Verification in Arms Control and Disarmament

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Verification is a critical component of arms control and disarmament activities that presents both political and technical challenges.


Verification activities have been central to demonstrating commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), with some State Parties currently working on abilities to verify the adherence and maintenance of nuclear disarmament in the future. However, questions remain over what verification mechanisms will be in place under the newly entered-into-force Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). And although the New START agreement between the United States and Russia has recently been extended for five years, verification options for any future arms control agreements continue to require urgent attention.

Our event discusses the role and prospects of verification regimes in future arms control agreements, within the NPT process and under the TPNW.

This event is organised in two parts.

Part 1 consists of a panel discussion, and be open to all those who register to attend.

Part 2 follows from the panel discussion and will allow members of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) to network by engaging in small, informal, breakout group discussions with the speakers. If you are an early career attendee or member of the UK PONI network and want to take part in these smaller group discussions with the speakers, please indicate this when you register.

Speakers

  • Zia Mian is the Co-director of Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. He is co-editor of Science & Global Security, the international technical journal of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament and also co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), an 18-country independent group of experts working to strengthen policy initiatives to end production and eliminate stockpiles of plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

  • Cristina Varriale is a Research Fellow at RUSI where she covers disarmament diplomacy in the NPT and is the author of a recent paper on European perceptions of the UK’s disarmament verification efforts. She also focuses on North Korea’s WMD programmes.

  • Pranay Vaddi is a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His current research is focused on developing future U.S. nuclear posture and arms control proposals, and Congress' role in arms control policy. A lawyer by training, Vaddi brings years of practical experience from his time at the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Office of Strategic Stability and Deterrence Affairs.

The event will be moderated by Dr Ana Alecsandru, Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Programme and Project Coordinator of UK PONI.


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