Geneva has been a centre for Arms Control and Disarmament negotiations for over a century. Understanding how these processes can contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security remains as vital today as ever.
The Arms Control and Disarmament Cluster aims to promote innovative, cooperative and rules-based responses to arms proliferation and the unprecedented challenges to the traditional Arms Control regimes. It seeks to promote a better understanding of how the disarmament machinery can be used to improve the complicated international security environment.
The Cluster meets these goals by:
- Responding to demand for knowledge on up-to-date current geopolitical, technological, and legal developments, as well as for advice, education, and dialogue from and among key stakeholders. This is done, for instance, through executive courses on implementing the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) or the Biological Weapons Convention or through training officials from the Middle East and North Africa on Arms Control.
- Developing partnerships with, and a high visibility among, key stakeholders (government representatives, both in Geneva and in capitals, civil society organisations, academia) to promote cross-institutional and multi-stakeholder approaches.
- Publishing regular policy analysis and advice on current and potential developments in the fields of Arms Control and Disarmament, including such topics as artificial intelligence, bio security, nuclear disarmament, and space security.
In our executive education courses and dialogue events, we seek to offer a neutral and inclusive platform to address relevant topics freely, taking into account all viewpoints as well as the national and regional security environment while promoting collaborative approaches. Apart from the knowledge they derive from expert presentations, participants improve their skills in practical exercises.
Network and collaborate
The community of practice of our Alumni remains active in sharing professional experiences and good practices. They meet on a regular basis at international conferences in Geneva and other multilateral forums. They are encouraged to follow refresher courses at GCSP and train their own colleagues at home.
Publications by Simon Cleobury, Head of Arms Control and Disarmament
- Sécurité spatiale: l’espoir persiste, Tribune de Genève, 8 September 2023
- Responsible Space Behaviours Working Group fails to agree a report, but talks still a success, LinkedIn Article, 1 September 2023
- The role of industry in the Arms Trade Treaty, LinkedIn Article, 28 August 2023
- The New Agenda for Peace – the key arms control and disarmament elements, LinkedIn Article, 20 July 2023
- Artificial Intelligence and Arms Control – How and Where to Have the Discussion, GCSP In Focus series, 13 July 2023