Talk Works

TalkWorks is an independent documentary film project to record and disseminate through the medium of film the thinking of leading experts and public figures across a range of disciplines who, alarmed by the serious dangers posed by the uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons, are putting their weight behind the international effort to avert and ultimately eliminate global nuclear threats in the 21st century. The subjects of TalkWorks’ films are people in positions of influence from different walks of life and political persuasions who are now cooperating to promote a series of concrete steps towards the goal of ‘global zero’ nuclear weapons as laid out by President Obama in his historic Prague Speech of 5 April 2009.

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Video: Amsterdam against Nukes

On International Nuclear Abolition Day 2011 the No Nukes campaign team shot a movie in Amsterdam to illustrate that people from all nationalities and different walks of lives share the same wish: a world free of nuclear weapons: everybody against nukes!

Climate change and nuclear disarmament

On 17 May the World Future Council released its latest report entitled Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament: From Security Threats to Sustainable Peace. It is the outcome of groundbreaking research by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran of the University of Hamburg.

The report examines the linkages between nuclear and climate risks, noting that these two clear threats may interfere with each other in a mutually re-enforcing way.  It also acknowledges that finding solutions to one problem area could lead to solutions in the other: “Preventing the dangers of climate change and nuclear war requires an integrated set of strategies that address the causes as well as the impacts on the natural and social environment.” Prof. Dr. Scheffran offers an approach to move away from these security threats to building sustainable peace.

The study brings to light the multidimensional interplay between climate change, nuclear risks and nuclear disarmament, and its critical implications for the strategic security environment. In addition, it explores prospects and openings to tackle these key challenges, stressing the role played by institutions to “strengthen common ecological and human security, build and reinforce conflict-resolution mechanisms and low-carbon energy alternatives, and create sustainable life-cycles that respect the capabilities of the living world.”

RUSI Report: “If the Bombs Go”

Cover of RUSI reportThis Occasional Paper published by the British think-tank RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) draws together analyses of issues that might arise if US nuclear weapons were removed from Europe. The paper examines how NATO’s assurance and deterrence relationships might be altered.

The role of the remaining US non-strategic nuclear weapons stationed in Europe is likely to be considered during the current NATO Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR).  There have been several studies that focused on the possible effects that further withdrawals of these weapons might have on deterrence and arms control, and suggested a range of options for consideration by NATO. This report complements these and the ongoing debate by analysing the issues that could arise if the US nuclear weapons were removed.

The seven authors of these papers, from France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and the UK, were commissioned by RUSI to examine these issues and to pay particular attention to the views of key officials and advisors in their own country or region.

Download the report here

New German Defence Policy Guidelines

Two days ago the new German Defence Minister, de Mazière, issued new Defence Policy Guidelines which are available in German, English and French. For EN and FR, scroll down the page http://www.bmvg.de/portal/a/bmvg/!ut/p/c4/RYwxD4IwEEb_UQuDkbhJSNTFwUVwIYVeysX2Sq5XWPzxwmD8XvKWl3z6pTfILOiMYCTjdau7EU_DqoawOJVwnIAnQElz9Cj4VkMmC2mFiRVBdpDEeMnkegvc_6N-7tcW1BgJZLcACW52bCSymiOL30tm3opCq7uibOqiLH4rP9Wlvd6b6nBsbvVDzyGcv8HrdL4!/

The 2006 White Paper is still in force and can be found in German, English and Russian at http://www.bmvg.de/portal/a/bmvg/!ut/p/c4/Fcw5EoAgDEDRG5HezlModiwZyAAJI9v1xfnNqz48sGMzKZhOwibDDdrRYZeyZQbVyEV8I1JvVTJ1SspwQCsdlZc0CvLWQmrNDhfh-n85gPYItZTzA4w7BLg!/

New Resource on Chernobyl

There is now an English version of Alla Yaroshinskaya’s new book on Chernobyl, including the dire aftermath still ongoing. Below is the link to the web site offering it.

 http://www.transactionpub.com/title/Chernobyl-978-1-4128-4296-9.html#edreviews

What NATO Countries really think about US nukes? New report: Withdrawal Issues available now!

Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe

What do NATO countries really say about the deployment of U.S. tactical (or sub-strategic or non-strategic) nuclear weapons? Many assumptions have been made, and repeated in countless reports by the media and experts over the last few years. However, Netherlands-based IKV Pax Christi set out to interview all 28 NATO delegations, as well as NATO staffers concerned with nuclear planning and deployment, to ask how they assessed the future of tactical nuclear weapons deployment in Europe. The result of these interviews is now available in the report: Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

The key findings of the report show that there is sufficient political will within NATO to end the deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Fourteen, or half of all NATO member states actively support the end of TNW deployment while ten other countries say they would not block a consensus decision to removed the weapons. Only three NATO members (France, Hungary and Lithuania) say they oppose an end to the TNW deployment, and only France has is willing to invest political capital to keep the weapons on the territory of Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Turkey.

Despite oft-repeated assumptions, there are no quick and easy formulae that accurately portray national positions. There is no clear relation between the duration of NATO membership and position on the TNW issue. The “new” NATO members are not more, or less, attached to the U.S. weapons than the “old” members. Likewise, proximity to Russia is no explanatory variable. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the more active countries are in nuclear sharing, the more vocal they are about wanting the weapons removed.

The process of deciding the future of TNW deployment is currently at an impasse. The Strategic Concept dictates that NATO first needs to “aim to seek” Russian agreement on reciprocal steps towards a TNW free Europe. But Russia refuses to talk about its TNW until the U.S. first relocates all its TNW back to the U.S.. To break the impasse needs careful planning by multiple actors in multiple arenas.

Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe examines the reasons NATO countries give to end the deployment, examines the challenges they bring up and recommends a series of steps to overcome these challenges.

The full report, Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe is available at www.NoNukes.nl.