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

Detailed Program

Sunday 7 January 2024

Arrival and Registration

Monday 8 January 2024

9:00 – 09:30   Session 1   Introduction
Carlo Schaerf, Francesca Giovannini, Steven Miller

9:30 – 11:00   Session 2   Chair: Giuseppina Orlandini – Secretary: Barbara Pacetta
Fundamentals of Nuclear Strategy
Steve Miller, Harvard Kennedy School

16:30 – 18:00   Session 3   Chair: Mirco Elena – Secretary: Michaelyn Cornelius
What is new about today’s nuclear age?
Ankit Panda, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

18:15 – 19:45   Session 4   Chair: Alessandro Pascolini – Secretary: Cor Langera
The Ukraine War and the Future of Europe: is the death rumor over Europe’s security exaggerated?
Nadia Arbatova, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Science

21:30 – 23:00   Session 5   Chair: Carlo Trezza – Secretary: Ilenia Bruseghello
The Politics of Nuclear Weapons & Arms Control: Perspective from the United States
Andrew Reddie, Berkeley Risk and Security Lab, University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information

Tuesday 9 January 2024

9:00 – 10:30   Session 6   Chair: Francesca Giovannini – Secretary: Amanda Pereira
Russia’s Evolving Nuclear Policy and Multilateral strategic arms control: imperatives and options
Alexei Arbatov, Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations

16:30 – 18:00   Session 7   Chair: Allan Myer – Secretary: Zahraa Kapasi
The Nonproliferation Regime
Laura Rockwood, Former Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA

18:15 – 19:45   Session 8   Chair: Giovanni Gabassi – Secretary: Alessja Trama
AUKUS, nonproliferation and arms race
Tariq Rauf, Former Head of the Verification and Security Policy Office, reporting to the Director General at the IAEA in Vienna, from 2002 to 2011

21:30   PARTY!

Wednesday 10 January 2024

9:00 – 10:30   Session 9   Chair: Carl Robichaud – Secretary: Sebastian Brixey-Williams
Chinese Nuclear Policy
Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

10:45   Extra activity 1    proposed by Daniel Plesch
Strategic Conventional Counterforce

16:30 – 18:00   Session 10   Chair: Tariq Rauf – Secretary: Adelina Trolle Andersen
Nuclear Weapons in South Asia
Rabia Akthar, Director, Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Social Science
Ankit Panda, Stanton Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

18:15 – 19:45   Session 11   Chair: Francesco Calogero – Secretary: Ying Li
The endless Iran nuclear crisis
Nasser Hadian, University of Teheran

21:30 – 23:00   Session 12   Chair: Nasser Hadian – Secretary: Emma Visentin
Coping with the North Korean Bomb
Tariq Rauf, Former IAEA

Thursday 11 January 2024

9:00 – 10:30   Session 13   Chair: Tong Zhao – Secretary: Chiara Cervasio
Understanding nuclear decision-making in crisis through wargaming
Andrew Reddie, Berkeley Risk and Security Lab, University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information

14:30   Extra activity 2    proposed by Joel Christoph
Creating a Marketplace of Research Questions in Nuclear Studies & Security

16:30 – 18:00   Session 14   Chair: Daniel Plesch – Secretary: Joel Christoph
AI and strategic stability
Carl Robichaud, LongView Foundation

18:15 – 19:45   Session 15   Chair: Rabia Akhtar – Secretary: Larisa Saveleva Dovgal
Hypersonic Weapons
Alessandro Pascolini, University of Padua, Italy; ISODARCO

21:30 – 23:00   Session 16   Are you thinking about a nuclear career?
Interactive session moderated by Carl Robichaud, Longview Foundation

Friday 12 January 2024

9:00 – 10:30   Session 17   Chair: Giampiero Giacomello – Secretary: Mart van der Wal
The Role of Space
Markus Schiller, Associate, Princeton University and Space Consultant to the German Ministry of Defense and NATO

10:45   Extra activity 3    proposed by Ilenia Bruseghello: Open discussion
Turning points and public perceptions: how the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacted public opinion on nuclear weapons

14:30   Extra activity 4    proposed by Lodovica Clavarino
Documentary Film: “The choice. The borderless science of Edoardo Amaldi” (2018)

14:30   Extra activity 5    proposed by Andrew Reddie
Wargaming: Signal

16:30 – 18:00   Session 18   Chair: Paul Ingram – Secretary: Andrea Yuji Balestra
Advanced Technology and Nuclear Stability
Amy Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, Brookings Institution

18:15 – 19:45   Session 19   Chair: Paolo Foradori – Secretary: Irene Bazzechi
The future of Extended Deterrence: NATO in Europe and Beyond
Paul van Hooft, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

21:30 – 23:00   Session 20   Chair: Rabia Akthar – Secretary: Veerle Moyson
Behaviour-based approaches to nuclear arms control
Sebastian Brixey-Williams, Executive Director of BASIC
Chiara Cervasio,
Policy Fellow & Programme Manager, BASIC, London, UK

Saturday 13 January 2024

9:00 – 10:30   Session 21   Chair: Daniele Santi – Secretary: July Decarpentrie
Approaches to Nuclear Disarmament
Paul Ingram, Cambridge University

10:30 – 12:00   Session 22   Course evaluation and suggestions
Steven Miller and Carlo Schaerf

Sunday 14 January 2024

6:00   Bus departs for Milan Airports