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 6 January 2019

Arrival and registration

Monday 7 January 2019

09:00 – 09:30     Session 1 – Secretary: Francesca Silvestri
Introduction to the Course
Carlo Schaerf – ISODARCO School Director
Steve Miller, Course Co-Director

09:30 – 11:00     Session 2 – Chair: Alessandro Pascolini – Secretary: Francesca Silvestri
The Fundamentals of Nuclear Strategy
Steven Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard Kennedy School

16:30 – 18:00     Session 3 – Chair: Wolfango Plastino – Secretary: Elena Batani
The Global Nuclear Order: Understanding the Role of Arms Control and Nuclear Non Proliferation
Nina Tannenwald, Director of the International Relations Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Providence, RI, USA

18:15 – 19:45     Session 4 – Chair: Francesco Calogero – Secretary: Mawell Downman
Why Arms Control: the Perspective from the US
Jon Wolfsthal, Former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs; Director of the Nuclear Crisis Group, Washington DC, United States

21:30 – 23:30     Session 5
Movie Night: Command & Control

Tuesday 8 January 2019

09:00 – 10:30     Session 6 – Chair: Sérgio Duarte – Secretary: Hannah Goerlic
The Origins of Arms Control in the Euro-Atlantic Region and Lessons for Today
William Alberque, Director of NATO Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Center, Brussels, Belgium

16:30 – 18:00     Session 7 – Chair: Diego Latella – Secretary: Sara Ouirhran
Arms Control and Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Paolo Foradori, Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of International Studies of the University of Trento, Italy

18:15 – 19:45     Session 8 – Chair: Mirco Elena – Secretary: Nicolas Ayala Arboleda
China and Arms Control
Tong Zhao, Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Beijing, China

21:30 – 23:30     Session 9 – Secretary: Elia Gerola
Gender and the Nuclear Weapons State: A Group Discussion
Moderator: Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vienna, Austria
Opening remarks: Karim Kamel, Program assistant with the International Peace & Security Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York, NY, USA
To follow: group discussion

Wednesday 9 January 2019

09:00 – 10:30     Session 10 – Chair: Aylin Gurzel – Secretary: Sarah Palazot
Prospects for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Washington DC, USA

16:30 – 18:00     Session 11 – Chair: Eve Trezza – Secretary: Keaton Gallahe
Do We Have a Global Proliferation Crisis? Explaining Why States Choose to Acquire Nuclear Weapons
Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway

18:15 – 19:45     Session 12 – Chair: Lyndon Burford – Secretary: Jacopo Polverino
The NPT regime: Strengths and Weaknesses
Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vienna, Austria


21:30 – 23:30     Session 13 – Secretary: Andrea Briglia
A Nuclear Just War? Reflections on the Main Ethical Issues Posed by Nuclear Weapons
Mauro Oliva, Master on Organizations Management and Church Social Doctrine, University of Rome “T.V.”, Rome, Italy, in conversation with Matt Evangelista, President White Professor of History and Political Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Thursday 10 January 2019

09:00 – 10:30     Session 14 – Chair: Tariq Rauf – Secretary: Lindsay Ran
Linking Proliferation and Arms Control: Understanding Regional Nuclear Orders
Ambassador Sergio Duarte, President of Pugwash; Former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Brasilia, Brazil

16:30 – 18:00     Session 15 – Chair: Laura Rockwood – Secretary: Félicie Jarny
Reflections on the JCPOA
Ambassador Ali Soltanieh, Former Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Teheran, Iran
Karim Kamel, Program assistant with the International Peace & Security Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York, NY, USA

18:15 – 19:45     Session 16 – Chair: Allan Myer – Secretary: Fiorella Varga
The Role of Civil Society in advancing the goal of a world free of nuclear weapoms: The experience of Pugwash
Paolo Cotta Ramusino, Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

21:30 – 23:30     Session 17 – Secretary: Benjamin Kellog
Career session: Understanding what Options for a Career in Nuclear Analysis: A Group discussion
Moderator Karim Kamel, Program assistant with the International Peace & Security Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York, NY, USA
***All lecturers are invited to participate in the session, to share with the students career and professional advices.

Friday 11 January 2019

09:00 – 10:30     Session 18 – Chair: Francesca Silvestri – Secretary: Jesse Peter
Arms Control in South Asia
Manpreet Sethi, Senior Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi, India

10.45 – 12.15     Extra Activity n. 1
Artificial Intelligence, Vulnerabilities and Autonomous Weapons
Seminar, Diego Latella

14.30 – 16.00     Extra Activity n. 2
Movie: “La scelta. La scienza senza confini di Edoardo Amaldi”
(Proposed by Lodovica Clavarino)

16:30 – 18:00     Session 19 – Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick – Secretary: Matilde Castriotta
Arms Control in South Asia
Mansoor Ahmed, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

18:15 – 19:45     Session 20 – Chair: Bruce Larkin – Secretary: Andrew Gibson
The Nuclear Disarmament Machinery: Instruments, Policies and Opportunities
Tariq Rauf, Former Head of Verification and Security Policy; Alternate Head of NPT Delegation, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria
21:30     Party!

Saturday 12 January 2019

09:00 – 10:30     Session 21 – Chair: Mieke Massink – Secretary: Francesca Silvestri
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty: Challenges and Opportunities
Ambassador Carlo Trezza, Former Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; Former Chairman of the Missile Technology Control Regime, UN; Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome, Italy

10:30 – 12:00     Session 22 – Closing Session – Secretary: Lodovica Clavarin
Evaluation of the Course and Suggestions for the Future
Steve MillerCarlo Schaerf

16.30 – 18.00     Extra Activity n. 3
Atoms for Peace: Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions
Seminar, Wolfango Plastino

Sunday 13 January 2019

06:00     Bus departs for Milan Airports