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September 15, 2009 |  Print  Your Opinion  

Editorial Team

First Day of Böll Nonproliferation Conference: Recorded Videos

Editorial Team: The Heinrich Böll conference brought a cast of leading scholars to the debate in Berlin last week. Credibility, feasibility and confidence building were all key words and vital to the agenda. In addition to presenting your Atlantic Memo we were there to cover the event and bring you the finest international arguments.

The Heinrich Böll conference "A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Anarchy?" got under way in Berlin last week and Atlantic-Community has set up a live webcast throughout the event, in order to enable our members around the globe to follow the conference.

Here is the recorded livestream from the first day of the conference (September 10, 2009)

Welcome and Introduction by Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

The panel’s speeches represented a multinational cast of actors who discussed a broad range of subjects from the Iran question to the feasibility of Global Zero and prospects for solving the India-Pakistan standoff. The protracted US missile defense system got several mentions, as did the focus on the role of tactical nuclear weapons, which were identified as being a key issue by many involved. Likewise the the possible renewal of the NPT next year gained much attention. All this was framed under the question of how to overcome the logic of nulcear deterence, an issue Oliver Meier addressed in his keynote speech, thereby quoting several contributors from Atlantic Community's Global Zero Theme Week (more in the German original than the English translation).

Keynote Address by Oliver Meier, International Representative and Correspondent, Arms Control Association, Berlin; Researcher, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg.

With such contentious issues discussed disputes inevitably arose, none least over how the Iran question must be approached and regarding the perceived exaggeration of the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan. All of this conjecture was framed within the context of Obama’s speech in Prague earlier this year and the attempts by those in both Moscow and Washington to thrash out a mutual reduction in nuclear weapons. As the build up intensifies to the NPT Reevaluation next spring conferences of this kind become increasingly relevant and the international voice assembled in Berlin vital to a transnational, credible approach.

Claus Wunderlich, Deputy Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.

A big discussion raised when Vladimir Orlov asserted that the failure to officially cancel the US missile defense system is undermining bilateral ties with Russia and was challened by Ralf Fuecks in objecting to Moscow’s "harsh response" in which it is continually "offending the norm of mutually assured destruction".

Vladimir Orlov, President, The Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR), Moscow.

As Ralf Fücks did, Henry Sokolski questioned Orlov's points in his speech on the panel and assured that the way to zero is a difficult one in the current international environment.

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), Washington DC.

Obviously, the debate covered a wide range of important topics and different views, thus leading to a controversial question and answer session. Here Research Fellow Urs Schrade presented the findings of the recent Atlantic Memo 19 and thus spread your opinions in a top European conference and helped to set the agenda gaining rave review and enthusiastic praise.

Question and Answer Session at the end of the first panel with Urs Schrade presenting Atlantic Community outcomes.

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