What's New in INES, 1. February 2012
- Call for proposals: INES is looking for candidates for the Executive Committee.
- Who of the INES members will be going to the Rio+20 conference? Please contact the INES office. We would like to gather and offer workshops and/or side events.
- INES at the NPTPrepCom
- The real & propaganda war against Iran is on.
Interview with Ph.D., John Scales Avery
- Rio+20 Zero Draft Outcome Document released
- Guatemala ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty (CTBT)
- Pentagon’s New Strategic Guidance. Summary of Content & Implications Prepared by Joseph Gerson
- Indian Army Chief: Nukes Not For Warfighting
By Hans M. Kristensen (FAS)
- New U.S. Global Military Strategy could hint at future moves to reduce dependence on tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
By Chris Lindborg
- Beyond the UK: Trends in the Other Nuclear Armed States.
Briefing by the BASIC Trident Commission
- Support for a disarmament treaty
- Quo Vadis, Ecosystem? Scenarios as a Tool for Large-Scale Ecological Research
- Achievement: The University of Bremen keeps its Civil Clause
- War Profiteers' news January 2012 has been published
- GDAMS Newsletter with data on nmilitary spendings
- Budget Blunder: “No Cuts” in Nuclear Forces
By Hans M. Kristensen
Call for proposals: INES is looking for candidates for the Executive Committee. Elections will be held at INES Council meeting in Vienna, Austria on 28.-29. April 2012. Please send nominations to the INES office by March 14, 2012. We encourage especially young people and women to be nominated!
INES at the NPT PrepCom
In cooperation with the International Peace Bureau, the World Future Council, the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, INES holds five side events at the NPT PrepCom between 30. April and 7. May. All speakers and short descriptions of the workshops can be found on the INES website: www.inesglobal.com/events-2012.phtml#cpid1720
- Nuclear deterrence and climate change, 10:00 - 13:00
- The role of science in nuclear and military-related research and technology
15:00 - 18:00
- Nuclear weapons convention, 15:00 - 18:00
- The modernization of the nuclear arsenals - a new arms race? 15:00 - 18:00
- Nuclear weapons in europe and nuclear sharing,10:00 - 13:00
The real & propaganda war against Iran is on.
Interview with Ph.D., John Scales Avery
This video is a wonderful and heartening interview with John Avery, who gives us both knowledge and hope to avoid the current real danger of war, including nuclear war.
John Avery is an INES Council member and was part of a group associated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is chairperson of the Danish Peace Academy, and the author of numerous books.
See the interview with TV Street Space Copenhagen here: www.youtube.com/watch
Rio+20 Zero Draft Outcome Document released
The zero draft outcome document – the official document to be negotiated by United Nations Member States in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) – has been released. Although the text will be extensively negotiated in the coming months and will most likely be modified, the zero draft in its current stage reaffirms Member States commitment to work together for a prosperous, secure and sustainable future for both people and the planet, including by eradicating hunger, want, and all forms of poverty; by committing to make progress on already internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and by enhancing cooperation. More information here: www.un-ngls.org/spip.php
Guatemala ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty (CTBT)
Guatemala has reaffirmed its long-standing support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by ratifying the Treaty. The number of ratifications now stands at 156; while a total of 182 States have signed the Treaty.
To read the presse release visit: www.ctbto.org/press-centre/press-releases/2011/press-release-guatemala-ratifies-the-comprehensive-nuclear-test-ban-treaty-ctbt/
Pentagon’s New Strategic Guidance. Summary of Content & Implications
Prepared by Joseph Gerson
In early January the Obama Administration released the Pentagon’s new Guidance, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. Designed less to cut U.S. military spending that to reorder Pentagon priorities to ensure full spectrum dominance (dominating any nation, anywhere, at any time, at any level of force) for the first decades of the 21st century. As President Obama himself said, after the near-doubling of military spending during the Bush era, the Guidance will slow the growth of military spending, “but...it will still grow:, in fact by 4% in the coming year.”Read on.
Indian Army Chief: Nukes Not For Warfighting
By Hans M. Kristensen (Federation of American Scientists, FAS)
India’s nuclear weapons “are not for warfighting,” the chief of India’s army said Sunday at the Army Day Parade. The weapons have “a strategic capability and that is where it should end,” General V. K. Singh declared.
The rejection of nuclear warfighting ideas is a welcoming development in the debate over the role of nuclear weapons in South Asia. Pakistan’s military’s description of its new snort-range NASR missile as a “shoot and scoot…quick response system” has rightly raised concerns about the potential early use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.
NASR is one of several new nuclear weapon systems that are nearing deployment with warheads from a Pakistani stockpile that has nearly doubled since 2005.
