10th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference: Call for applications

International Student/Young Pugwash will hold its 10th Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 23-24, 2017.

The conference aims to gather participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including science and technology and social sciences, who are developing the expertise necessary to understand and analyze key areas of international security. The ISYP Executive Board and the organizers of the 10th ISYP Conference invite students and young professionals to submit applications to participate in this event. Both members and non-members of the ISYP network are invited to apply.

Applicants are required to submit a paper abstract (and subsequently a paper in advance of the conference) that addresses a topic in at least one of the four areas below.

The conference will address the following issues:

1. Nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament
The arms control and disarmament agenda of the world’s nuclear powers and the role of non-nuclear weapon states; the nuclear ban treaty; issues relating to the status of the NPT and the challenges of the current nuclear order; nuclear weapons free zones and regional arms control debates; and the technical and societal challenges of arms control in all areas including technical and political verification.

2. Nuclear inheritance: Kazakhstan and Models for Disarmament
The legacy of nuclear inheritance and lessons to be learned from different country cases to strengthen efforts on disarmament and non-proliferation technical challenges and solutions to promote cooperation and transparency.

3. Emerging technologies and security threats
Cyber warfare and cyber security; climate change, natural resources and energy security; geo-engineering; non-nuclear technologies that challenge traditional understandings of nuclear and strategic security issues; the social responsibility of scientists developing new technologies; issues concerning non-state actors and extremism/fundamentalism; and a variety of other areas of international security such as drones and proxy wars.

4. Regional and International Conflicts and Prospects for Cooperation
Conflicts at national, regional or international level that threaten global security. Any study of cases of conflicts and prospects for cooperation in regions such as but not limited to the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and East Europe.

To apply please complete the application form. The application requires contact information, a 300-500-word personal statement, and a 250-word abstract of the proposed paper. Applications must be submitted no later than 31 May 2017.

Further information is in the full ISYP Call for applications 2017 [pdf]

New collection of articles: “Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament and Nonproliferation. 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings”

The collection of articles “Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament and Nonproliferation. 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings” has been published with the support of the National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations named after E.M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS) and the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of  the Russian Academy of Sciences.
A number of articles within the publication were presented as reports and communications at the 9th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference (Nagasaki, Japan, October 2015), and at the section “Nuclear policy, security and conflicts” organized by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) together with the Russian Pugwash Committee in the framework of the 9th Convention of the Russian International Studies Association (Moscow, Russia, October 2015).
Further information can be found at http://www.pugwash.ru/news/3722.html (in Russian)
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Call for applications: “Reassessing Beliefs and Belief Systems in the Middle East”; Conference in Cyprus, November 2016

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) will be holding a meeting organized jointly with the DCAF Centre of Geneva in November 2016: “Reassessing Beliefs and Belief Systems in the Middle East“.

A group of approximately 35 participants will contribute to discussions on regional security and forced migration (refugees, internal displacement). The conference will be held between November 25 and 26, 2016 in Cyprus. All sessions will be conducted in English and participants will be invited to prepare a presentation before the conference.

The conference organizers require that interested students and young professionals submit a statement of interest to participate in this event. The statement should briefly address the following questions:

  1. Please state the nature of your area of expertise / main field(s) of study, as well as any other professional interests and/or motivations that you consider relevant to your participation. As a guide, please consider (1) What can you contribute to the conference on reassessing beliefs and belief systems? and (2) What do you hope to take away from participating in the conference? (250 words max)
  2. Why are you interested in meeting students from neighboring countries of the region to discuss regional security and belief systems? (150 words max)

  3. What could you concretely do in your country in your country or the Middle East to contribute to the change of beliefs and belief systems? (150 words max)

The application form can be found at https://goo.gl/xQl2ih, and includes a space for your statement of interest. All applications must be submitted no later than September 23, 2016. The conference organizers will send out acceptance letters no later than October 3, 2016. The conference organizers will cover all travel, accommodation and meal costs of the participants during the Conference. For those participants that require a visa to travel to the European Union, ISYP and the local organizers will provide an invitation letter for your visa application if necessary.

Please direct all additional information & general inquiries to the following email: menaconference2016@gmail.com

ISYP-DCAF Invitation to Submit a Statement of Interest

2015 International Student/Young Pugwash Vision Statement: The Nagasaki Call for Action

IOutgoing ISYP Chair Karim Kadry reads ISYP Nagasaki vision statementn 2005 International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) issued its vision statement in Hiroshima: “Mission possible: engaging a new generation.” Ten years later, and sixty years after the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, ISYP reiterates its call for peaceful co-existence in the face of the uncertainty of the contemporary age.

Over the past decade the world has seen the spread of conflict and risk. Regional stability is elusive in many parts of the world. Military conflicts continue to rage in volatile areas. Nuclear proliferation remains a real threat and disarmament still appears a distant goal. Terrorist attacks around the world continue and are increasing in sophistication and brutality. Technological advancements have made it easier to wage war. Climate change continues to accelerate.

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2015 ISYP Conference, Nagasaki

The 9th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) conference, “Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation: 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings,” was held in Nagasaki, Japan from October 30 to 31, 2015.

The conference included 31 participants from 19 countries who presented papers on a broad range of subjects: regional security issues in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; nuclear disarmament; nuclear-weapon-free zones; the importance of non-state actors and institutions in the de-legitimization of nuclear weapons; and other issues central to the mission of ISYP and the Pugwash Conferences.

ISYP Conference Report, Nagasaki

Conference Schedule

2015 International Student/Young Pugwash Vision Statement: The Nagasaki Call for Action

Press coverage of ISYP, 30 October

Call for papers: 9th ISYP Conference, Nagasaki

Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation: 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings

9th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference
Nagasaki, Japan, 30-31 October 2015

On the occasion of the 61st Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs “Nagasaki’s Voice: Remember Your Humanity” International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) invites students, and young scholars and professionals from around the world to participate in an international conference that will address, from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective, the global impact of national and regional security issues on a broad range of topics. Continue reading

Pugwash, Nova Scotia, workshop: “Strengthening the ISYP network”

The International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) network convened a workshop involving aspiring young scholars to discuss ways in which ISYP specifically can be strengthened and how more generally the network of young people working on disarmament and non-proliferation can be enhanced. The setting of Thinkers Lodge, Nova Scotia, location of the first ever Pugwash Conference in 1957, played an inspiring location for generating one-and-a-half days of productive discussion and thinking.

ISYP Report, Pugwash, NS, 12-13 July 2015

ISYP, July 2015