Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 16, 2018

Preventing Nuclear Conflict in Europe

In anticipation of the 2018 Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger (Chairman of the Munich Security Conference), Sam Nunn (co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative), and the GEM members Igor Ivanov and Des Browne have written an Op-ed for Project Syndicate.

They believe that the U.S., Russia and Europe must increase co-operation as the longer rising tensions between NATO countries and Russia persist, “the tighter the resulting knot of distrust will become – and the greater the risk of the ultimate ‘lose-lose’ scenario: a military conflict.”

The authors believe that to improve the security of all people in the Euro-Atlantic region, it must begin with “reducing nuclear and other military risks.” To combat these risks, the authors outline four remedies, one of which being the need to “preserve and extend existing agreements and treaties that are crucial to sustaining transparency and predictability.” Read the complete four-step guide here.

 

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Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 16, 2018

Summary of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

In an article in Lawfare, CTBTO Youth Group member Brenna Gautam summarizes the key takeaways from the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and comments on the lowered threshold for employing nuclear weapons. She further makes a point of the 20 kiloton limit classifying nuclear weapons as low yield, a limit that also classifies the denotation in Hiroshima – with its 15 kiloton yield – as a low yield nuclear weapon.

On the United States’ position toward international treaties like the CTBT, Gautam reiterates that according to the NPR, although the U.S. does not seek to ratify the CTBT, it will not resume nuclear testing unless deemed necessary and it also calls on other nuclear weapon states to declare or maintain a moratorium on nuclear tests.

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 13, 2018

Kick Off To A Nuclear Race Threatening Doomsday

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In an article from In Depth News, Sergio Duarte – GEM member of the 1995 Nobel Peace Laureate Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs – writes about the Doomsday Clock and the Nuclear Posture Review and the widely different world views that they represent, despite both responding to security concerns and being announced almost simultaneously. Duarte further states that there are important treaties on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, like the CTBT, that have not entered into force. He notes that only North Korea has carried out nuclear tests in this century, while all other states are observing a voluntary moratorium, and further touches upon the U.S.’s continued support of the CTBTO, the IMS and IDC, despite of its unwillingness to ratify the CTBT.

 

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