Jeffrey LewisCTBTO Policy Course

The CTBTO is going to live-stream a policy course entitled Proven Treaty, Political Challenge: The CTBT and Multistakeholder Security, with a pretty high quality list of speakers.  And, if you are in Vienna, the course is free of charge.

The CTBT Diplomacy and Public Policy Course, entitled, “Proven Treaty, Political Challenge: The CTBT and Multistakeholder Security”, will be held from 15 to 19 July 2013 in Vienna and live streamed online.

Special guest lecturers will include:

• Professor Siegfried Hecker, Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Senior Fellow and Professor, Stanford University; Visiting Distinguished Scientist, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-proliferation
• Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; President of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference; former UN Undersecretary General for Disarmament Affairs
• Ambassador Sha Zukang, Chinese lead negotiator at negotiations for the CTBT
• Ambassador Arundhati Ghose, Indian lead negotiator at negotiations for the CTBT
• Ambassador Jaap Ramaker, Netherlands, Chairperson at negotiations for the CTBT
• Dr James Acton, Senior Associate, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment
• Dr Pierce Corden, Visiting Scholar, American Association for the Advancement of Science
• Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies
• Dr Bruce Goodwin, Associate Director-at-Large, National Security Policy & Research and Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
• Dr Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute
• Jenifer Mackby, Adjunct Fellow and Consultant, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
• Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, VERTIC
• Dr Daniel Pinkston, Deputy Project Director, North East Asia Project, International Crisis Group
• Dr Maria Sultan, Director General, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute
• Dr William Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies

The course will cover political and diplomatic aspects of the CTBT, its history and current challenges and prospects for its entry-into-force and universalization. Participants will cover the basics of the Treaty and its verification regime through a series of e-learning modules to be completed prior to 15 July, which will then be followed by a live lecture component from 15 to 19 July in Vienna.

The live lecture component will feature CTBTO expert staff, guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as an interactive simulation.
Participants can take part in the course in Vienna or follow online, by watching the live stream or archived videos. Participants who complete all of the course requirements will receive a certificate of successful completion. The course is free-of-charge and open to all interested parties. Registration and further information are available here.

The course is part of the CTBTO’s education and outreach activities, aimed at inspiring the next generation of experts in all aspects of the Treaty.Inquiries on the logistics of the course can be sent to

Also, it’s a nice excuse to give a ‘tsup? to Christian Rengifo.  That’s him, asking a question last year.