The article (after offering a brief introduction to the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament architecture for non-specialist audiences) delves into the synergies between European Greens and advocates for the Nuclear Ban treaty. It then goes further to place European Greens ‘in the driver seat’ of EU foreign policy, and raises some questions regarding reconciling Green ideals with foreign (specifically nuclear) policy demands.
Agency, Africa and the Atom
As part of The Third Nuclear Age project, Olamide in conjunction with the Managing the Atom project are reinvestigating African engagement with the global nuclear order.
Western-centric policymaking and scholarship tend to overlook the continent in discourse about the global nuclear order. Yet, upon closer investigation we find that African narratives, identities, and aspirations have had significant impact on the nuclear order from the Bandung conference, all the way to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Earlier this year, Olamide held a seminar at Harvard’s Belfer Center on ‘Agency, Africa and the Atom’, where the implications of the ‘single story’ of the African contribution to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament was discussed at length. This was followed by a Belfer Center panel discussion in March. Titled ‘Africa and the Atom: Rethinking African Agency in the Global Nuclear Order’, Olamide led a panel of experts in an in-depth conversation on the African nuclear narratives. The panelists were: Dr Hassan Elbahtimy (Kings College London), Dr Toni Haastrup (University of Stirling), Dr David Otwoma (Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Kenya) abd Dr Joelien Pretorius (University of the Western Cape)
The Inkstick special forum ‘Africa and the Atomic Bomb’, moves the conversation further, and features reflections from both the panellists and invited participants:
Prof Andrew Futter is on a panel at this event, taking place on 3rd February 2021.
Invitation to attend SCRAP’s webinar: Beyond Aegis: Strategic Stability and Emerging Technologies, on the 3rd February 2021 between 17:00-18:30 GMT
In November 2020, for the first time ever, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) was shot down by a U.S. warship: the Aegis Combat System. Such recent advancements in Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) systems and nuclear and conventional weapons pose a serious threat to global security.
How are emerging technologies shaping global security and stability? What implications do capabilities like the Aegis Combat System have for geopolitical dynamics? What changes in U.S. foreign policy can we expect to see with the Biden administration?
Our webinar is amongst the first to discuss the significance of the successful Aegis test for global stability. The webinar will explore the most recent developments in international relations alongside the politics and policies behind global security and powerful emerging technologies.
Mr Ankit Panda, Stanton Senior Fellow in Nuclear Policy
Ms. Eva-Nour Repussard, Researcher, SCRAP Weapons
Mr Eric Gomez, Director, Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Ms. Nancy Ehrenberg-Peters, Researcher, SCRAP Weapons
Professor Andrew Futter, University of Leicester
Mr Pavel Podvig, Director, Russian Nuclear Forces Project
Professor Dan Plesch, Director, CISD, SOAS