The Future Of Arms Control

Dossier: The future of arms control

Cooperative arms limitations and reductions in times of global change

The Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin held an international expert conference on the “Future of Arms Control”, jointly organized with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg.

Around 20 speakers from 13 countries and some 30 more practitioners and academics came together to discuss the conditions and options for modern arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

The conference debated what functions arms control can fulfill under the changing conditions of the 21st century as well as the interests of key actors. Additionally, the participants discussed how disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation instruments can be made more effective. 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation and the IFSH are now pleased to publish the conference proceedings. We thank our authors for the eclectic and fruitful contributions and hope to help continuing and deepening the important debate with this publication.

Gregor Enste, Anne Finger, Götz Neuneck

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    The future of arms control. International expert conference September 9-10, 2013

Proceedings of the conference

How Much Is Enough? Nuclear Expansions in South Asia

For three years, Pakistan has single-handedly – and successfully – blocked the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva from discussing an effort that would put a cap on fissile materials.

By Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy

U.S. Military Advantages and the Future of Nuclear Arms Control

The United States and Russia are implementing the New START Treaty, which requires that each side reduce to 1550 deployed strategic warheads on 700 deployed strategic missiles and bombers by 2018. The Obama administration would like to go further. Doing so, however, will require that Washington address several related issues, first and foremost missile defense.

By Steven Pifer

Weapons development and harmful arms proliferation

Ben Coetzee reminds "that the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons were left unchecked and unregulated until it reached a point where it is costing the world billions of dollars to mitigate the damage caused by these weapons."

By Ben Coetzee

Pursuing an Improved Nuclear Order in Difficult Times

The global system of nuclear security has many gaps and weaknesses. Des Browne points out why Russia is a key player and what needs to be concentrated on at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands in 2014.

By Des Browne

WMDFZ conference idea: What isn’t working, why, and what might have a chance

"At the heart of the problem is the existence of two competing logics for how arms control discussions in the Middle East should proceed: immediate focus on the elimination of Israel’s assumed nuclear weapons (Egypt’s view), or dealing first with the very problematic context of inter-state relations in the Middle East, creating essential channels of communication and dialogue, and establishing a basis of mutual confidence and trust (Israel’s view)."

By Emily B. Landau
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International Politics

After the end of the cold war foreign and security policies have been subject to rapid change. This development has been further accelerated after September 11. Traditional security policies such as deterrence and containment have been replaced by risk prevention, crisis intervention, and preemptive policy measures. Increasingly questions of foreign, security, and developmental policy have become intertwined. The debates surrounding the war on Iraq have brought to the surface tensions between the USA and Europe – as well as within Europe itself. Against this background we would like to continue the debates on the future of transatlantic relations - and this against the background of new security policy risks, crisis prevention, and preemptive policies.