Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London dp27@soas.ac.uk

Reconciling National Security with General and Complete Disarmament

SCRAP was recently mentioned in a new paper by Marc Finaud, an expert from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), titled Reconciling National Security with General and Complete Disarmament.”

Finaud was invited by the Permanent Representative of Belarus, Ambassador Yuri Ambrazevich, coordinator of Subsidiary Body 5 of the Conference on Disarmament to present the paper on 21 June 2018.

The paper follows up on United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ Agenda for Disarmament released last month.

In his paper, Finaud outlines several benefits of general and complete disarmament (GCD), including offering a holistic view of all categories of weapons, either current or potential, and their relationships to each other.

He concludes that a GCD approach would ensure all states have defensive capabilities ‘at the lowest possible level of armaments’.

The paper is only four pages and is definitely worth a read. You can click on the link above to download a PDF version.