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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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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 the 63rd IAEA General Conference

VERTIC Executive Director Andreas Persbo, Programme Director Larry MacFaul, Senior Researcher Alberto Muti and Researcher Elena Gai attended the 63rd IAEA General Conference. The conference was a great opportunity to be informed on the most advanced instruments to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of safeguards implementation, safeguards and regional cooperation, as well as concrete future steps to advance gender balance in the nuclear field.  

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VERTIC mission to Senegal

On 18-19 March Senior Researcher Alberto Muti and Researcher Elena Gai visited Senegal where they presented a workshop on ‘Coordinating Stakeholders in Safeguards Reporting’.

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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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