Yesterday Wednesday 15 July, the Top Level Group and the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation jointly hosted a parliamentary briefing on the Iranian nuclear deal with expert speaker Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS). The event was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick.
Dr Fitzpatrick briefed the audience on the positive and negative aspects of the deal highlighting key details and subtleties of the reached agreement and shed light on some of the consequences for the global non-proliferation regime.
TLG members Lord West of Spithead, Baroness Williams of Crosby, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen and Lord Boyce also attended the briefing.
For a summary of Dr Fitzpatrick’s remarks, please click here.
On Wednesday 17th June 2015 two leading experts on the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Dr Bruno Tertrais and ELN Research Director Lukasz Kulesa, briefed members of the TLG on prospects for a deal and what form it should take. The event,’The devil is in the details: What could a deal with Iran look like?’ was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick. TLG members Lord Browne of Ladyton, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Lord King of Bridgwater and Lord Owen also attended.
For more information about the event and for a detailed summary of the proceedings, please click here.
The event was co-organised by the European Leadership Network, the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation, and the European Foundation for Democracy.
Lord Desmond Browne, former Convenor of the TLG, Chairman of the ELN and former UK Defence Secretary, and Ambassador Igor Ivanov, former Russian Foreign Minister, have been awarded the Nunn-Lugar Prize for Promoting Nuclear Security.
The Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security is awarded biennially by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to individuals or institutions whose work has resulted in clear, discernible progress toward strengthening global security and peaceful co-existence among nations, by preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and reducing the risk of their use. The award is named after former U.S. Senators Nunn and Lugar, and is a tribute to Andrew Carnegie, who dedicated much of his philanthropy to the goal of achieving world peace. The award carries a $50,000 prize, which both Lord Browne and Ambassador Ivanov are donating to their respective organisations.
Lord Browne commented, saying, “I am delighted and honored to receive the Nunn-Lugar award alongside my friend and colleague Igor Ivanov and am grateful to the leaders of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for their unwavering commitment to peace and security. I share this award with the men and women –– inside and outside of government –– who work tirelessly every day on the difficult and important work of reducing nuclear dangers globally.”
For more information on both the Nunn-Lugar Award, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and this years recipients, click here.
The Top Level Group successfully called for a debate in the House of Commons on the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference. Dame Margaret Beckett MP, Sir John Stanley MP and Alistair Burt MP led colleagues in a discussion as to how the UK should engage with the NPT process.
Full texts of their speeches are available by clicking here.