What do non-nuclear states think about nuclear weapon modernisation?

Webinar: Wednesday 17 March 11:00 GMT

We hosted a webinar to discuss our forthcoming new briefing. Find out what the rest of the world thinks of nuclear-armed states modernising their nuclear weapons – watch the webinar at the link above.

We’ve collated the reported comments of non-nuclear weapon states to the current nuclear weapon modernisation programmes being carried out by the nine nuclear-armed states. The study considers states’ concerns about the implications of modernisation for non-proliferation and whether it has helped drive support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Author Sanem Topal outlined the project and findings. Alicia Sanders-Zakre from ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and Dr Gry Thomasen from BASIC (British American Security Information Council) gave their comments and outlined their own work in this area. David Cullen from NIS chaired the discussion and fielded your questions to the panel.

Sanem Topal, Nuclear Information Service
A Master’s student of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, Sanem began volunteering with NIS in 2020 and researched and authored the briefing.

Alicia Sanders-Zakre, ICAN
As policy and research coordinator, she provides expert analysis on nuclear weapons and The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). ICAN were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017 for their work on TPNW.

Dr Gry Thomasen, BASIC
A Policy Fellow working on the Nuclear Disarmament programme. Gry’s expertise is in the evolution of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, including the Non Proliferation Treaty, IAEA nuclear safeguards and Euratom.

David Cullen, Nuclear Information Service
David is the Director at NIS and editor of the briefing, chaired the discussions and Q&A

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