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Trust & Verify No 156

In this issue, Madison Estes article ‘Rebuilding Trust through Verification Reinstatement in the INF, An Opportunity for Improving U.S.-Russia Relations,’ considers recent developments under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Plus: Verification Watch, Implementation Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes and VERTIC News.

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VB27: Defining a Group of Scientific Experts for Disarmament Verification

Effective nuclear disarmament verification is an essential precondition for achieving ‘a world without nuclear weapons’. Without verification and the two fundamental principles of transparency and irreversibility, nuclear disarmament activities may not credibly provide the trust and confidence needed by all states in a world where all weapons have been abolished.

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VERTIC holds two regional workshops on nuclear disarmament verification

VERTIC’s Verification and Monitoring Programme has completed two workshops aimed at gathering views on a prospective Group of Scientific Experts for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (GSE-NDV). The programme held the first workshop, for European states, in Vienna, Austria, on 11 and 12 April 2017. The second workshop, for African countries, was held outside Pretoria, South Africa, on 19 and 20 April 2017.

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VERTIC participates in regional and national kick-off meetings in Central Asia under EU CBRN CoE Project 53

VERTIC’s Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in a number of meetings, during 26 January through 3 February, under Project 53 of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative: “Strengthening The National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries”.

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