The Nuclear Weapon Ban is Inevitable - Too Bad That it Won't Bring Disarmament


LONDON - In a new paper released during the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, Lukasz Kulesa write that states, international organizations and civil society representatives are drawn to the humanitary impacts movement out of frustration with the "ineffectiveness of other approaches to disarmament," including the 20-year paralysis of the Conference on Disarmament and the weak record of the NPT Review Conferences. (December 9, 2014) 

Global Leaders Support Humanitarian Impact Conference


VIENNA - In a letter to Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, more than 120 current and former political, military and diplomatic leaders express support for the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, call on governments to state that any use of a nuclear weapon would have catastrophic human consequences, and lay out a four-point agenda for action. Signatories include a former president, six former prime ministers, a former NATO Secretary-General and 36 former Foreign or Defense ministers. (December 5, 2014)

Strengthening NATO's Eastern Flank


Warsaw, Poland - In a new paper on NATO defense and deterrence policy, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Research Fellow Beata Gorka-Winter calls on all of NATO to summon greater political determination to shore up security for NATO's eastern flank. "The Allied infrastructure in the region is still scarce and its development ... will take time and resources," she writes. "The continued determination of the NATO Eastern Allies will be a crucial factor for keeping their security needs on the Alliance's agenda." (December 2, 2014) 

NATO Reassurances and Baltic Defense Cooperation: Getting the Balance Right


Riga, Latvia - In a paper on the need for NATO to enhance defences in Central and Eastern Europe, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) Associate Fellow Eoin Michael McNamara argues that the states in the region, particularly Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, need to "foster greater cohesion in defense matters" even as NATO's major powers maintain custodianship over the region's security. (December 2, 2014)  

Should India Revise its Nuclear Doctrine?


CANBERRA - In a new policy brief published jointly by the Asia Pacific Leadership Network and the Centre for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Rakesh Sood calls for India's nuclear doctrine, which is based on a 'credible minimum deterrent' and commits India to the abolition of nuclear weapons as policy, to be periodically reviewed "to take into account regional and global developments." (December 2014)