The nuclear security community is in crisis; the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to erase hard won progress on gender equity and inclusion. Research conducted by Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) shows that the pandemic is pushing women out of the workforce – a challenge that will worsen with time. Direct action is needed to support gender equity and inclusion and safeguard the future of the community.

Join the International Nuclear Security Forum and the GCNP for a briefing on GCNP’s research and findings showing the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the nuclear policy community, and a discussion of measures that can be taken to support gender equity and inclusion moving forward.

The youth population of the West Asia and North Africa region is exceedingly high. Youth have the potential to become agents of change and contribute to a more prosperous and stable future for themselves and their communities. However, this requires urgent and significant investment to create opportunities for meaningful learning, social engagement and work, all of which are currently limited.

This event seeks to provide a space for young people to reflect on and highlight actions that the international community should take to empower and support youth in West Asia and North Africa, in response to major global challenges such as COVID-19, refugee youth populations, violent conflict, and climate change; and to discuss what it means to be young today in West Asia and North Africa.

Co-sponsors: Stimson Center, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations, the West Asia North Africa Institute (WANA), the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, and Peace Child International.

The Stimson Center and the British Embassy Washington are pleased to invite you to a discussion with two distinguished Ambassadors on the urgent need to mobilize more climate finance to build resiliency, fund innovative nature-based projects, and sustain meaningful climate ambition beyond the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

As COP26 co-hosts, UK Ambassador Karen Pierce and Italian Ambassador Mariangela Zappia will offer perspectives on what we can expect as the world gathers to address the climate crisis. Increasing and sustaining international political commitments to adaptation and resilience building will be critical to our long-term success. Egyptian Ambassador Motaz Zahran will provide insights on how nations can build on international coalitions such as the Adaptation Action Coalition, in order to sustain momentum beyond COP26.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding global instrument to recognize and create obligations around the connection between arms transfers and gender-based violence (GBV). By requiring exporting States Parties to explicitly consider GBV in export assessments, the ATT creates a unique opportunity for States to meaningfully contribute to global efforts to reduce arms-related GBV. The fifth Conference of States Parties (CSP5) recommended actions relating to gender in the context of representation and participation in all future CSP meetings, increasing understanding of the gendered impact of armed violence in the context of the ATT, and implementing gender-based violence risk assessment criteria.

In advance of the eighth Conference of State Parties, this event will take stock of progress made, examine how subsequent CSP meetings have discussed gender, and assess what practical steps have or have not been taken to keep the momentum of CSP5’s decision moving forward. Discussions will also include reflections on the recent UNPoA gender outcomes at BMS7 and from licensing officers about the challenges, opportunities, and resources they find in their day-to-day work as it relates to gender and gender-based violence.

You’re invited to the book launch of “Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace: The Rise, Demise, and Revival of Arms Control,” by Stimson Co-founder Michael Krepon.

The geometry of nuclear competition has never been more complex. China’s nuclear force structure is growing rapidly. Russia and the United States have sloughed off treaties to facilitate freedom of action. Traditional arms control seems to be at an impasse. Some want nuclear prohibition; others demand ambitious agreements of far broader scope. The U.S. domestic consensus on treaty-making is broken. Arms control was the most significant unacknowledged diplomatic achievement of the Cold War, but it is now out of favor even as nuclear dangers rise. How did something so successful become so dispensable? Revival requires adaptation and ingenuity. Krepon details next steps and where we can go from here.

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Past Events

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center in this fourth in a series of discussions dissecting cyber issues as they relate to current and potential legal accountability: Cyber Accountability – Who did it? Is it wrong? Can they be stopped?

The increasingly tangible impact that the dissemination of online content may have on the offline world is leading to renewed calls for more stringent rules for online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Governments are considering different approaches to platform accountability, with the European Union and Brazil providing leading examples that can help inform debate.

The concluding conference of the “Iraq and its Neighbours” project, which was held in Brussels on the 13th and 14th of July 2021, brought together key stakeholders from Iraq and the region who had been involved in the project. Given the success of Iraq in hosting Iran-Saudi meetings in Baghdad and the overall regional trend toward de-escalation and détente, the conference dove into the evolving regional role of Iraq, how bilateral ties between Iraq and its neighbours have shifted, and whether the vision of Iraq as a center for regional dialogue remains a distant object or might be achievable in not-too-distant future.

In this South Asian Voices virtual roundtable, experts will discuss four proposed or progressing connectivity initiatives: the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, Gwadar and Chabahar Ports, and the North-South Corridor. They will explore geopolitical implications and future of each project, as well as the challenges in building regional connectivity.

The International Nuclear Security Forum is proud to present a country update describing how the United Kingdom’s nuclear security has evolved, featuring nuclear security expert Professor Christopher Hobbs (King’s College London).

This presentation will explore the United Kingdom’s approach to nuclear security, focusing on its evolving regulatory system, efforts to strengthen security culture within industry and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the presentation.

The Philippines faces security challenges from within –maintaining peace in Muslim Mindanao and managing armed insurgency by the Communist Party of the Philippines’–as well as in the contested waters of the South China Sea where Chinese aggression threatens Philippine territorial claims. Although the military alliance with the U.S. is viewed as key to sustaining Philippine defense capabilities by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Duterte administration has sent mixed signals about the U.S. alliance. Join us for a discussion with Ann Bajo and Greg Poling about the Philippines’ security problems from Manila’s perspective.

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