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The US withdrawal from the Iran deal: One year on

Dan Smith

On 8 May last year, US President Donald J.

Shipping along the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route will be determined by Russia–China cooperation in the region

Ekaterina Klimenko

On 26 January 2018 China’s State Council Information Office published a white paper clarifying China’s vision of the Arctic, its intentions, goals and objectives in the region.

The forgotten science of cooperative threat reduction

Dr Ian Anthony

The announcement that Russia had completed the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile was rightly applauded as a milestone in multilateral arms control. However, it was also a reminder of the significant part that international non-proliferation and disarmament assistance played in facilitating the implementation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Celebrating a milestone: Russia completes the destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

Dr John Hart

On Wednesday the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü of Turkey, congratulated Russia on completing the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile which originally totalled 39 967 agent tonnes (i.e. excluding munition weight).

The unfolding humanitarian crisis around Lake Chad: UN report falls short of naming environmental dimensions

Dr Florian Krampe

Dr Florian Krampe provides commentary on the newly launched Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Lake Chad Basin region, arguing that the report would have been stronger if it had highlighted the underlying environmental contributions of the region’s fragility.

North Korea's sixth nuclear test: What do we know so far?

Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley provides analysis of North Korea's sixth nuclear test, taking a look at what we know so far.

The G20 Summit and chemical weapons in Syria

Dr John Hart

The G20 Summit will be held in Hamburg on 7–8 July 2017. The UN Security Council and OPCW member states remain unable to agree Syrian Government responsibility for any of the continued instances of chemical warfare.

Hiroshima Declaration by G-7 Foreign Ministers falls short

Tariq Rauf

The so-called ‘Hiroshima Declaration’ adopted today by the G-7 Foreign Ministers is a major disappointment and a wasted opportunity for nuclear disarmament.

Economics trumps geopolitics as China announces lowest defence budget increase in years

Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

On 5 March, the opening day of the annual National People’s Congress, China announced a 7.6 per cent increase in its National Defense budget for 2016—or a total of 954 billion yuan ($146 billion).

North Korea's Space Launch

Tariq Rauf

North Korea launched a space launch vehicle on 7 February 2016 at around 09:00 local time, with the aim of placing a satellite into the Earth’s orbit.