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Hiroshima Declaration by G-7 Foreign Ministers falls short

by Tariq Rauf

The so-called ‘Hiroshima Declaration’ adopted today by the G-7 Foreign Ministers is a major disappointment and a wasted opportunity for nuclear disarmament.

Economics trumps geopolitics as China announces lowest defence budget increase in years

by Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

On 5 March, the opening day of the annual National People’s Congress, China announced a 7.6 per cent increase in its National Defense budget for 2016—or a total of 954 billion yuan ($146 billion).

North Korea's Space Launch

by Tariq Rauf

North Korea launched a space launch vehicle on 7 February 2016 at around 09:00 local time, with the aim of placing a satellite into the Earth’s orbit.

Another nuclear test announced by North Korea: Searching for a plan of action?

by Tariq Rauf

On 6 January 2016, North Korea announced that it had successfully detonated a ‘hydrogen’ or thermonuclear device. Despite international doubt, we shouldn't underestimate North Korea's capabilities.

Damage limitation for Vienna document

by Dr Ian Anthony

Last week, Nato's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg launched the idea of reworking the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures.

On ‘International Right to Know Day’ – how transparent is NATO?

by Dr Ian Davis

NATO does not publish an annual financial report on its revenue and expenditure, even though other intergovernmental bodies, such as the EU and World Bank, do.

The 2015 UN Register on Conventional Arms: still time to improve

by Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman

Following the trend in 2012–14, 2015 is likely to be another disappointing year for transparency in arms transfers.

‘Rules of the Road’ for the Arms Trade Treaty agreed in Cancun but stiffer tests lie ahead

by Dr Sibylle Bauer, Mark Bromley

The first Conference of States Parties (CSP1) to the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), held in Cancun Mexico, ended yesterday.

Water supply to the Syrian bombed site

by Robert Kelley

There have been a number of revelations lately about many aspects of the bombing of a Syrian military facility in 2007, which the US Intelligence Community concluded, with low confidence, was a plutonium producing nuclear reactor under construction.

Nuclear verification in Iran: managed access

by Tariq Rauf

The 7 July deadline for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear programme expired without a breakthrough but the parties agreed to an extension until the end of 10 July.