Dan Plesch

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 …

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

Former SCRAP Project Manager David Franco shares his experience with the project. Franco is a alumnus of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London and, former SCRAP Project Co-ordinator from 2011 to 2012. Interview by: Alexandra MacAulay Abdelwahab

Fear of war looms in the background of the latest round of presidential meetings. At a time when Stanley Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove seems an apt description for the behaviour of world leaders: ‘Politicians have neither the time nor the inclination for strategic thought’­, the political world either supports an increasingly militarised approach, or is left directionless, with an aspiration for peace and security undermined by lack of a guide to the intimidating world of acronyms and military technologies.

40 Acts to Save the World : Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament WATCH: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres introduces his disarmament agenda. We’ve summarised the Securing Our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament report released last month by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Office for Disarmament Affairs. In the report, Guterres sets out a comprehensive framework for …

40 Acts to Save the World : Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament Read More »

UN Secretary General Disarmament Report: A Comprehensive Agenda for Disarmament On 24th May, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres released his new agenda for general and complete disarmament at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, which included a plan to control and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons and new battlefield technologies. The report includes …

UN Secretary General Disarmament Report: A Comprehensive Agenda for Disarmament Read More »

The world is currently inching towards a precipice. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have put Asian security in a precarious position and it risks dragging in other world powers that also have a stake in the region, such as the United States. This state of affairs bears an uncanny resemblance to the Security Dilemma, which dictates that a state seeking to build up its military power in order to consolidate its security inevitably makes surrounding states less secure. This encourages other states to increase their military power as well, which in turn leads the original state to continue doing the same, culminating in an arms race that makes everyone more vulnerable.

On 12 February, 2018, SCRAP had its sixth annual appointment to the United Nations in Geneva, as part of an event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, discussing ‘Weapons Development and Disarmament: Challenges and Opportunities’.   The event was held at the Palais des Nations and featured a lively panel discussion on the future …

SCRAP Hosts Event at UN Geneva Read More »

This post originally appeared on the CISD website on 9 October 2017. The Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP), as a member of ICAN’s coalition of partner organizations, is thrilled that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its role to achieve the Treaty on the …

SOAS students part of the Nobel Laureate anti-nuclear campaign Read More »

In an interview with MA International Studies and Diplomacy student Alexandra MacAulay Abdelwahab, Dr. Dan Plesch, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS University of London, speaks about SCRAPS recent meeting at the United Nations in New York City in the 18 and 19 October 2017.