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British Pugwash Newsletter – May 2020

Topics covered in the British Pugwash May 2020 Newsletter include:

  • Pugwash statement on the Open Skies Treaty and New START
  • Pugwash statement on NPT Review postponement and risks post-pandemic
  • Obituary – Julian Perry Robinson
  • Dr Frank Boulton on ‘Nuclear war and public health’
  • A selection of relevant articles

The newsletter can be found online here

Pugwash statement on the NPT Review Conference Postponement and Risks after the Pandemic 

The below is a Pugwash statement concerning nuclear problems and tensions in the time of COVID-19. This statement has been co-signed by an extensive list of Pugwash colleagues and personalities, including the President and Secretary General of International Pugwash (full list of names here).…

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POSTPONED – Non-Proliferation Treaty RevCon 2020 – British Pugwash discussion meeting

In light of government advice on COVID-19 and the fact that the NPT RevCon 2020 has been postponed, we have decided to postpone this event (possibly to next year).

We have also postponed the AGM of British Pugwash, which was supposed to precede this meeting.

Pugwash news in June: Iran visit, Prof Finney on killer robots, President on NPT

Item 1: Iran visit – International Pugwash visited Tehran (Iran) for a two-day meeting to discuss the JCPOA (the ‘Iran Deal’) – Meeting notes and photos here

Item 2: Killer robots – Professor John Finney, of the British Pugwash Trust, has written for Responsible Science about the risks of ‘killer robots’ and the UN’s COMEST Commissions work on the issue – here

Item 3: NPT update – International Pugwash President Sergio Duarte published a commentary about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – here

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Student Pugwashites attended arms control winter course in Italy (ISODARCO 2019)

Three members of Student/Young Pugwash UK attended the prestigious International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO), held in Trento, Italy from 6th to 13th January 2019.

ISODARCO is an annual, intensive course for scholars and practitioners, featuring high-profile lecturers from around the world.…