International nuclear diplomacy experts give evidence to Committee

20 February 2019

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on whether increasing tensions have damaged multilateral cooperation on nuclear issues, the Chinese and Russian positions on non-proliferation and disarmament, and how Western nuclear powers could better engage the other nuclear powers—including India, Pakistan and Israel—on nuclear issues.


Wednesday 20 February in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Dr Oliver Meier, Deputy Head, International Security Division, German Institute for International Affairs

At 11.30am by videolink

  • Dr Tong Zhao, Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Beijing

At 12.15pm by videolink

  • Dr Anastasia Malygina, Associate Professor, School of International Relations, St Petersburg University

Issues to be discussed include

  • How should European Countries and the UK in particular, respond to changes to the United States' nuclear policy
  • How could Western nuclear powers better engage the other nuclear armed states India, Pakistan and Israel on issues of nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and risk reduction?
  • China's position on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament especially the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • What is Beijing doing to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula?
  • How important are nuclear weapons to Russia, and how has this changed since the end of the Cold War?
  • To what extent does the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty remain a priority for Russia?
  • To what extent has multilateral cooperation on nuclear issues, including in the P5, has been damaged as a result of increasing tensions between Russia and the West?

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