UK PONI Event: Ways forward for the NPT? A discussion with H.E. Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi

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This event will discuss the current state and future of the non-proliferation regime in the run-up to the 2020 NPT Review Conference. 

Please note that this event will take place at King’s College London in room K0.18

The non-proliferation regime faces a number of growing challenges. A lack of progress on disarmament, US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the proposition of a nuclear weapons free zone (NFWZ) in the Middle East are just some issues calling into the question the likelihood of achieving consensus at RevCon 2020. Failure to reach consensus in 2020 would mark the first time two consecutive Review Conferences end without a final document.

Given these challenges, what might a successful 2020 RevCon look like? How might a consensus be achieved? What are some ways forward for the NPT and what does this mean for the future of the non-proliferation regime?


H.E. Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi

Dr Rafael Mariano Grossi is the Ambassador of Argentina to Austria and Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna.

He has extensive experience and knowledge in disarmament and non-proliferation affairs and diplomacy. From 2002-2007, Mr. Grossi was Chief of Cabinet in the Office of the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague (OPCW) and from 2010-2013 he was Assistant Director General for Policy of the IAEA.

Ambassador Grossi served as Chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for two consecutive terms (2014 – 2016). He was President of the Diplomatic Conference of the Convention on Nuclear Security which adopted the Vienna Declaration in February 2015.

Ambassador Grossi was the Chairman of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms 1997 and 2000.

Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, RUSI


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’s WMD. 

Amelia Morgan, Researcher, Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London.

Amelia Morgan is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s College London and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Defence Studies at King’s, where her research is fully-funded by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. She also teaches on a range of defence and security issues at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham. Amelia previously worked at the Policy Institute at King’s and as an intelligence analyst in the private sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a master’s degree in Non-Proliferation and International Security.

This event is held in collaboration with the King’s College London’s Centre for Science & Security Studies and we gratefully acknowledge their support.

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