Security and Defence

A world without the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty redux?
18 Nov 2019 16:00 - 18:00
Source: British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart (third from right) signing the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, London, 1968. © AP/IAEA

The Clingendael Institute and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organise this public lecture by Joseph Pilat. Sico van der Meer delivers the opening speech. Sign up here

Public lecture by Dr. Joseph Pilat

Dr. Joseph F. Pilat is a Program Manager in the Office of National Security and International Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he co-directs the Nonproliferation Forum. He served as Representative of the Secretary of Defense to the Fourth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and as senior adviser to the US Delegation at the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. Dr. Pilat also served as representative of the Secretary of Defense to the Open Skies negotiations. He has held positions in the Pentagon and the Congressional Research Service, and has taught at Cornell University, Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary. 

How the world would look if the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) were to collapse or erode

Joseph Pilat will share his perspectives on the importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by contemplating on how the world would look if the NPT were to collapse or erode. He will argue that it would undoubtedly worsen the nuclear and broader international security and energy landscape by undermining the non-proliferation norm, disrupting the framework on which the peaceful cooperation on nuclear energy occurs, diminishing future prospects for further arms reductions and disarmament and weakening the security of all states alike, whether or not they possess nuclear weapons.


15:30 Coffee/Tea

16:00 Introduction by Sico van der Meer (Clingendael Institute)

16:10 Presentation by Joseph Pilat (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

16:45 Q&A’s

17:15-18:00: Closing drinks


You are most welcome to attend the lecture. Please note that there is limited seating available, so registration is necessary. Please sign up here.