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VERTIC attends the Chemical Weapons Convention’s 24th Conference of States Parties

VERTIC participated in the 24th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention this week. The Convention’s States Parties gather in The Hague, the Netherlands every year for this conference to oversee the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, promote the Convention’s objectives, and review compliance with the treaty.

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VERTIC at the Moscow Non-Proliferation Conference

On November 7-9 Researcher Elena Gai took part in the Moscow Non-Proliferation Conference. Every two years the Conference gathers hundreds of experts and officials from government, international organisations and NGOs to tackle the most pressing challenges in the non-proliferation field. The Conference featured presentations on the future of the non-proliferation regime and the priorities of Russia’s arms control policy, the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the JCPOA.    

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New Opportunity: Executive Director

After 10 years our Executive Director has stepped down. A new Executive Director will work closely with the Board and the senior management team to ensure the organisation can continue to evolve in the current climate and is fit for purpose. VERTIC seeks an individual with outstanding leadership, management and communication skills. This is a great opportunity to lead the critical work and mission of VERTIC in a wider international relations context. Please see here for details.

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VERTIC hosts tabletop exercise on UN Secretary General Mechanism investigations of alleged biological weapons use

On 31 October – 1 November 2019, VERTIC ran a table-top exercise on investigations of alleged use of biological weapons under the UN Secretary General Mechanism (UNSGM). The exercise aimed at identifying practical challenges that a deployed UNSGM investigation team may face, and explore possible strategies to mitigate and overcome them. In particular, the exercise focused on cooperation, coordination and communication issues between the UNSGM investigation team and other national and international stakeholders, such as law enforcement and national security authorities, public health bodies, international humanitarian relief organisations, other UN agencies, and international expert communities.

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VERTIC at conference on Global Strategic Stability and Nuclear Cooperation in China

On 15-16 October, Programme Director Larry MacFaul participated in the conference ‘Maintaining Global Strategic Stability and Promoting International Nuclear Cooperation’. The 16th PIIC PIIC meeting on International Security was organised by the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, Program for Science and National Security Studies  and Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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VERTIC hosts seminar on ‘scientific and technological capacity for disarmament and non-proliferation’ in New York

On 16 October, VERTIC, together with United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), hosted a seminar on ‘Scientific and technological capacity for disarmament and non-proliferation’. The seminar took place in New York at the United Nations Headquarters during the second week of the United Nations General Assembly’s 2019 First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

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VERTIC at the 2019 Science, Peace and Security conference in Darmstadt, Germany

On 25-27 September, VERTIC participated in the 2019 Science, Peace and Security conference in Darmstadt, Germany. Attended by Senior Researcher Dr Grant Christopher, the conference included over 100 participants from eight difference countries presenting on current research on the interdisciplinary challenges and solutions to questions of international security, the creation of peace and transparency-and trust-building measures, arms control, disarmament and conflict management. On Friday 27th Dr Christopher presented his paper to participants on the impact of 3D printing on the military in a session on New Technologies and Arms Control.

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