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Nuclear weapons abolition advocate gives evidence to Committee

13 February 2019

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on the underlying factors driving the increase in nuclear risk, the objectives of the treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and the potential steps nuclear-armed states could take to reduce nuclear risk.

Witnesses

Wednesday 13 February in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Ms Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Dr Nick Ritchie, Lecturer (International Security), University of York

Issues to be discussed include:

  • How would you assess the current level of nuclear risk, and to what extent has the risk of nuclear weapons use been increase in recent years? What are the underlying factors driving the increase in nuclear risk?
  • What are the objectives of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and how does it interact with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)?
  • what efforts are being made by proponents of the TPNW to engage nuclear-armed states?
  • How would you assess the role of the United Kingdom in global nuclear diplomacy?
  • What steps could nuclear-armed states (including non-NPT recognised states) take to reduce nuclear risk?

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