|The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:
Arctic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone – Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 13.00-15.30
gtveds Pakhus, Sal II
Asiatisk Plads 2 G
1448 Copenhagen K
The world currently has five nuclear weapons free zones (NWFZs) in existence, essentially making the southern hemisphere free of nuclear weapons. A similar zone for the Arctic would prohibit the possession, development, testing, manufacture or production of nuclear weapons within the zone; prohibit the use of nuclear weapons against any territory within; and establish measures to ensure everybody is playing by treaty rules. But it would not be easy. Two of the eight Arctic states are the world’s largest possessors of nuclear weapons (Russia and United States) and five of the eight are also NATO members and bound by the alliance’s nuclear doctrine. That said, if the countries of the Middle East can potentially begin dialogue on weapons of mass destruction, surely there is hope for the circumpolar nations to do the same?
This DIIS seminar discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with an Arctic free of nuclear weapons. It focuses on the practicalities of negotiating such a zone, from the various national positions to lessons from other regions and from NWFZ principles to accompanying export controls.
Cindy Vestergaard, Researcher, DIIS
13.05-13.25 Some Lessons on How Not to Negotiate a NWFZ
William Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation
Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
13.25-13.45 An Arctic NWFZ – A View from Russia
Vladimir Rybachenkov, Senior Research Scientist, Moscow Center
for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies
13.45-14.00 Principles Governing the Establishment of NWFZs:
The Case of the Arctic Region
Tariq Rauf, Former Member of the Canadian NPT delegation
14.00-14.25 Coffee Break
14.25-14.45 NWFZs and Export Controls
Mark Hibbs, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for
14.45-15.30 Q & A
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Tuesday, 25 September 2012 at 12.00 noon.