Friedrich Ebert Stiftung


‚Äč10-11 Sept 2015, Berlin


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.