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Nuclear Ice Age?

How to Deal with Nuclear Threats in Europe?

19.06.2024 - 21.06.2024


With Russia’s full invasion into Ukraine and repeated threats to use nuclear weapons, nuclear dangers are once again on everyone’s lips. Demands for credible deterrence in Europe are growing louder, as are calls for increased efforts to achieve arms control and minimize nuclear risks. At the same time, initiatives are continuing to work towards complete abolition of nuclear weapons. How to deal with the nuclear threat in Europe?




Mittwoch, 19.06.2024
13:45 Uhr
Arrival and Check-in

14:15 Uhr
Words of Welcome

Thomas MÜLLER-FÄRBER, Program Director International Affairs, Protestant Academy Loccum

14:30 Uhr
KICK OFF TALK | Nuclear Ice Age: What Are the Key Nuclear Challenges and Threats of Our Time?

Gaukhar MUKHATZHANOVA, Director of the International Organizations and Non-Proliferation Program, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), Vienna

15:15 Uhr
Coffee & Cake

15:45 Uhr
PANEL DISCUSSION | Arms Control is Dead? – Long Live Nuclear Risk Reduction?

Veronika BEDENKO, Senior Analyst, Open Nuclear Network, One Earth Future, Vienna
Eirini LEMOS-MANIATI, Head, Arms Control, Disarmament, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Nonproliferation Centre (ACDC), HQ NATO, Brussels
Oliver MEIER, Director, Policy and Research, European Leadership Network, London/Berlin
Jingdong YUAN, Director, China and Asia Security Programme, SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Solna

17:30 Uhr
Coffee & Tea

17:45 Uhr
IMPULSE TALK | Blockades and Polarization all the Way Down? What Future for Multilateralism in the Field of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation?

Susanne RIEGRAF, Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, Foreign Ministry, Berlin

18:30 Uhr

19:30 Uhr
PANEL DISCUSSION | A Question of Beliefs? On the Ethics of Nuclear Deterrence

Dirck ACKERMANN, Senior Military Superintendent, Office of the Protestant Chaplaincy for the Bundeswehr, Berlin
Richard LENNANE, Senior Policy Advisor, Arms and Conduct of Hostilities Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
Michal SMETANA, Director of the Peace Research Center Prague (PRCP), Head Researcher at the Experimental Lab for International Security Studies (ELISS) and Associate Professor of International Studies at Charles University, Prague

21:00 Uhr
Informal Get Together at the Gallery


* invited
** preliminary confirmation

Donnerstag, 20.06.2024
08:30 Uhr

09:30 Uhr
PANEL DISCUSSION | Not Losing Sight of a Nuclear-Weapons Free World: The TPNW, Different Disarmament Approaches and Avenues to Bridge the Gap between them

Juliane HAUSCHULZ, Board Member, ICAN Germany (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and IPPNW Germany (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), Berlin
Alexander KMENTT, Ambassador and Director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna*
Francisca Elizabeth MÉNDEZ ESCOBAR, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva

11:00 Uhr
Coffee & Tea

11:15 Uhr
IMPULSE TALK | How to Handle “Atomic Angst” and Improve “Nuclear Literacy” in Public Discourse?

Benoît PELOPIDAS, Head, Nuclear Knowledges Program and Chair of Excellence in Security Studies at CERI (Sciences Po), Paris
Frank SAUER, Head of Research, Metis Institute for Strategy and Foresight, Bundeswehr University, Munich

12:30 Uhr

13:30 Uhr
Optional Sightseeing Tour to the Monastery Loccum (founded 1163)

15:00 Uhr
Coffee & Cake

15:30 Uhr
PANEL DISCUSSION | Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: How Will Strategic Stability on the Continent Look like in the Years to Come?

Kate Marie BYRNES, Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), Stuttgart**
Polina SINOVETS, Head of the Odessa Center for Non-Proliferation (OdCNP) and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Odessa
Oliver THRÄNERT, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Alexandre A. VULIC, Deputy Director General Strategic Affairs, International Security and Arms Control, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Paris*

17:00 Uhr
Coffee & Tea

17:15 Uhr
WOOD WALK & PICNIC | Thematic Picnic Groups

- Group 1 – Arms Control and Nuclear Risk Reduction
- Group 2 – Disarmament
- Group 3 – Deterrence
- Group 4 – open
Lucian BUMEDER, Fellow “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Research Group, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, (IFSH), Hamburg
Linda OSTERMANN, Research Associate, VeSPoTec (Verification in a complex and unpredictable world), Aachen*

18:30 Uhr
EVENING TALK - Iran and its Nuclear Program – Beyond the Point of No Return?

Héloïse FAYET, Research Fellow, Security Studies Center, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris*
Michael SCHIDMAYR, IAEA and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Unit, German Foreign Office, Berlin
Azadeh ZAMIRIAD, Deputy Head of Africa & Middle East Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

20:00 Uhr
BBQ & Informal get together


* invited
** preliminary confirmation

Freitag, 21.06.2024
08:30 Uhr

09:30 Uhr
Presenting and Discussing the Findings of the Picnic Talks

10:30 Uhr
Coffee & Tea Break

10:45 Uhr
PANEL DISCUSSION - What Future Trajectory for European Nuclear Non-have States?

Peter AUMER, MP (CDU/CSU), Speaker, Sub-Committee on Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation, German Bundestag, Berlin/Regensburg*
Jérome LAROSCH, Head, Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, The Hague*
Sigurd SCHELSTRAETE, Director Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels
Ralf STEGNER, MP (SPD), Speaker, Sub-Committee on Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation, German Bundestag, Berlin/Limburg

12:20 Uhr
Wrap-Up & Words of Farwell

Thomas MÜLLER-FÄRBER, Program Director International Affairs, Protestant Academy Loccum

12:30 Uhr
Goodbye Lunch

12:50 Uhr
Bus Shuttle


* invited
** preliminary confirmation

Mehr zum Thema

This event will bring together arms control experts, practitioners, and activists from across Europe to assess and evaluate the current situation. The conference aims to provide a forum that fosters innovative policy ideas to reduce threats and risks. Thereby, we focus particularly on the European “nuclear non-haves” and ask what role they could play in the future.

Dr. Thomas Müller-Färber, Program Director
Prof. Dr. Julia Koll, Academy Director







For a two-night stay including all meals (breakfast, lunch, cake, dinner) we charge 195 Euro.
For students, we offer a reduced fee of 110 Euro. Please send us your enrolment certificate in advance as a verification.
A reduction of the conference fee for temporary participation is not possible.
Cancellations after 10th June will cause compensation of 25% of the fee.


Bei einer Absage nach dem 10.06.2024 müssen wir Ihnen 25% der Tagungsgebühr in Rechnung stellen.


Bitte bezahlen Sie die Gebühren erst nach Erhalt einer Rechnung von uns.


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Es besteht eine direkte Verbindung zur Akademie mit dem Zubringerbus ab dem Bahnhof in Wunstorf.
Zur Akademie - Abholung am Bahnhof Wunstorf, Ausgang ZOB: 19.06.2024, 12:30 Uhr
Zum Bahnhof - Ankunft am Bahnhof Wunstorf (voraussichtlich): 21.06.2024, 13:30 Uhr

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