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Dec 22 2014, 6:17 PM

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, and David Cliff, Researcher in the Verification and Monitoring Programme, participated in the Wilton Park conference "Nuclear non-proliferation: preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference" during 15-19 December. 

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Dec 16 2014, 6:14 PM
Legal Officer Sonia Drobysz joined UNLIREC and a 1540 Committee expert for a series of technical legislative work sessions and a national roundtable on strengthening the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) in Kingston, Jamaica, on 2-5 December 2014.
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Dec 10 2014, 10:06 AM

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Second Myanmar-US/UK Nonproliferation Dialogue in Yangon during 4-5 December.

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Dec 09 2014, 4:51 PM

VERTIC attended the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during 1-5 December in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weaons Convention held in the same week in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Nov 27 2014, 1:05 PM

A Chinese version of the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' is now available on the VERTIC website. The Kit was developed by VERTIC at the request of the Indonesian government, and presented by the Vice President to the third Nuclear Security Summit which took place in The Hague during 24-25 March.

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Nov 24 2014, 4:23 PM

This VERTIC report, commissioned by the Network for Social Change’s Remote Control project, analyses the impact of cyber assets and threats on states’ security strategies and international stability. The report aims to provide an introductory approach to the subject that can help inform the development of concepts, planning and policy-making on cyber security issues.

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Nov 19 2014, 4:58 PM

Hugh Chalmers, Researcher for the Verification and Monitoring Programme, gave a presentation on the implementation and verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to a roundtable organised by the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Nov 17 2014, 6:28 PM

In a new blog post kindly reposted from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Newsbrief, Hugh Chalmers discusses the challenges facing both Iran and the IAEA in resolving all past and present issues under their Framework for Cooperation.

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Nov 16 2014, 5:38 AM

On 3 November, representatives of the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom briefed the UN Security Council's 1540 Committee, at its 62nd formal meeting, on VERTIC's 'Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)'. The Guide was developed by VERTIC's National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, with generous financial support from Canada's Global Partnership Program and the UK Foreign Office's Strategic Programme Fund. 

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Nov 16 2014, 4:52 AM

Two chapters written by Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, have been included in the second version of 'The Chemical Weapons Convention: A Commentary'. The Commentary was published by Oxford University Press in August and is now available here. The editors are Walter Krutzsch, Eric Myjer, and Ralf Trapp.

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Nov 12 2014, 1:44 PM

Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), the third and final technical assistance visit of an international consortium to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines is taking place during the month of November 2014. 

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Nov 06 2014, 3:12 PM

To mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires UN member states to adopt measures to prohibit and prevent non-state actors from engaging in activities involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Chatham House organised an event on the resolution on Wednesday 5 November.

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Oct 28 2014, 6:17 PM
Legal Officer Sonia Drobysz participated in the 21st biennial meeting of the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 20-23 October.
 
 
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Oct 23 2014, 10:09 AM

VERTIC Research Assistant Alberto Muti presented to the IAEA Safeguards Symposium on VERTIC's assistance with national implementation of the Additional Protocol, and the database of national implementation approaches that has emerged from this work. 

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Oct 22 2014, 2:08 PM
Today, 22 October 2014, VERTIC Research Assistant Russell Moul presented to the IAEA Safeguards Symposium in Vienna on work undertaken as part of VERTIC's project on multilateral nuclear disarmament verification. 
 
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Oct 08 2014, 10:37 AM
Legal Officers Yasemin Balci and Sonia Drobysz participated in two workshops to draft implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention in Colombia and Mongolia.
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Oct 01 2014, 7:07 PM

In this issue, Hartwig Spitzer considers developments in the implementation of the Open Skies treaty, and how the agreement has functioned during the conflict in Ukraine. Plus: Verification Watch, Science and Technology Scan, Events and Publications, and VERTIC programme news.  

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Sep 16 2014, 7:50 PM

A Portuguese version of the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security is now available on the VERTIC website

 

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Sep 05 2014, 4:08 PM

VERTIC's Legal Officers Yasemin Balci and Sonia Drobysz participated in the Third EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference held in Brussels, Belgium this week.

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Sep 02 2014, 1:05 PM
On 1 September 2014 VERTIC's Executive Director Andreas Persbo presented on nuclear test-ban verification issues at the CTBT Public Policy Course in Vienna, Austria.
 
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Aug 19 2014, 3:59 PM
VERTIC's fact sheet on 'National Implementation Measures for the IAEA Additional Protocol' is now available in Arabic as well as English, French and Russian.
 
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Aug 04 2014, 5:54 PM

Yasemin Balci, Legal Officer, and Scott Spence, Acting Programme Director, are representing VERTIC at the Meeting of Experts to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) during 4-8 August in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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Jul 25 2014, 1:05 PM
In a new VERTIC blog post, Russell Moul and Alberto Muti examine a newly-developed 'zero-knowledge' approach to nuclear warhead verification.
 
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Jul 10 2014, 1:45 PM
VERTIC's fact sheet on 'National Implementation Measures for the IAEA Additional Protocol' is now available in Russian as well as English and French. 
 
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Jul 02 2014, 5:38 PM

Three weeks ago, VERTIC hosted a conference at Wilton Park examining arms control and disarmament verification.

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Jul 01 2014, 6:10 PM
In this issue, Gudrun Harrer looks back at the IAEA's nuclear inspection effort in Iraq in the 1990s. Plus: Verification Watch, Science and Technology Scan, Events and Publications, and VERTIC programme news.
 
