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The 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference: What Role for the European Union?

Monday, 23 February, 2015 - 14:00
Institute for European Studies
IES Webinar

The Insitute for European Studies kindly invites you to a webinar on 'The 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference: What Role for the European Union?' on 23 February 2015 at 14:00 with:

  • Benjamin Hautecouverture, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research – FRS (Paris)
  • Oliver Meier, Senior Researcher, SWP German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin)
  • Tariq Rauf, Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

The quinquennial review conference (RevCon) of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held at the United Nations in New York from 27 April to 22 May 2015. An important milestone in the functioning of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, the conference will be marked by an intricate international environment. Whereas nuclear negotiations with Iran have already shown the first signs of success, uncertainty over the nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and North Korea’s proliferation threat remains high. An increasing number of states concerned with the consequences of nuclear weapons use and frustrated with a speed of the disarmament process advocate the humanitarian initiative that may in the long-run lead to a legal ban on nuclear weapons. This challenging context is coupled with the current US-Russia bilateral impasse that can further complicate the conference talks and the path to a consensual outcome.

This year’s RevCon thus does not promise to be an easy diplomatic exercise for the EU, especially given that the Union’s membership includes both nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states. Yet, building on its experience of the previous NPT review cycles and capitalizing upon the diplomatic innovations brought up by the Lisbon Treaty, the EU can exploit the opportunities presented by the forthcoming multilateral negotiations. The following questions will be central for the debates:

  • What should be the EU’s priorities and objectives for the conference?
  • How can the EU contribute to the successful outcome of the negotiations?
  • What would be the impact of the humanitarian initiative on the EU’s ability to project a coherent stance during the conference?
  • Is there a way for the EU to embrace a pro-active leadership role in the NPT review process?

Half an hour before, a link will be sent to your e-mail address. Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend the webinar please register by filling in our online registration form.