9-я Конференция Международного студенческого и молодёжного Пагуошского движения "Контроль над вооружениями, разоружение и нераспространение: 70 лет после атомных бомбардировок Хиросимы и Нагасаки" (30-31 октября 2015 г., Нагасаки)
Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation:
70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings
9th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference
Nagasaki, Japan, 30-31 October 2015
On the occasion of the 61st Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs “Nagasaki’s Voice: Remember Your Humanity” International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) invites students, and young scholars and professionals from around the world to participate in an international conference that will address, from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective, the global impact of national and regional security issues on a broad range of topics.
ISYP exists to provide the younger generation a unique opportunity to reflect on and address the threat of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, as well as other sources of conflict. The 9th ISYP Conference seeks to provide a space for young professionals and scholars to engage in a dialogue and exchange ideas concerning national, regional, and global security and interact with the Nobel Peace Prize winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. The 9th ISYP Conference will gather participants from various disciplinary backgrounds that are developing and have acquired the expertise necessary to understand, analyze, and influence national, regional and global security. The conference will address the following issues:
1. The role of nuclear weapons in the world
The legacy of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The evolution of nuclear strategies and doctrines. The future of nuclear weapons in the 21st century, particularly in regional contexts (e.g. East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East).
2. Ways to reduce nuclear weapons
Prospects for a global legal ban and/or a nuclear weapons convention. Further nuclear reductions between the U.S. and Russia. The Ukrainian crisis and NATO’s nuclear policy. Addressing regional concerns such as North Korea, the Middle East WMDFZ, and an Arctic NWFZ. Role of international organizations to support disarmament efforts.
3. Verification and compliance with international treaties and agreements
Disarmament verification and monitoring – renewing efforts and novel approaches. Maintaining and strengthening existing regimes: compliance issues with the INF Treaty; the CWC, BTWC, and CTBT.
4. The next generation of arms control and disarmament experts
Inheriting the challenge – help the next generation of arms control experts learn and contribute to the debate on arms control. Different roles for policy makers, scientists and people with alternative backgrounds. Promote cooperation among different actors.
5. Energy, environment, and security implications
Nuclear energy in the 21st century: its role in energy security and its safety and security risks. Learn the right lessons from the Fukushima incident. Impact of increasing pressure of climate change on regional and global security.
The ISYP Executive Board and the organizers of the 9th ISYP Conference in Nagasaki, Japan, invite students and young professionals to submit applications to participate in this event. Both members and non-members of the ISYP network are invited to apply. Applicants are required to submit a paper abstract (and subsequently a paper in advance of the conference) that addresses a topic in at least one of the five areas mentioned above. To apply please complete the application form. The application requires contact information, an up to 500-word personal statement, and a 200-word abstract of the proposed paper and must be submitted no later than July 26, 2015. Successful applicants will be contacted by August 21, 2015.
On acceptance, participants are required to complete a paper of a high academic standard (no longer than 10 pages) and submit the paper to the organizers before October 15, 2015. Participants are expected to present their papers at the conference. Given the nature of this conference, paper abstracts will be weighed against the professional and/or academic background and qualifications of the applicants.
The participants of the ISYP conference are expected to participate (and will be included as full participants) in the 61st Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs “Nagasaki’s Voice: Remember Your Humanity” that takes place immediately following the ISYP conference (1-5 November 2015). The Pugwash Conference will feature working groups on the following themes (exact wordings may be subject to change):
1. Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
2. Concrete Steps Toward a Nuclear Weapon Free World
3. Working Groups on Regional Disputes in Areas Where Nuclear Risks Are Present
Regional Working Group 3A: Europe
Regional Working Group 3B: Middle East
Regional Working Group 3C: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
Regional Working Group 3D: Northeast Asia
4. Risks of Civil Use of Nuclear Energy and the Question of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
5. Challenges of Advanced Technologies and the Social Responsibility of Scientists
The ISYP participants are asked to state their preference for working group attendance during the application process.
ISYP will cover the local costs of meals and accommodation for the duration of both the Student/Young and the senior Pugwash conference. The working language for both conferences will be English. Participants carry the responsibility to raise their own travel funds. There is a limited amount of funding available for participants from developing countries under exceptional circumstances to obtain partial travel assistance from the Pugwash organization. ISYP can assist candidates who are able to identify potential sources of funding for their travel expenses by providing additional information about the conference if needed. For selected participants that require an advance visa to travel to Nagasaki, Japan, ISYP and the local organizers will provide an invitation letter for your visa application.
Please direct all additional information and general inquiries to: ISYP-Board: email@example.com