ISYP Board Members gather to tackle nuclear and climate crises

ISYP looks forward to a fruitful discussion at the Thinkers Lodge Summit on Nuclear and Climate Crises, which will take place virtually and in person from September 29 to October 3, 2021. The Centre for Local Prosperity has invited ISYP board members Natalya Samoylovskaya, Laura Rose O’Connor, Talia Weiss and Shane Ward to join 20 other dedicated experts in addressing some of the biggest challenges faced by humanity today. Make sure to follow interviews and webinars with the Thinkers online.

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) welcomes new Executive Board members

The recruiting process is now over, and ISYP is thrilled to announce the young scholars and policy practitioners who have joined the new Executive Board. Our new members are highly motivated to address the root causes and symptoms of global insecurity. Check out their biographies here:

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) is pleased to announce a call for applications to join our Executive Board

We are recruiting motivated young scholars and policy practitioners with diverse backgrounds and expertise, ranging from science and technology to political science and international law. Successful candidates will join existing Board Members in Summer 2021 to pursue the main objectives of the group and develop the range of activities and projects. This is a voluntary position and the expected time commitment is variable, depending on the willingness of candidates to engage in projects or working group meetings, but would normally run no more than 2-4 hours per month.

The main responsibility of Executive Board members is to guide the direction and activities of the ISYP network in line with our tradition and values. The Executive Board is committed to represent individuals with different areas of expertise as well as different geo-political regions of the world. Since 2001, the nature of the Executive Board has changed, according to the needs and possibilities of International Student/Young Pugwash. Today, members of the Executive Board have a direct bearing on the following areas:

  •       The organization of annual conferences and other international events
  •       The promotion and co-organization of regional events, such as workshops, consultations and meetings
  •       The relations of ISYP with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
  •       The future of International Student/Young Pugwash

The Board works closely with the Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs to provide the next generation of students and young professionals concerned with the interface of science, technology, society and ethics unique opportunities to address potential sources of conflict, and to come up with new and innovative solutions to our greatest security challenges. These include:

  •       Nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control
  •       The impact of emerging technologies (cyber, AI, robotics)
  •       CBRN security
  •       Conflict mediation and regional cooperation
  •       Climate change and environmental security
  •       Ethical issues in science and technology

Candidates must be under 35. Deadline for submissions is 4 April 2021.
Please complete the application form: 

“Narratives of Change: Cooperation and Partnerships among Communities in the MENA Region” – 2nd Conference in Cyprus, 2017

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) held a second annual meeting organized jointly with the DCAF Centre of Geneva on 24-26 November 2017.

Narratives of Change: Cooperation and Partnerships among Communities in the MENA Region” sought to reinforce the message that young people should not be constrained by the existing beliefs and political orientations of the older generation. Asking how it is possible to change the region by challenging beliefs, the conference provided an opportunity for both past and new participants to exchange ideas on issues of common interest in the region and identify possibilities for cooperation and partnerships to tackle them. Continue reading

10th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference in Astana

The 10th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) conference, “Nuclear World Order: Global and Regional Security Issues and Prospects for Cooperation,” was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 23-24 August 2017.

The conference included 32 participants from 20 countries who presented papers on a broad range of subjects: measuring disarmament progress; interplay between disarmament and non-proliferation objectives; future of deterrence; impact of emerging technologies; assessment of regional challenges in North-East Asia, South Asia and the Middle-East, and other issues central to the mission of ISYP and the Pugwash Conferences. Continue reading

“Reassessing Beliefs and Belief Systems in the Middle East”; Conference in Cyprus, November 2016

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) held a meeting organized jointly with the DCAF Centre of Geneva on 25-26 November 2016. “Reassessing Beliefs and Belief Systems in the Middle East” gathered a group of 40 participants for discussions on:

  • Forced migration and refugees

  • Radicalism and violent extremism

  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • The Arab Spring five years on

The conference’s purpose was to initiate a process which engages influential young people from the MENA region to collaboratively develop solutions and tools to address these challenges. Continue reading

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 (in Russian)
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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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