India is also increasing its arsenal and already has short-range missiles with nuclear capability: the land-based Prithvi has been in operation for a decade, and a naval version (Dhanush) is under development. But India’s posture seems focused on getting its medium-range Agni II in operation, developing longer-range versions to target China, and building a limited submarine-based nuclear capability. Read on here:www.fas.org/blog/ssp/category/hans_kristensen
New U.S. Global Military Strategy could hint at future moves to reduce dependence on tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
By Chris Lindborg
President Barack Obama made an historic visit to the Pentagon on January 5, 2012 to deliver his remarks on the release of the United States’ “New Global Military Strategy”. During the two-part press conference, he and other defense leaders carefully chose their words to forewarn other American policymakers that big changes will be coming to the U.S. military, and that allies should be ready for big changes too. Read on here: www.basicint.org/news/2012/new-us-global-military-strategy-could-hint-future-moves-reduce-dependence-tactical-nuclear
Beyond the UK: Trends in the Other Nuclear Armed States
This first BASIC Trident Commission briefing by Dr. Ian Kearns from October 30, 2011 outlines recent worrying developments in the nuclear force structures of the world’s nuclear armed states. It argues that “the evidence points to a new era of global nuclear force modernisation and growth”.
It presents evidence that:
- Despite all the recent disarmament rhetoric, there is no evidence that any of the currently nuclear armed states are actively contemplating a future without nuclear weapons;
- The potential for nuclear weapons use is growing;
- Major development or nuclear force modernisation programmes are underway in India, China, the US, Russia, and Pakistan. Israel is on course to develop an inter-continental ballistic missile; India is developing a whole suite of new missiles with longer ranges; Several states are trying to build smaller nuclear warheads for tactical use;
- If anything, the evidence points to new nuclear arms races and a huge amount of money (hundreds of billions of US$) being spent over the coming decade;
- Despite the need for major powers to cooperatively address the challenges of globalisation, nuclear deterrence thinking is still very evident in the defence policies of all the major powers; and
- The New START treaty, while a welcome return to arms control, has a number of loopholes meaning that its affect on disarmament is minimal.
Download the full briefing here: www.basicint.org/sites/default/files/commission-briefing1.pdf
Support for a disarmament treaty
Three-quarters of all nations support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon’s proposal for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons, according to a study released last week by ICAN. The report was released one week after the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was moved one minute closer to midnight in response to growing nuclear dangers around the world and a lack of progress towards nuclear abolition. “The vast majority of nations believe it is time to ban nuclear weapons in the same way that biological and chemical weapons have been banned,” said Tim Wright, an ICAN campaigner and the author of the study. Download the study: www.icanw.org/positions
Quo Vadis, Ecosystem? Scenarios as a Tool for Large-Scale Ecological Research
As European leaders struggle to avert a second recession a new study finds that future economic growth and the sustenance of the continent’s ecosystem services may be incompatible, unless political priority setting focuses on sustainable development with a special emphasis on biodiversity conservation. The research, published in a special issue of Global Ecology and Biogeography , combines socio-economic, land use, climate and biodiversity models with other approaches to consider three possible routes for the future of Europe’s economy. The scientists explore the multiple impacts on biodiversity within the next century. Free Access at the Journal URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geb.2012.21.issue-1/issuetoc
On January 25th, the highest body of the University of Bremen decided to keep the Civil Clause from 1986.
Peace research is now an explicit objective of the university. "Research, that could serve military purposes has to be discussed publicly and has to be rejected." See some articles in German Newpapers here: www.inesglobal.com/commit-universities-to-peace.phtml#cpid2030
War Profiteers' News, No. 32 has been published. To read about the War Profiteer of the Month: Unisys Corp or the Campaign of the Month: Banca Cívica sin armas (Civic banking without arms) please visit: wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers
Newsletter on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending
The January Newsletter informs about the global and regional trends in military spending and gives some initial steps towards planning your event! Read the Newsletter here: www.scribd.com/doc/79759559/GDAMS-Newsletter-Jan-2012
Budget Blunder: “No Cuts” in Nuclear Forces
By Hans M. Kristensen
“There are no cuts made in the nuclear force in this budget.” That clear statement was made yesterday by deputy defense secretary Ashton Carter during the Pentagon’s briefing on the defense budget request for Fiscal Year 2013. Read on here: www.fas.org/blog/ssp/category/hans_kristensen
- 14.-15. February 2012: 45th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco
- 1. April 2012: NATO Game Over: International Direct Action, Brussels, Belgium
17. April 2012: Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
28.-29. April 2012: INES Council meeting, Vienna, Austria.
30. April - 11. May, 2012: NPT PrepCom, Vienna, Austria
18.-19. May 2012: NATO Counter Summit, Chicago, USA
2. June 2012, International Nuclear Abolition Day
8. - 10. June 2012: Countering the Militarisation of Youth, Darmstadt, Germany
20.-22. June 2012: Rio+20 Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22.-29. July 2012: NAPF Peace Leadership Program: summer workshop, Santa Barbara, California.