Fifth CSCAP Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific

Note: Event times are displayed in your local time zone. This event took place on April 4, 2018 (Seoul time), with an opening dinner on April 3.

Conference Report

Welcome Remarks

Session 1: Recent developments in nonproliferation and disarmament
This session will focus on recent developments in nonproliferation and disarmament. Following accession to the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR) in 2016, India acceded to the Wassenaar Arrangement in December 2017 and the Australia Group in January 2018. What is the significance of India’s membership of these groups for these export control regime? What are the next steps for nuclear security after the 2010-2016 Nuclear Security Summit process? What is the status of the five action plans developed following 2016 summit? What role does the IAEA Nuclear Security Series have in nuclear security governance? What are the prospects for the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the New START treaty, and arms control more generally? What are the major issues to be addressed and the likely outcomes of the fourth CWC Review Conference in Dec. 2018?

Speakers: Manpreet Sethi, Victor Mizin

Session 2: The Korean Peninsula and denuclearization
This session will examine the current situation on the Korean Peninsula. What are the respective parties’ assessments of recent developments? What impact have new UNSC sanctions and strengthened unilateral sanctions by some countries had? What other actions can or should be taken to improve the situation on the Korean Peninsula?

Speakers: Seung Whun Cheon, Shea Cotton

Session 3: The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
This session will focus on the role of the CTBT in reducing the salience of nuclear weapons. What is the status of the CTBT? What are the prospects for ratification of the treaty? What is the CTBT verification regime and how does it operate? What are the capabilities of the International Monitoring System (IMS)? What kind of capacity building assistance does Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) offer?

Speakers: Nikita Perfilyev, Stephen Herzog

Session 4: NWS and NNWS Collaboration on Nuclear Risk Reduction
The opening of the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty for signature has highlighted and created new animosity between nuclear weapon states and nonnuclear weapon states. What impact will this tension have on the upcoming NPT Review 5Conference? What can be done to reduce the tension? What avenues exist for greater collaboration between the nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament communities? What are the prospects for getting the NWS to accede to the Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (SEANWFZ) protocol? What is the status of the NTI Verification Pilot Project?

Speakers: Raymond Quilop, Nobu Akiyama, Paul Dean