Isodarco Conference

I promise a FYRP soon!  In the meantime, a public service announcement:

Università di Padova  –  Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”  –  Università di Trento

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Centro di Ricerca Politica Internazionale e Risoluzione dei Conflitti (CERPIC – FBK – Trento)

Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Rovereto  –  USPID-ONLUS, Sezione di Trento

Forum Trentino per la Pace, Provincia Autonoma di Trento

Isodarco since 1966 
International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts 
Italian Pugwash Group

27th Winter Course on: 

ANDALO (TRENTO) – ITALY       8 – 15 January 2014

 Directors of the Course:
Matthew Evangelista (Department of Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) 
Judith Reppy (Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) 


More than two decades after the end of the cold war, nuclear weapons continue to pose a grave threat to international security. The stockpiles of the major nuclear powers still number in the hundreds or thousands, while the near-universal adoption of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) has not been enough to prevent nuclear aspirants from acquiring the means to produce their own weapons. The 2014 Isodarco Winter School will address the challenge of strengthening nonproliferation rules and practices in a world where many states face real and perceived security threats. We will pay particular attention to the tensions between states that frame nuclear security primarily in terms of preventing terrorists and certain states from acquiring nuclear weapons and those that prefer alternative approaches, such as creating nuclear weapons free zones. Topics will include: a) technical aspects of protecting the nuclear fuel cycle; b) assessing new efforts to secure, cut off, and reduce fissile material stockpiles; c) issues posed by recent nuclear proliferation; d) the roles of international law and domestic measures in supporting a strengthened nonproliferation regime. Special attention will be devoted to practical steps to increase the capacity of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency to deal with its increasing responsibilities.

Principal Lecturers

Alexei Arbatov (IMEMO and Carnegie Endowment, Moscow, Russia)

Nadia Arbatova (IMEMO, Moscow, Russia)

Wyn Bowen (King’s College, London, UK)

Mirco Elena (Isodarco and FOCC, Trento, Italy)

Trevor Findlay (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa, CA; Belfer Center)

Paolo Foradori (University of Trento, Trento, Italy)

Feroz Khan (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, USA)

Catherine Kelleher (University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA)

Wolfango Plastino (University of Rome Tre, Rome, Italy)

Laura Rockwood (Vienna, Austria)

Elena Sokova (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Vienna, Austria)

Nikolai Sokov (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Vienna, Austria)

Mark Suh (Korean Pugwash Group, Berlin, Germany)

Carlo Trezza (Chairman, Missile Technology Control Regime, Italy)

William Walker (University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland)

Christine Wing (New York University, New York City, NY, USA)

Yvonne Yew (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University,      Cambridge, MA, USA)

Confirmations are expected from additional eminent scholars who have been invited to lecture at the School. The course will be articulated in formal lectures, seminars offered by the participants, round tables and general open discussions.

General Information

A. English will be the working language of the School. There will be approximately 80 participants. They are expected to attend all lectures and seminars and to stay throughout the week-long course.

B. Applications should be submitted with the following information, which is compulsory even for those who have previously attended Isodarco sessions: Full name, date and place of birth, gender, full address (including e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, if available). Present nationality. Degree and/or other academic qualifications. Present professional activities and work address. Publication list and field of interest. In lieu of publications, a letter of recommendation from a professor or a scholar in the field. No special application form is required.

C. Applications should arrive not later than November 18th, 2013 and should be addressed to the Director of the School:

Prof. CARLO SCHAERF, Physics Department – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy — E-mail:

Tel.: (+39) 06 72594561 — Fax: (+39) 06 2040309 — URL:

We suggest that you apply on-line at you download an application form from the same location.

D. Applications will be considered by the Organizing Committee on the basis of the information submitted. All the applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decision as soon as possible but not later thanNovember 25th, 2013.

E. Participants are requested to arrive at Andalo any time on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 and leave in the morning of Wednesday, January 15th, 2014. The course ends on Tuesday Afternoon.

F. The nominal admission fee which includes attendance, accommodation and full board is 450,00 Euros. A reduced fee of 250,00 Euros is applied to students without a salary born in 1988 or after and to participants from Countries with foreign currency problems. If you wish to be considered for a reduced fee you must explain in your application why you qualify for it. Participants will be housed in double or triple rooms. The admission fee for single rooms, if requested and available, will be 750,00 Euros; participants asking to share a room with somebody in particular, if this is possible, will be charged an additional 50,00 Euros for each person.

G. A limited number of family members can be accommodated at the Hotel Gruppo Brenta or nearby. Room and board for each member is 500,00 Euros for the entire period. Admission of families is limited and will be examined on an individual basis. Participants wishing to bring their families are requested to submit their application as soon as possible.

H. The school has no funds with which to defray traveling expenses.

I. The Course will be held at Hotel Gruppo Brenta,via Strigole 1, 38010 Andalo (Trento), Italy. 
Tel.(+39) 0461 585813, Fax (+39) 0461 585269.

J. Participants wishing to submit a paper for seminar consideration should enclose a short abstract of their proposed contribution in their application. The Director of the School will reserve some limited time for seminars considered particularly relevant to the program of the Course.

K. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to introduce any necessary change to the program.

L. Please mention in your application if you need a visa, indicating to which Italian Consulate you intend to apply. As it takes some time to receive a visa we urge participants requiring it to apply to the School as early as possible and to apply for the visa immediately after being accepted to attend the School.

Please note that the concession of visas is at the discretion of the Italian Consular Officers, and Isodarco, as an NGO, is not able to influence their decision. It is the responsibility of participants to provide the Italian Consulates with evidence that they intend to return to their own countries at the end of the course.

If you wish to receive any additional information on the subject, please, go to: www.isodarco.itor send an E-mail to: