Dan Plesch

Disarmament that Saves Lives

Opportunities and Challenges drawn from the Panel Discussion, “Building on the Secretary General’s Disarmament Agenda” (Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS University of London, UNOG, 12th February 2019) by Marc Finaud, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Relevance of the Secretary-General’s Agenda in the Light of the Current Context This is probably the …

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Regional Initiatives, the DPRK and Iran, and the Platinum Standard.

By Pierce Corden January 19th, 2019   In considering denuclearizing the DPRK and efforts to address the Iranian situation and the JCPOA, steps can be taken to strengthen security in the regions where the states are located:  Northeast Asia and the Middle East.  Such steps would support denuclearizing  Korea and ensuring that Iran does not …

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SCRAP at the 139th IPU Assembly: Continuing Dialogue of Disarmament

By Harriet Hanssen, SCRAPweapons Social Media and Communications assistant and MA student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS As SCRAP followers will remember, Monday October 15th saw SCRAP director Dr. Dan Plesch chair the discussion of the Standing Committee for Peace and International Security at the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) 139th assembly. The …

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Reflections on US involvement in the Saudi-Yemen War: America and the ATT

By Sid Bagri, MA student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS. Even when broken down into statistics, the humanitarian toll is sobering. With 10,000 civilians dead, 22 million in need of aid, 8 million subjected to famine, and 1 million infected with cholera, the results of the disastrous Yemen war speak of …

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Future Weapons Technology: Why the analogy of nuclear cannot be applied to cyberspace, and how to respond to new logic

Written by Isabella Steel, MA International Studies and Diplomacy Candidate 2017/2018 at SOAS University of London Comparisons are often made between the regulation of cyber and nuclear weapons. This analogy, however, is severely limited – particularly in relation to disarmament – and fails to reflect the unique dynamics of each. This short discussion will briefly …

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki : The Legacy of Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament

Written by Alexandra MacAulay Abdelwahab, MA International Studies and Diplomacy Student at SOAS University of London and social media and public engagement coordinator for SCRAP. It’s been 73 years this week since the United States detonated atomic bombs over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during the final stages of World War II. The …

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Nuclear disarmament is crucial for global security – it shouldn’t have to wait

Dan Plesch, SOAS, University of London A network of global institutions were created in 1945 to try and avert another global conflict. They have been gradually undermined over the last 20 years, and now we see them being trashed wholesale. The world leaders responsible are perhaps best described by General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley …

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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 …

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