Avoiding the Worst: Re-framing the Debate on Nuclear Disarmament


London, England - Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, makes the case for a global dialogue on nuclear disarmament and calls on the five nuclear weapon states recognized by the NPT to engage in the next conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons use. (June 24, 2014)

ACSIS Launches Nuclear Forum


Amman, Jordan - The Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS) has  announced the launch of the "Nuclear Forum - Views From the Middle East." The forum aims to: promote dialogue on nuclear security issues among policymakers, scholars, researchers and the public; expand the network of security experts in the region; and serve as a hub for resources on nuclear issues. The forum also will promote research and publication on chemical and biological issues. (June 2014)

Nuclear Verification Challenges and Opportunities


Baden, Austria - Speaking to a diplomatic workshop on Nuclear Verification Challenges and Opportunities, Nuclear Threat Initiative Vice Chairman Des Browne highlighted the results of a new report by NTI, Innovating Verification, and called on the international community to work towards a "transparent, sustainable and credible plan for multilateral disarmament" that includes robust verification measures. (June 20, 2014)

Short-Sheeting European Security

Washington, D.C. - President Obama's proposal to spend $1 billion to support NATO allies in response to Russian actions in Ukraine is "a step in the right direction," but a global response to Ukraine "must include more than new defense muscle," argues Steve Andreasen, consultant to NTI and the NSP, in a new op-ed. A new security strategy for the Euro-Atlantic region should go beyond simply reassuring NATO and should begin with a new political and military dialogue mandated at the highest political levels.

Des Browne Speaks to Next Generation Middle East Leaders


New York - At an event with The Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists network at a side event to the PrepCom, NTI Vice Chairman Des Browne addressed challenges to nonproliferation in the region and called on Russia, the US and the UK to fulfill a promise to set up a conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East ahear of the 2015 Review Conference. Browne commended the network for tackling one of the world's "most vexing challenges" and laying a solid foundation for new work in the region. (May 8, 2014)