Programme: Istanbul – 60th Pugwash Conference

60th Pugwash Conference

Dialogue, Disarmament, & Regional and Global Security

Full conference programme, Istanbul [PDF]
Conference program with links to selected talks, below

Friday 1 November Adile Sultan Palace
08.30 Registration – please arrive promptly
9.00 – 9.15 Opening – Introductory remarks and message


9.30-10.00 Conference Overview and Pugwash’s role in promoting a nuclear weapons free world

  • Pugwash officials, including former Secretary General Francesco Calogero
10.00 – 11.30 PLENARY SESSION Regional and International SecurityChair: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Pugwash Secretary General (Italy) and Prof. Bulent Aras (Turkey)

Q&A  session – part one and part two

11.30 – 12.00 Break


on Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Elimination

12.00 -12.15 OPENING ADDRESSChair:  Prof. Mustafa Kibaroglu, Turkish Pugwash and Pugwash Council (Turkey)

12.15 – 13.15       PLENARY SESSION: Perspectives on nuclear disarmament and the elimination of weapons of mass destructionChair: Amb. Sergio Duarte, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (Brazil)Opening Statement:

Q&A, Comments

13.15 – 14.3014.30 – 15.00       Lunch KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Pakistan and regional stability Chair: Prof. Saideh Lotfian, Chair Pugwash Council (Iran)
Hon. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Federal Minister for Planning & Development (Pakistan) (prepared text)
15.00– 16.15       PLENARY SESSION:  Eliminating nuclear weapons and other WMD from the Middle East: what next?Chair: Amb. Rolf Ekéus, Chair Swedish Pugwash (Sweden)Panelists:

  • Amb. Wael Al-Assad, Representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament and Regional Security, League of Arab States (Jordan)
  • Amb. Jaakko Laajava, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finland)
  • Amb. Mohamed Shaker, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (Egypt) (prepared text)

Q&A, Comments

16.15-16.45 Break
16.45-18.15     PLENARY SESSION: Eliminating tactical nuclear weapons from EuropeChair: Hon. Giorgio La Malfa, Former Minister for European Affairs (Italy)Panelists:

Q&A, Comments

18.15–19.15     PLENARY SESSION: Perspectives on the elimination of nuclear weaponsChair: Amb. Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash (Sri Lanka)Panelists:

  • Dr. Bruce Blair, Co-founder, Global Zero (USA)
  • Dr. Virginia Gamba, Director, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (Argentina)

Q&A, Comments

19.15-19.30 Symposium Closing               
20.30 Light Dinner (Movenpick)
Saturday 2 Nov 2-5 November all sessions will take place at the Movenpick Hotel
09.00-10.30  PLENARY SESSION: Maintaining the non-proliferation regime and solving the Iranian nuclear controversyChair: Dr. Steve Miller, Chair Pugwash Executive Committee (USA)

  • Dr. Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour, Strategy Adviser to Iran’s Foreign Minister (Iran)
  • Dr. Ali Vaez, International Crisis Group (USA)
  • Dr. Tariq Rauf, President, Global Nuclear Solutions (Canada)
10.30-11.15 PLENARY SESSION: Report of the Secretary General

  • Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino (Italy)
11.15-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-13.15 PLENARY SESSION: Chemical weaponsChair: Dr. Jean Pascal Zanders, The Trench (Belgium)

13.15-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.45 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions
15.45-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-18.30 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions
19.30-21.30 SPECIAL DINNER: Introductions:  Amb. Sergey Batsanov, Pugwash Council (Russia)

Sunday 3 Nov
09.00-10.30 PLENARY SESSION: Nuclear Energy Safety Chair: Dr. Victor Gilinsky, former Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USA)Panelists:

10.30-12.00 PLENARY SESSION: Israel-Palestine:  The Future of the Two State SolutionChair:  Cliff Kupchan, Eurasia Group, Pugwash Council (USA)Panelists:

  • Hon. Dr. Nachman Shai, Member of Knesset (Israel)
  • Dr. Husam Zomlot, Deputy, Foreign Relations Commission, Fateh (Palestine)
  • Commentary: Prof. Galia Golan, Pugwash Council (Israel)
  • Commentary: Dr. Nabil Shaath, Head, Foreign Relations Commission, Fateh (Palestine)
12.00-12.30 Coffee break
12.30-14.00 PLENARY SESSION: Unlocking Gaza in the Present Regional EnvironmentChair: Taghreed El-Khodary (Palestine)Panelists:

  • Dr. Nabil Shaath, Head, Foreign Relations Commission, Fateh (Palestine)
  • Dr. Azzam Tamimi, Islamic scholar (Palestine)
14.00-15.30 Lunch
15.30-17.00 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions
16.30-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-19.00 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions
20.00 Dinner
 Monday 4 Nov
09.00-10.30 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions
10.30-12.00 Coffee Break and photo
12.00-12.45 PLENARY SESSION: Presidential Address

12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 PLENARY SESSION: Dorothy Hodgkin Forum:  Civil society, scientists, and prospects for Syria’s future Chair: Prof. Saideh Lotfian, Chair, Pugwash Council (Iran)

  • Dr. Rim Turkmani, Imperial College London and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Royal Society (Syria)
  • Rime Allaf, writer and adviser (Syria)
  • Dr. Hossein Adeli, Director, Ravand Institution (Iran)
  • Amb. H.E. Umit Yalcin, Director General on Middle Eastern Affairs, MFA (Turkey)
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 PLENARY SESSION: Afghanistan After 2014
Chair: Abul Ahrar Ramizpoor, Chair Afghan Pugwash (Afghanistan)

  • H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, Chair, High Peace Council (Afghanistan)
  • Amb. Robin Raphel, State Department (USA)
  • Amb. Sherry Rehman, Jinnah Institute (Pakistan)
  • Commentary: Amb. Rustam Shah Mohmand, former ambassador to Afghanistan (Pakistan)
  • Commentary: A.S. Dulat, Former Secretary, Research & Analysis Wing (India)
17.30-18.00 PLENARY SESSION: Prospects for a Possible Convention on Cyberwarfare
Chair: Dr. Karen Hallberg, Pugwash Council (Argentina)

  • Prof. Dr. Goetz Neuneck, Pugwash Council (Germany)

Comments: Dr. Gianpiero Siroli, University of Bologna (Italy)

18.00-19.15 PLENARY SESSION OPTION: India/Pakistan DialogueCo-chair and comments: Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Pugwash Council (India)Co-chair and comments: Lt. Gen (ret.) Talat Masood, Pugwash Council (Pakistan)

  • Hon. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan, former Minister of Justice (Pakistan)
  • Amb. G. Parthasarathy, former High Commissioner to Pakistan (India)
Evening free No dinner provided
Tuesday, 5 Nov  
9.30-11.00 PLENARY SESSION: Fukushima Colloquium Chair: Dr. Victor Gilinsky, former Commissioner, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USA)Panelists:

  • Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Chair, Japan Atomic Energy Commission (Japan) – current situation of the Fukushima Daiichi site and prospective policies on the part of the LDP government.
  • Dr. Tomohiro Inagaki, Hiroshima University (Japan) – the social responsibility of scientists, how the situation is monitored and information is shared for the public
  • Prof. Susumu Shirabe, Nagasaki University School of Medicine (Japan) – health effects on the residents
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 PLENARY SESSION: Pugwash Quinquennial BusinessChair: Jayantha Dhanapala and Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

  • Affirmation of new Council; report on quinquennial business; national group reports