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Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in a Period of Global Upheaval

Global arms control and non-proliferation are in crisis. Disarmament and conversion have stalled and countries are rearming. The escalation of armed conflicts, such as those in Syria or Central Africa and, not least, the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, are painful reminders of the need to step up disarmament and arms control efforts and agreements on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and of conventional weapons.

Traditional approaches to cooperative arms control and existing instruments of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are no longer effective. New impulses towards disarmament and arms control are needed in the multi-polar world of the twenty-first century. The rise of China and the ambitions of old/new powers such as Brazil, India or Iran have changed the balance of power in the global security architecture.

The FES Tiergarten Conference 2015 focusses on how to establish a new multilateral architecture for arms control and joint security, that is capable of mitigating the current global arms race. Furthermore, we will discuss potential solutions to new arms control challenges, such as the automation of weapons systems or the digitalisation of warfare.

Program

The full program is available here: PDF   in English | PDF   in German

The leaflet for the public panel discussion is available here:

Multimedia

Interview with Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

On the occasion of a FES panel discussion on June 17, 2015, Angela Kane spoke with us about recent developments in disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation.

Photo: Jens Jeske; Interview in German

FES Publications on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Robin Geiss: Die völkerrechtliche Dimension autonomer Waffensysteme, FES Studie, Juni 2015

IPG Journal Schwerpunkt des Monats: Neue High-Tech-Kriege, März 2015 - mit Beiträgen von Robin Geiss, Alexander Kmentt, Rolf Mützenich, Götz Neuneck und Hans-Georg Ehrhart

Jean-Pierre Maulny: Die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen im Rüstungs- und Verteidigungsbereich - Chancen und Risiken einer Krise, FES Perspektive, Februar 2013

Antonio Rangel Torres Bandeira: Killing Myths and Saving Lives - Latin American Perspectives on Small Arms and Disarmament Campaigns, FES International Policy Analysis, September 2012

Further Publications

Oliver Meier & Azadeh Zamirirad: Die Atomvereinbarung mit Iran - Folgen für regionale Sicherheit und Nichtverbreitung, SWP-Aktuell 2015/A 70, August 2015; a summary of the paper is also available.

Marcel Dickow: Robotik – ein Game-Changer für Militär und Sicherheitspolitik?, SWP-Studie 2015/S 14, Juni 2015; a summary of the study is also available.

Angela Kane: The New Zealand Lectures on Disarmament, UNODA Occasional Papers, No. 26, June 2014