VERTIC participates in EU CBRN CoE Project 67 Regional Meeting in Albania

VERTIC’s Senior Legal Officer Yasemin Balci participated in the Regional Meeting of EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 67, held in Tirana, Albania during 5 and 6 November. She also presented on regional legislative trends at the National Focal Points Round Table Meeting that was held parallel to the project’s meeting. Project 67 focuses on CBRN waste management in South-East and Eastern Europe. The partner countries of the project are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. The Regional Meeting provided an opportunity for VERTIC to present on the legislative reports written with the partner countries. The other members of the Implementation Consortium discussed plans for training and technical workshops to be delivered under the project. The Project 67 Implementation Consortium consists of the following organisations: Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions Europe (SCJS Europe) – Belgium; Cranfield University – UK; International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) – Slovakia; Nuclear Decommissioning Company/Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť (JAVYS) – Slovakia; Military Institute of Chemistry and Radiometry (MICHR) – Poland; Public Health England (PHE, UK); and VERTIC – UK.

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The Curious Case of Marine Chain: The DPRK cyberscam behind a blockchain-powered maritime investment marketplace

The latest report by the UN Panel of Experts on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) published on 9 March 2019 documents the various ways in which North Korea has continued, over the past year, to evade and violate international sanctions under which it is prohibited from dealing with other States due to concerns about its nuclear weapons and missile technology programmes.

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The Hanoi Summit and its consequences

In Trust & Verify’s first Verification Watch article, Researcher Elena Gai writes about the Hanoi Summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-Un. Before one thinks about how to verify, it is essential to consider what to verify. While there has been some progress on denuclearisation, much more remains to be done.

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Science: a Force Multiplier for Disarmament

Last week, we published Trust & Verify No. 163. In the lead article, I write about science diplomacy as a concept and exemplifies this by looking at some relatively recent VERTIC experiences. Science diplomacy is starting to become studied in depth by the European Union, through Horizon 2020 and its S4D4C project. Science diplomacy is engrained in arms control, and especially so in verification. However, much work remains to bring it into an accepted multilateral framework.

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Our new website

Regular followers of our work will know that we’ve experimented with several ways in which we can bring Trust & Verify, as well as our opinions out to the broader community. In the past, we have struggled to do so effectively, but thanks to Tarek Atrissi design, we are now able to realise some of our aspirations.

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