Since 1966 – International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts – Italian Pugwash Group

25th ISODARCO Summer Course

Famagusta (Cyprus) 10 – 15 July 2017

International Security in the Evolving Political and Technological Environment

Director of the Course: Aylin Gürzel (Department of Political Science and International Relation, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus)


Changing dynamics in the new political landscape and scientific discoveries and technological advances are producing a new qualitative arm race, which is changing the battlefield and the nature of war. The New Cold War (Cold War II) refers to a renewed state of military and political tension and the potential of a renewed arms race between opposing geostrategic and geopolitical power-blocs. In this context, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction present new risks and challenges. Developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, computers and networks suggest new forms of warfare that are being tested already in several local and asymmetric conflicts with new problem of attribution and proper responses. Unmanned weapons with independent decision making capabilities might appear in actual combat posing new moral and legal dilemmas to the fractured international community. This 25th ISODARCO Summer Course aims at understanding this novel situation and will try to examine what kind of Arms Control Regimes could be studied and introduced.