VIDEO: Peace Workshops, SYP UK, March 2021

Students at SYP conferenceThroughout March, Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK ran a series of online ‘peace workshops’, bringing together international researchers and policy practitioners to discuss opportunities for international co-operation, arms control and peace.

Some of the sessions were recorded (below). Others were held under Chatham House rules.

Keynote: Dr Lassina Zerbo (Chief Exec, CTBTO), in conversation

Our keynote speaker was Dr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization.

He spoke about prospects for the CTBT and wider arms control, on Wed 17th March at 2pm GMT (UK).

Russia and the West: Opportunities for co-operation?

Wed 10th March // 2pm GMT (UK) // Chatham House rules

Speakers included:

  • Marion Messmer (BASIC, UK) – ‘Trust building between Russia and US: a necessary precondition for future cooperation’ – Bio here
  • Segei Rastoltsev (IMEMO, Russia) – ‘Post-Soviet Space Protracted Conflicts in the Russia-West Security Relations’ – Bio here
  • William Moon (Stimson Center, USA) – ‘Cooperative Nuclear Weapons Reductions – A New Paradigm to Roll Back Nuclear Weapons and Increase Security and Stability’ – Bio here

Cyber and digital technologies in warfare – Responsibility and control

Wed 17th March // 5pm GMT (UK)

Speakers included:

  • Shira Cohen (Israel SYP) – ‘Cyber arms race: From War Zones to Agreements’
  • Dr Lyndon Burford (KCL, UK) – ‘Blockchain in nuclear arms control verification’
  • Natalya Samoylovskaya (Russian SYP) – ‘Opportunities and challenges for EU and Russia cooperation in AI research and development’

The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) – Successes, values and omissions

Wed 24th March // 3pm GMT (UK)

Speakers included:

  • Dr Rebecca Johnson (ICAN UK) – ‘The Treaty and the campaign behind it’
  • Ekaterina Lapanovich (Ural Federal University, Russia) – ‘The Quest for Change: Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Norms and the Nuclear Ban’
  • Virginia Marie Kerr (Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA) – ‘Atomic Erasure: Visibility and Inclusion in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Weapons’

Nuclear arms control in 2021 and beyond

Wed 24th March // 5pm GMT (UK) // Chatham House rules

Speakers include:

  • Ezra Friedman (International SYP) – ‘The JCPOA 2.0 Conundrum’ 
  • Harry Spencer (Leicester University, UK) – Strategic Dilemmas for Nuclear Arms Control in the “New Era of Counterforce” 
  • Kanica Rakhra (Arms Control Negotiation Academy Fellow) – ‘Talking Past Each Other: Track 1 Nuclear Initiatives’

The workshops are held in the spirit of SYP UK’s Annual Conferences (here) and International SYP’s biennial conferences (here).