Leadership in the Non-Proliferation Treaty

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This panel event will launch the report of a recent private RUSI workshop that discussed leadership in the context of the NPT and how the UK could contribute.

The NPT process is currently under significant pressure. As the 2020 Review Conference draws closer, achieving consensus on a final document remains unlikely. There are divisions within the NPT community and frustrations over the slow progress of nuclear disarmament. The absence of leadership, particularly by the Nuclear Weapons States, is often cited as a reason for limited progress on disarmament, and the strain that the NPT is under. Failure to reach consensus in 2020 would mark the first time two consecutive Review Conferences end without a final document. 

This event follows a recent private RUSI workshop which focused on perspectives from around Europe and aimed to develop an understanding of what leadership means in the NPT process, to assess the role of the UK as a leader in this framework and suggest steps the UK could take to lead progress in the NPT.


Marjolijn van Deelen heads the Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Her responsibilities include all WMD and CBRN-related Dutch foreign policy with priorities in nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security. She was part of the Dutch team for the chairmanship of the 2017 NPT PrepCom.

Cristina Varriale is a Research Fellow within Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at RUSI, where she focuses on disarmament diplomacy in the NPT and North Korea‚Äôs WMD. 


Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI

This event will be proceeded by a wine reception.

This event is open to both UK PONI members and RUSI members. RUSI Members please contact Cristinav@rusi.org to register for this event. 

For UK PONI members travelling from outside of London, a small travel bursary is available. To apply for a travel bursary, please email ukponi@rusi.org, with your name, affiliation and a couple of sentences about why attending this event would be beneficial/is of interest to you.


RUSI is grateful to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its generous support for this event and the preceding workshop.


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