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

Detailed Program

The presentations kindly provided by the lecturers can be downloaded clicking on the names evidenced in dark yellow.

Sunday 7 January 2018

Arrival and registration

Monday 8 January 2018

09:00 – 09:30     Session 1: Introduction to the Course
Carlo Schaerf – ISODARCO School Director
Francesca Giovannini – American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy – Course Director

09:30 – 11:00     Session 2 – Chair: Francesco Calogero – Secretary: Francesca Silvestri
The Fundamentals of Nuclear Strategy
Steve Miller – Kennedy School, Harvard University (Course Director)

16:30 – 18:00     Session 3 – Chair: Paolo Foradori – Secretary: Paolo Recaldini
Strategic Stability: International perspectives
Stability in a state of flux
Alexei Arbatov – Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, IMEMO, Moscow
Strategic Stability: A Chinese perspective
Tong Zhao – Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Beijing
Leading or Leaving: The united states in the global nuclear order
Heather Williams – Defence Studies Department, King’s College London

18:15 – 19:45     Session 4 – Chair: Alessandro Pascolini – Secretary: Giacomo Cassano
Emerging technologies: How does it affect Strategic Stability?
Carl Robichaud – Carnegie Corporation of New York
21:30 – 23:00     Movie Night

Tuesday 9 January 2018

09:00 – 10:30     Session 5 – Chair: Martin Malin – Secretary: Katrin Heilmann
An introduction to machine learning and AI and a brief discussion on their relevance in the global order
Marco Schaerf, Sapienza University of Rome

16:30 – 18:00     Session 6 – Chair: Diego Latella – Secretary: Alina Rozmamedova
Technological Threats to the NPT regime
Tariq Rauf, Former Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, Office reporting to the Director General, IAEA


18:15 – 19:45     Session 7 – Chair: Bruce Larkin – Secretary: Maikael Thomas
The Dual Use Problem in Nuclear Science and Technology: Philosophical and Ethical Aspects
Behnam Taebi, Delft University of Technology
21:30     Party

Wednesday 10 January 2018

09:00 – 10:30     Session 8 – Chair: Nadia Arbatova – Secretary: Eric Wallace
Entanglement and the risk of nuclear escalation: The case of India and Pakistan
Manpreet Sethi, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi

16:30 – 18:00     Session 9 – Chair: Francesca Giovannini – Secretary: Dilek Kalayci
Entanglement: Strategic Stability and Air-Space Warfare
Alexei Arbatov, Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, IMEMO, Moscow

18:15 – 19:45     Session 10 – Chair: Katrin Heilmann – Secretary: Elena Amoroso
The Effects of Autonomous Weapons on International Peace and (Strategic) Stability
Frank Sauer – Bundeswehr University, Munich

Thursday 11 January 2018

09:00 – 10:05     Session 11 – Chair: Aylin Gürzel – Secretary: Johannes Berthold
The present and future of cyber security
Beyza Unal, Chatham House, London

10:05 – 11:05     Session 12 – Chair: Judith Reppy – Secretary: Leonardo Russo
Missile Defense System
George Nacouzi, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica
11:15 – 12:15     EXTRA ACTIVITY Seminar/Open discussion
Rethinking autonomy: delving deeper in military automation, Chinese AI and nuclear risks
Proponents: Rose TenyotkinAlexander Velez-GreenMaaike Verbruggen

16:30 – 18:00     Session 13 – Chair: Mirco Elena – Secretary: Zyad Bendouro
The Perils and Prospects of Drone Proliferation
Sarah Kreps, Cornell University

18:15 – 19:45     Session 14 – Chair: Danielle Jablanski – Secretary: Endrit Jonuzi
Understanding how the military adapts and drives the technology revolution in military affairs
Scott Smitson, US Army

21:30 – 23:00     Session 15 – Chair: Matthew Evangelista – Secretary: Melis Ege Kunt
Career session understanding what options for a career in nuclear analysis
Carl Robichaud, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Martin Malin, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Friday 12 January 2018

09:00 – 11:00     Session 16 – Chair: Carlo Trezza – Secretary: Manit Shah
Preventing Illicit Trade In Nuclear and Dual-Use Technology
Martin Malin, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
3D printing and the risk of nuclear proliferation
Tristan Volpe, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey

11:15 – 12:15     EXTRA ACTIVITY Seminar
The French spent fuel reprocessing industry and the economic viability of the closed fuel cycle
Proponents: Ryan T. Brown
14:30 – 16:00     EXTRA ACTIVITY Movie Show
Proponents: Marzahan Nurzhan

16:30 – 18:00     Session 17 – Chair: Steven Miller – Secretary: Marzhan Nurzhan
Nuclear Disarmament: Is it achievable and is it desirable? International Perspectives
Alyn Ware, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Basel
Nadia Arbatova, European Political Studies, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow
Francesco Calogero, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

18:15 – 19:45     Session 18 – Chair: Laura Reed – Secretary: Elena Batani
Seeking nuclear primacy? The US Nuclear Posture in Era of Trump and Rising Nationalism
Stephen I. Schwartz, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey

21:30 – 23:00     Session 19 – Chair: Francesca Giovannini
What has inspired you, intrigued you and interested you the most during this week? And how do you intend to use this knowledge in your current or future academic and policy career?

Saturday 13 January 2018

09:00 – 10:30     Session 20 – Chair: Giampiero Giacomello – Secretary: Andrea Briglia
Emerging Technologies and Arms Control
Amy Nelson, Robert Bosch Stiftung

10:45 – 12:15     Session 21 – Closing Session Secretary: Alexandra Goman
Evaluation of the Course and Suggestions for the Future
Francesca GiovanniniSteve MillerCarlo Schaerf

Sunday 14 January 2018

06:00     Bus departs for Milan Airports