"The future of the NPT: Taking stock after the 2013 NPT PrepCom" by Prof Bill Potter

Past Event

22 May 2013, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Manor Road Building
University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

This seminar is hosted by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, an Oxford Martin School Institute

Speaker: Professor Bill Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Summary: Professor Bill Potter will be discussing the outcome of the most recent PrepCom for the NPT held in Geneva from 22 April–3 May 2013, and its wider implications for the future of the treaty and global non-proliferation regime. Prepcoms serve as important meetings in the run-up to the NPT Review Conferences, which occur every five years. The next NPT Review Conference will be held in 2015. At present, the NPT faces a number of important challenges, not least from countries like North Korea and Iran, but also in delivering on past promises, especially following the postponement of the 2012 Helsinki conference on the establishment of a Middle East WMD-free zone. Professor Potter will discuss these challenges in light of his own personal observations in attending the most recent NPT PrepCom.

Biography: Professor Bill Potter is Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He is a leading international expert and authority on nuclear proliferation, in particular as this relates to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Non- Aligned Movement, and the Middle East. His recent books include a highly praised Adelphi Paper with Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement (IISS, 2012) as well as a comprehensive two-volume study with Mukhatzhanova on Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century, published in 2010 by Stanford University Press.

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