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What is the non-nuclear weapon state (NNWS) perspective on the current situation in disarmament and nonproliferation? Despite the successful 2010 Review Conference and despite the reductions in nuclear weapons (NWs) numbers between Russia and the United States, such as through the new START treaty, ...

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13.05.2013

“The U.S Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as the Nunn-Lugar program, has already reached a ripe old age, by the standards applied to such initiatives. The program was conceived during a transitional period in Russian statehood and was especially helpful during the turbulent years when Russia was struggling to finance even the most basic nuclear security measures. The program is now due to expire,” – writes Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal, Vladimir Orlov, in “From the Editor.”

08.06.2012

"Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 13 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century", - Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kmentt.

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Name: Kmentt, Alexander
City: Vienna
Affiliation: Director for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Expertise:
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear disarmament
Biography :

Ambassador Alexander Kmentt is an Austrian diplomat with a specialization on non-proliferation and disarmament issues. He has previously served as a Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Previous disarmament responsibilities in the Austrian Foreign Ministry include Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Deputy Director for Disarmament Affairs. During the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006, he chaired the EU Working Group on Non-Proliferation. Alexander Kmentt holds a Law Degree from the University of Graz and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University, UK.

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