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Jun 16 2014, 3:22 PM
VERTIC participated in an awareness-raising workshop for decision-makers and sharing best practices for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 9 and 10 June 2014. The event was followed by a legislative drafting assistance visit on 11 and 12 June.
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May 29 2014, 5:24 PM
In this week's blog post, NIM legal officer Sonia Drobysz writes about nuclear security developments discussed during the third session of the NPT PrepCom that took place in New York from 28 April to 9 May.
 

 

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May 14 2014, 10:45 AM
Last week, VERTIC senior researcher Hassan Elbahtimy and legal officer Sonia Drobysz attended the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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May 08 2014, 12:24 PM
Last week, VERTIC Researcher David Cliff participated in a pair of workshops on national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention, taking place in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
 
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May 08 2014, 9:45 AM

Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the United Nations highlighted the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' in his speech to the UN Security Council, during an open debate to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Resolution 1540 on 7 May.

 

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Apr 23 2014, 12:10 PM

On 25 March, VERTIC participated in a conference held at Cairo University on Egyptian approaches to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The conference was co-organised by the faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).

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Apr 02 2014, 6:13 PM
In this issue, David Cliff considers future verification challenges for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Plus: Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes and VERTIC News.
 
 
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Mar 25 2014, 5:41 PM

Vice-President Boediono of the Republic of Indonesia presented the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' to the Nuclear Security Summit today in The Hague. The Summit took place during 24-25 March.

 

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Mar 25 2014, 9:45 AM

In today's blog post, Scott Spence, Acting Programme Director for National Implementation, writes about Indonesia's contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this week - a 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security'. For more, click here.

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Mar 24 2014, 5:44 PM

On 18 March, the Malawian government organised an awareness-raising workshop on national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) in collaboration with VERTIC. Malawi signed the BWC in 1972, but did not ratify it until April last year. Since ratification of the Convention, Malawi has proceeded with taking important steps to implement the BWC at the national level, including the organisation of this workshop for government officials from various ministries and agencies. 

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Mar 24 2014, 10:49 AM
Scott Spence, Acting Programme Director for National Implementation, represented VERTIC at several events related to the Nuclear Security Summit taking place in The Hague during 24-25 March.
 
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Mar 14 2014, 4:24 PM
VERTIC organised a two-day workshop in Dakar, Senegal as part of its Additional Protocol Project. The workshop was titled: ‘Facilitating the adoption and implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol in Senegal’ and took place on 10 and 11 March 2014.
 
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Mar 13 2014, 4:41 PM
VERTIC's David Keir, who heads the organisation's Verification and Monitoring programme, is featured in the current issue of the ESARDA Bulletin (No. 50) with an article on nuclear disarmament verification.
 
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Mar 07 2014, 6:00 PM

From 1-4 March, VERTIC Senior Researcher Hassan Elbahtimy took part in a conference organised by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, on the history of NPT negotiations. The conference was titled ‘The Making of a Nuclear Order: Negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’ and investigated the motives, intentions, incentives and disincentives that shaped the decisions of specific governments to be part of, or refuse participation in the new regime.

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Mar 07 2014, 5:58 PM
On 27 February 2014, VERTIC Senior Researcher Hassan Elbahtimy led a seminar on verification for Masters students at King’s College London. The session was titled the ‘Science and Politics of Verification’ and was part of a graduate course on ‘Current Issues in Science and Security.’ The course is offered for students studying non-proliferation in the chemical, biological and the nuclear fields.
 
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Mar 06 2014, 3:32 PM

Yesterday (5 March), the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security (Kit) developed recently by VERTIC at the request of the Indonesian government—to assist countries in implementing nuclear security-related legislation—was featured as a highlight in a new joint report by the Arms Control Association and the Partnership for Global Security.

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Feb 28 2014, 3:56 PM
In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz discusses recent thefts of radioactive material in Mexico and Georgia and highlights the importance of adopting national implementation measures to secure such materials wherever they may be. 
 
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Feb 25 2014, 7:02 PM
In the new VERTIC blog post, Russell Moul looks at global efforts to boost preparedness against disease outbreaks spread by dangerous pathogens.
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Feb 25 2014, 6:37 PM

Nepal, together with UNRCPD (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the Regional UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific) and the BWC Implementation Support Unit, organized a workshop on the national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). The workshop was held in Kathmandu from 20 to 21 February 2014. 

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Jan 21 2014, 7:00 PM

When the six powers and Iran announced in Geneva on November 24, 2013 that they had agreed to an “initial step” toward comprehensive resolution of the nuclear crisis, some critics glumly predicted that a final deal would never materialize. It was more likely, they asserted, that Western states keen to curb Iran’s nuclear program would face ever-greater pressure to lift sanctions, fortifying Iran’s resolve to resist long-term limits on sensitive nuclear activities. Ultimately, according to this dusky scenario, Iran would outlast its adversaries, sanctions would wither, and Iran would emerge with a rejuvenated economy and with its nuclear program back on track.

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Jan 20 2014, 6:14 PM
Last week, VERTIC Researcher David Cliff travelled to Beijing, China, to present on future verification challenges in the realm of nuclear arms control and disarmament.
 
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Jan 06 2014, 8:04 PM
In this issue, Mark Hibbs considers the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the 'P5+1' late last year. Plus: Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan and VERTIC News.
 
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