FUSION Summer 2022

Welcome to the summer edition of FUSION!

We felt very fortunate to be able to organise our Annual Conference in person this year to give participants the opportunity to connect face-to-face once again. If you weren’t able to take part in the event or you want to revisit the keynote by Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins (US State Department) and the fireside chat with Samantha Job (FCDO), you can watch all of the sessions here.

We are currently working on our autumn events and publications, so please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in touch and find out more about our upcoming activities.

For collaboration opportunities and participation at events, feel free to contact us to discuss at ukponi@rusi.org.

I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful, and safe summer holiday.

With best wishes,


Dr Ana Alecsandru
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
UK PONI Programme Lead

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External Events & Opportunities

The Nuclear Posture in Review
With growing anticipation of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the rollout of “integrated deterrence” as a guiding principle for U.S. strategy, the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) will host a conversation to unpack questions about the future of deterrence, arms control, and the creation of U.S. nuclear strategy.
Hybrid (Washington, DC), 29 July 2022

Girl Security’s annual Global Essay Contest
Girl Security and the Texas National Security Review have launched a Global Essay Contest. Winning essays will receive cash prizes and winners would be considered for publication with Texas National Security Review.
Submit entries by 31 July 2022

2022 Nuclear Security Grant Program
This Stanton Foundation program is open to tenure-track junior faculty (untenured) or the equivalent at a research institute who are conducting nuclear security research as defined by the Foundation.
Apply by 1 September 2022

CSIS PONI 2022 Summer Conference
The in-person conference will feature a keynote address as well as presentations from emerging nuclear experts covering topics such as nuclear policy and strategies, arms control and proliferation challenges, technology and capabilities, and deterrence.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 7-8 September 2022

2022 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security
The prize is designed to reach across all relevant disciplines and fields. It is intended to encourage and recognise excellence in contributing to new approaches to enhancing sustainable global security. A broad range of projects could qualify for consideration, including, but not limited to, technological and conceptual innovations, original research or grassroots initiatives. The prize for the application coming in first position is CHF 10’000 and a certificate of excellence.
Apply by 22 September 2022

Fall 2022 Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Short Course
 The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) will offer an in-person intensive short course on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament policy issues for diplomats and practitioners.
Vienna, Austria, 3-7 October 2022

Young Professionals Track, 2022 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference
As a virtual participant in the Young Professionals Track, you will be able to engage in plenary panels on career challenges and a comparison of extended deterrence in Asia and Europe and breakout sessions on the convergence of climate change and nuclear risks, nuclear escalation in the Taiwan Strait, and fostering DEI allyship. Those with fewer than five years of professional experience and graduate students are eligible to participate. If you would like to take part, you can indicate interest when registering for the 2022 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. If places for the Young Professionals Track are oversubscribed, as they have been at previous events, participants will be chosen through a lottery system. The deadline to enter the in-person lottery is 29 July 2022 and the virtual lottery 9 September 2022.
Hybrid, 27-28 October 2022

International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts Course

The 60th ISODARCO course will address the nuclear threat, discussing the nuclear policies of the major nuclear powers and examining the impact that new technologies are having on the security of nuclear weapons and strategic stability. The main goal is to understand the changing technological context of the current nuclear era and explore the implications for managing the nuclear order and the impending risks to the nonproliferation regime. 
Apply by 10 October 2022. Andalo (Trento), Italy, 8-15 January 2023 

Call for Submissions, Nuclear Security Policy Menu Series
The International Nuclear Security Forum and Nuclear Threat Initiative’s series aims to get ahead of the next nuclear or radiological security incident. It solicits nuclear security policy proposals that might appear politically risky or unrealistic today but could gain traction in the aftermath of a nuclear or radiological event. By compiling a wide range of international, regional, and local policy proposals, this menu will provide policymakers with forward-leaning nuclear security regulation options to work towards.
Rolling deadline

Publications & Op-Eds

Nuclear Notebook: How many nuclear weapons does India have in 2022?
(Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 11 July)

Examining ‘gender-sensitive’ approaches to nuclear weapons policy: a study of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
(Laura Rose Brown and Laura Considine, International Affairs, 5 July)

Infographic: What Makes Nuclear Energy Safe? (IAEA, 1 July)

Verifying Disarmament in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (Pavel Podvig (ed.), United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research [UNIDIR], 22 June)

Trust & Verify (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre, 21 June)

Italy and the Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Hesitant Opening? (Ludovica Castelli, Instituto Affari Internazionali, 16 June)

Different Perceptions, Shared Understandings: Towards a Responsibility-Based Regime to Reduce Nuclear Risks in the Asia-Pacific (Chiara Cervasio and Dr Rishi Paul, BASIC, 14 June)

Diplomacy under the nuclear shadow: Kennedy, Nasser, and Dimona (Hassan Elbahtimy, Middle Eastern Studies, 11 June)

Revisiting ‘Minimal Nuclear Deterrence’: Laying the Ground for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament (Dr Tytti Erästö, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [SIPRI], June)

Jobs & Internships

Youth Global Disarmament Essay competition, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). The deadline to submit is 15 April. Details and submission criteria here.

Internship Programme 2022, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)The deadline to apply is 31 August. Details and application here.

Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Project Specialist, Our Secure Future. Rolling application deadline. Details and application here.

Policy Analyst, Good Energy Collective. Rolling application deadline. Details and application here.

Several opportunities, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Rolling application deadlines. Details and applications here.

Virtual Internship, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Rolling application deadline. Details and application here.


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