Disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, 28 September – 2 October 2020

Covid-19 update

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the format of this training programme might be subject to change. While, as of now, we will continue with a programme on our premises in The Hague, we might be forced to move this programme to an online platform. Should this happen, we will offer you a 33 % discount. If you had already paid for your spot, you will get reimbursed the difference in price. Registered participants will receive notification of the format in at least one month prior in order to allow time to make necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation. 

The challenges posed to international security by nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons are as urgent today as they were during the Cold War. There is an increasing demand for professionals in the field of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to tackle the challenges of today’s non-proliferation and disarmament agenda with a more integrated understanding of these issues. 

T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague will host the eleventh training programme on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction co-organised with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). During this intensive week, participants receive a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding WMD. Participants are first introduced to various topics within the training and will be able to actively discuss these with researchers and guest speakers. The training programme includes field visits to a nuclear reactor and the OPCW headquarters laboratory. This one-week training programme allows for the participants to gain hands-on knowledge on what the current efforts are in regards to disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Background

Weapons of Mass Destruction have re-entered the international political stage in recent years. After many years in which there was relatively little attention for these weapons and the agreements dealing with them, chemical weapons were used in Syria, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, and nuclear weapons returned in political rhetoric and arms races as if the Cold War has never ended. Arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives came under pressure due to increasing international tensions. How to understand and deal with these new dynamics?

The annual training programme on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (“WMD Training Programme”) offers in-depth knowledge on this topic.

Key topics: Chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, biological weapons; arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements; export controls and verification mechanisms; international law and diplomacy; geopolitical developments. 

Target group: The training programme is designed for early- to mid-career professionals working for governments, for example, national export control bodies, national authorities for the implementation of WMD-related treaties and agreements and national nuclear agencies. Individuals working for non-governmental organisations, think tanks addressing WMD issues and research centres in related disciplines are also invited to apply. Newly arrived diplomats in The Hague are especially encouraged to sign up for the training programme. 

Course aim: The WMD training programme offers participants the chance to discuss various aspects of the issue with renowned experts in an interactive and multi-disciplinary way. The programme includes interactive lectures and panels, a simulation exercise on export controls, and field visits to the OPCW Headquarters and Laboratory as well as to a nuclear research reactor.

Participants will gain

  •          Hands-on knowledge of the diplomatic, legal and technical aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation;
  •          Insight into the work of key professionals in the area of WMD, seasoned with their personal experiences; and
  •          Unique networking opportunities with speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds.

See this year’s preliminary programme (might be subject to change) here.

Scholarships

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with funding support from the European Union have offered full competitive scholarships. The scholarships cover the tuition fee, international travel costs, basic medical insurance, and a generous allowance to cover accommodation and food expenses.

OPCW offers up to four civil society scholarships

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with funding support from the European Union, offers up to four competitive scholarships for civil society representatives. Candidates must be currently employed at a non-governmental organisation, a think-tank, a research or academic institution, or an independent public institution and working on issues related to the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The scholarships cover the tuition fee, international travel costs, basic medical insurance, and a generous allowance to cover accommodation and food expenses.

If moving the training to an online platform is required in accordance with national regulations, scholarships will still cover the tuition fee. Registered participants will receive notification of the format in July in order to allow time to make necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation. 

Five fully-funded scholarships by the MFA

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has offered to fund five full scholarships to candidates working in the field of (or related to) WMD who are nationals of and working in one of the countries mentioned in the list of Low/Lower-Middle Income Economies of the World Bank.

The scholarships include tuition fee, international travel, accommodation, per diem allowance and medical insurance.

 

Further information here

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