2013 ISYP Conference, Istanbul

The Global Impact of National and Regional Security Issues

8th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference
Istanbul, Turkey, 30-31 October 2013

Report on Istanbul ISYP Conference

On the occasion of the 60th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Af airs “Dialogue, Disarmament, and Regional and Global Security” International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) invites students and young scholars from around the world to participate in an international conference that will address, from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective, the relationship between national, regional and global security focusing on the global impact of national and regional security issues (for example exploring the impact of recent developments in the Middle East) on a broad range of topics.

Istanbul groupISYP exists to provide the young generation an opportunity to demonstrate that it is capable of thinking in a new way to find opportunities for cooperation to end continuous or renewed conflict. The 8th ISYP Conference seeks to provide a space for young international security professionals and scholars to engage in a dialogue and exchange ideas concerning national, regional, and global security and interact with the Nobel Peace Prize winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. The 8th ISYP Conference will gather participants from various disciplinary backgrounds that are developing and have acquired the expertise necessary to understand, analyze and influence national, regional and global security. The conference will address the following issues:

  1. Regional distrust with global impact
    Turkey as a bridge between the Middle East and Europe. Iran’s role in regional and international security. The relationship between nuclear powers in South Asia. China, the United States, and the stability and security of the East Asia region.
  2. Nuclear energy and nonproliferation
    The risks arising from the proliferation of dual-use nuclear technology. The future of nuclear energy after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
  3. Nuclear arms control and disarmament
    The arms control and disarmament agenda of the world’s nuclear powers and the role of non nuclear states. Nuclear weapons free zones and Turkey’s role as a leader in the Middle East.
  4. The clash of civil society and state security
    The benefit and the extent and limits of social and civil society on security. Recent experiences in Iran, Egypt, Turkey and other states and regions. Pervasive surveillance, cyber security and the role of drones.
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