for  "re-integrating Iran into the international community." The leaders call on all European states and the wider international community to back the deal. (July 24, 2015)

A Decent Deal to Bring Iran in From the Cold


CANBERRA - In an op-ed for The Japan TimesRamesh Thakur of the Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament and the APLN analyzes the Iran deal and argues that is may be "the most significant agreement on Middle Eastern affairs since the Oslo Accords of 1993" and that it represents a major achievement for Iran President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama. He notes that it is "not a perfect deal for the West" and "not the best possible deal for Iran" - but that it represents the power of diplomacy at its best. (July 15, 2015)

CTBT Science and Technology 2015 Keynote Speech


VIENNA - In a keynote speech to the CTBT Science and Technology Conference 2015, NTI Vice Chairman Des Browne hailed the scientists and technical experts behind the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty for their decades of work to successfully deliver a robust global verification system with more than 300 stations in 89 countries. Bringing the Treaty into force is crucial to protect the important gains that have been made and the de facto moratorium on testing, he said. (July 22, 2015)

2016 NATO Summit on Strategic Adaptation


Warsaw, Poland - In a new Polish Institute of International Affairs Bulletin, Wojciech Lorenz writes that at next year's NATO summit in Warsaw, Polish officials would like to convince the Allies to agree to the "Warsaw Initiative on Strategic Adapatation." This would allow for adjustment of NATO's force structure for both defense and deterrence in response to new security challenges posed by Russia and threats from the Middle East and North Africa. (June 9, 2015)

Five Years That Will Decide the Fate of the NPT

LONDON - In a new paper for the European Leadership Network, Research Director Lukasz Kulesa outlines the stakes for the 2020 NPT Review Conference after the failure of 2015 and amid "growing discontent" with nuclear weapon states. Can the NPT continue to be seen as a "common platform" for nuclear weapon states and their allies as well as non-nuclear weapon states? Will it be seen as a treaty framework worth preserving? (June 1, 2015) 

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