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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES, 7. June 2011

CONTENTS
NEWS
  • China's Nuclear Arsenal: Status and Evolution
  • New report: Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament: From Security Threats to Sustainable Peace
  • Immediate Ceasefire and Negotiations on a Roadmap for Peace in Libya. Statement of the INES Executive Committee
UPCOMING EVENTS
REPORTS FROM RECENT EVENTS
  • First combined international seminar and national conference on military research in Braunschweig, May 27.-29. 2011.
  • Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

BOOKS BY INES MEMBERS

The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, now being available in Europe.


NEWS


China's Nuclear Arsenal: Status and Evolution
The Chinese government is not trying to reach numerical parity with the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and does not have the nuclear material to do so, according to a briefing paper released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). China currently possesses a relatively small nuclear arsenal, with an estimated 155 nuclear warheads ready to be deployed on six types of land-based missiles.

Approximately 50 of its 155 missiles can reach the continental United States. The United States, by comparison, currently has more than 1,700 deployed nuclear warheads that can reach China.

The briefing paper points out that China, unlike the United States, does not deploy its warheads on its missiles. Instead, it stores the warheads separately until missiles are prepared for launch. For this reason, under the counting rules agreed to in the recently ratified New START treaty between the United States and Russia, the total number of Chinese nuclear weapons would be counted as zero.

To read the briefing paper click here.


Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament
From Security Threats to Sustainable Peace

The report examines the convergence of nuclear and climate change threats and its implications for global security. It is based on groundbreaking research by WFC Peace and Disarmament Working Group member and VICE Chair of the INES Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran of the University of Hamburg.
To read the press relase of WFC click here.
To download the 24-pages report click here.


Immediate Ceasefire and Negotiations on a Roadmap for Peace in Libya. Our support for the fight for democracy.
Statement of the INES Executive Committee

The continuing war in Libya shows unmistakably the dangers and impacts of a potentially long-lasting, bloody civil war. Military interventions from the air and from land intensify the bellicose actions: they are part of the war and not of a peaceful solution.

The catastrophe of a “second Afghanistan” can still be prevented.
International law should again be the guide to action. Questions remain regarding the compatibility of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 with the Charter of the United Nations. The double standards of NATO’s actions are evident.

Difficulties in realizing a ceasefire and the complexities of the road towards peace for Libya are challenges for the international community, for the United Nations, and for the forces for peace in general. To continue the war and the bombing will worsen the conflict with all its inhuman consequences.

Together with many governments and international organizations, like the African Union, we demand an immediate ceasefire and commencement of negotiations with all conflict parties on a peaceful solution for the future of Libya.
Cease-fire allows and is the pre-condition for humanitarian help, food support and human safety.

INES supports all peaceful and non-violent changes for democracy, freedom and (social) justice, like the national uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and others. We are supporting the people’s movement for freedom, independence and democracy. People should decide about their future without foreign intervention or repressions from dictators.


UPCOMING EVENTS

25. June, 2011:  Nuclear Abolition Day

1.-4. July, 2011:  59th Pugwash Conference.
European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Berlin/Germany

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW) as German Pugwash section will hold two workshops on 1. The responsibilities of scientists and 2.on climate change, resources and conflict prevention.

7.-15. July 2011: International Youth Meeting for a Culture of Peace in Varennes-Vauzelles and Garchizy, France conducted by Le Mouvement de la Paix.

3. - 9. August 2011
2011 World Conference against A and H Bombs

7.-13. August 2011
The future of food- summer acadmy.The nexus of food nutrition and conflicts. University of Kassel/Witzenhausen, Germany

9. - 14. August, 2011
European Academy for social Movements - Building our common Future - Developing alternatives for a better world
Conducted by the European Attac Network
Freiburg/Germany.

11.-12. August 2011
Severe Atmospheric Aerosol Events

Conference on pathways, impacts and policies on large aerosol injections into the atmosphere. Hamburg, Germany with panels on Life-cycle of large aerosol injections,
Environmental consequences, Socio-economic consequences and Policy implications.

22.-24. September 2011
Limits to the Anthropocene, International symposium, Hamburg/Germany


REPORTS FROM RECENT EVENTS

First combined international seminar and national conference on military research in Braunschweig, May 27.-29. 2011.

At this very successful conference the network against military research was founded. To see the program and read the presentation by Dr. Subrata Ghoshroy, Dr. Stuart Parkinson, Reiner Braun and others please click here.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

To watch an impressive overview about all activities of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending visit: http://demilitarize.org/event-reports/


BOOKS BY INES MEMBERS

The book, The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, now being available in Europe.

A collection of essays which provide historical perspective on nuclear weapons policy; explore the role of international law in furthering the prospects of nuclear weapons abolition; consider the obstacles to abolition; present a path to achieving a nuclear weapons-free world; and look beyond abolition to consider issues of post-abolition sovereignty and general and complete disarmament. In this collection scholars and policy analysts argue that humankind has a choice: either allow nuclear weapons to continue to proliferate throughout the world or move toward their complete elimination. The contributors provide historical perspective on nuclear weapons policy; explore the role of international law in furthering the prospects of nuclear weapons abolition; consider the obstacles to abolition; present a path to achieving a nuclear weapons-free world; and look beyond abolition to consider issues of post-abolition sovereignty and general and complete disarmament.

David Krieger (Edited by)
 9781412814904