Dialogue Across Divides

“We have to learn to think in a new way.”

Pugwash seeks a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.   We create opportunities for dialogue on the steps needed to achieve that end, focusing on areas where nuclear risks are present.  Moving beyond rhetoric, we foster creative discussions on ways to increase the security of all sides in the affected regions.

“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”

Recent activities

Pugwash forum on Gaza
On 18 July 2014 Pugwash launched a new online forum featuring pieces from various Pugwashites on the conflict.

Statement on Gaza On 14 July 2014 Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala and Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement on the situation in Gaza.

Statement on Iraq and Syria On 23 June 2014, Pugwash President Amb. Jayantha Dhanapala and Secretary General Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement on Iraq and Syria

Ramallah and Hebron consultations Ramallah Consultation on the Future of Palestine
on the future of Palestine
Report now available.  On 6-7 April 2014 Pugwash convened a series of roundtable discussions and  private conversations on the future of Palestine.

Herzliya workshop on the Iranian Herzliya Consultation nuclear standoff
Report now available.  On 4-5 April 2014 Pugwash organized a workshop in cooperation with the Israeli Pugwash Group on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Pugwash photo archivePugwash Photo Archive
On 29 May, British Pugwash, with the Pugwash History Project, launched a new photo archive website.

Pugwash launches new website
On 28 May, Pugwash launched its new website with several new features, including expanded searchability, new video resources and enhanced integration with social media.

Geneva killer robot side event Killer Robot Side Event, Geneva, 16 May 2014
On Friday, 16 May, Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala took part in a special side event at the UN, organized by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, titled ‘The Way Forward.’

NYC meeting on WMD in the Middle East

New York consultation on WMD, the Middle East, and Non-Proliferation
On 3 May 2014 Pugwash convened a consultation on the margins of the NPT PrepCom in New York City addressing the issue of WMD in the Middle East region.

Geneva consultation on Syria
On 27 April 2014 Pugwash convened another of its continuing meetings about the Syrian crisis, involving Syrians and international experts in discussion regarding Homs.



Message to the Pugwash Community from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

“Established long ago to promote scientific cooperation across the great political divide of the Cold War, Pugwash today continues to perform this great public service across the different divisions that characterize the post-Cold War world….You are uniquely equipped to ensure that developments in science and technology will serve the welfare of people rather than contribute to new forms of military competition.”

Delivered to the 60th Pugwash Conference, 1 November 2013



Nobel Peace Prize 1995


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