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SIPRI launches new publication on disarmament and diplomacy

Participants 'vote' during a Diplomacy & Public Policy course run by the CTBTO
Participants 'vote' during a Diplomacy & Public Policy course run by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in 2013. Photo: Flickr / The Official CTBTO Photostream

SIPRI is pleased to announce the launch of the new publication Reintroducing Disarmament and Cooperative Security to the Toolbox of 21st Century Leaders.

Over the past few years, it has become commonly accepted that the international security system has come under serious strain with rising regional and international tensions; significant military buildups; erosion of cooperative security agreements; and loss of a much needed 'disarmament track' in diplomatic relations between important actors. The need to re-establish linkages between security/stability and disarmament/arms control has never been so apparent.

With this in mind, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London and SIPRI have developed a joint publication on disarmament and cooperative security aimed at renewing emphasis on cooperation to reverse potentially dangerous competitive security dynamics. The publication seeks to highlight how dialogue and disarmament diplomacy can contribute to responding to and accommodating national security interests, while opposing conventional thinking that equates national security with modernization and build-up of military capabilities.

The publication will be launched on 30 January 2017 with a seminar organized by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the IAEA/UN in Austria. SIPRI Programme Director Tariq Rauf will participate as one of the seminar's panellists.

Read a report of the event.