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.

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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.

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“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. Young academics, entrepreneurs and professionals working in national parliament and government, media organizations, international organizations, think tanks and NGOs, were drawn from over 20 countries across the MENA region, from Tunisia to Iran, from Sudan to Turkey, as well as from Europe and the United States.

All participants of the conference were able to make presentations based on the topic of their choice. Subsequently, they explored what they can do in their countries and across borders to promote positive change by challenging the beliefs and beliefs systems which sustain violence and thwart reform efforts in the MENA region.

A conference report is now available: ISYP-DCAF 1st Conference Report, November 2016

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


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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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