The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will host a discussion on the International Relations Committee's report, 'Rising Nuclear Risk, Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty'.
Lord Howell of Guildford, Chairman of the Committee, will present the report’s findings. This will be followed by presentations from Sarah Price, Head of Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dr Heather Williams, Specialist Adviser to the Committee and Lecturer in the Defence Studies, King’s College London, and Cristina Varriale, Research Fellow, RUSI, and discussion moderated by Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, RUSI.
The report, published on 24 April, warned that the risk of nuclear weapons being used, through miscalculation, misunderstanding or mistakes, is greater now than it has been since the Cold War. There is a lack of understanding between nuclear possessor states on their respective nuclear doctrines and declaratory policies. It found that, largely as a result of the worsening security environment, global progress towards disarmament has stalled, and tensions between Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapon States regarding the pace of disarmament puts pressure on the existing non-proliferation regime in the run-up to the 2020 NPT Review Conference. The Committee called for an increase in dialogue and transparency between the Nuclear Weapon States and for these states to show a demonstrable commitment to disarmament.