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ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies


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About the ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop Program
The ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop is an annual program intended to bring together emerging
scholars and practitioners who are at a relatively early stage in their careers. The purposes of the
workshop are, first, to encourage new directions and new ideas in the analysis of international
organizations; second, to establish and strengthen contacts between international relations scholars
and the United Nations practitioners; and third, to stimulate advanced research and teaching in the
specific workshop subject matter. Participants will prepare and present individual research papers,
actively discuss others’ research presentations, and engage in meetings, guest lectures, and site
visits in The Hague. Participants in the workshop will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge
and applied skills in the analysis of a number of issue areas related to the workshop theme.

Summary of the 2013 Workshop
During the 2013 Summer Workshop, each participant presented a paper for discussion with their peers. These topics engage with the subject of “Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives”. A summary of each participant’s presentation, written by Hisae Kawamori, can be found here. A complete collection of their papers can be found here.

Workshop Information

Date and Location

  • July 19-27 , 2013
  • Vienna, Austria

Program Theme and Policy Relevance
For 2013, the ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies (SWIOS ’13) engages with the subject of “Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives”.

Topics that are anticipated as being addressed in the Workshop lectures, participants’ presentations and discussions include (but are not limited to): the development, agreement and implementation or reinforcement of norms, policies, treaties and laws/regulations around nuclear security and safety related to both military and peaceful nuclear programs e.g. START, NPT, CTBT, Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Nuclear Suppliers Group; the lessons of general and specific historical ‘problem cases’ (countries, regions, technological or other developments) for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and their political, policy and technological solutions, including  the relationship between nuclear and conventional arms ‘imbalances of power’ in different regional contexts; the national, regional and global challenges posed by decommissioning, disaster mitigation, and the threats of nuclear terrorism and co-called ‘rogue states’; the roles, interests and agendas of national governments, international organizations, the private sector, individual leaders and experts, NGOs, civil society movements, and the media in creating knowledge and awareness of, and support for, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives such as nuclear-weapons-free zones; and north-south and south-south cooperation in utilizing nuclear technology for peaceful applications including sustainable development priorities (agriculture and food security, resources management, health care, energy and power generation). Applicants also are invited to propose other relevant topics as appropriate in their applications.

The SWIOS ’13 will take place in Vienna, and is intended to include meetings and guest lectures, site visits and/or other forms of exchanges, with several related Vienna-based international bodies and agencies including the IAEA, CTBTO PrepCom, UNIDO, UNIS, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). Visiting speakers also may come from relevant Austrian government ministries, national UN missions, the Diplomatic Academy and other specialists. Where possible, the revised research papers of participants, or summaries of the discussions, will be made available following the workshop through the ACUNS web site and global network of scholars and practitioners.

Learning Objectives
Participants in the workshop will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge and applied skills in the analysis of a number of issue areas related to the workshop theme. In some measure, the specific issue areas will be determined by the research proposals of the selected participants, but more broadly the themes and skill-sets to be addressed may be anticipated to include (but not be limited to):

  • The complex and varying nature of the interrelationships between political, economic, legal and technological aspects of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation governance at national, intergovernmental and non-governmental levels, and across military and civilian policy sectors;
  • The current ‘state of knowledge’ regarding progress towards achieving full compliance with the treaties, programs and objectives of core agencies (IAEA, CTBTO PrepCom) and other relevant actors;
  • Climate change and nuclear technology and power;
  • Identifying and reflecting upon, the “lessons learned” from the sharing of innovative proposals, ideas, and practices, between and among the next generation of scholars and practitioners, and how these best might be used to promote positive policy outcomes

Through presentations by young scholars and practitioners, case studies, guided research, special lectures and innovative pedagogies geared towards post-graduate level professionals, this workshop will encourage participants to improve their own skills and capacities for engaging constructively at different stages and in varying environments in the complex but critical areas of the governance of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and the peaceful applications of nuclear technology.

Participant Selection

  • Up to 20 participants will be selected by a review committee for the Workshop.
  • Normally, approximately half of the participants come from within the United Nations.
  • Those selected will be expected to submit a ten-page draft of a research or policy paper to his or her director no later than 4 weeks in advance of the workshop (terms of references will be provided). Following the workshop, participants are asked to submit a revised version of their paper/presentation to the director within 2 months’ time (by the end of September 2013), which will be made available on the ACUNS web site.
  • The working language of the workshop is English.
  • The selected participants will receive the lowest-cost economy class return air travel between their location and the workshop site, accommodations and some meals for the duration of the workshop.
  • The workshop is designed to promote collegial exchange and networking in an intense program. Participants are expected to take part fully in all aspects of the program.  For this reason, participants are not encouraged to be accompanied by spouses, children or other dependents. Neither ACUNS, the host institution or any other associated organization will be able to offer any services or support for anyone accompanying a workshop participant.

Application Procedure (Closed)
Scholars in international relations and international law, and from other fields relevant to the workshop e.g. development, international public policy; and practitioners from NGOs and government institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply.

  • On-line applications (see link below) must be completed by Friday, March 29, 2013 and must include all of the following:
  • A brief (~1,000 words) statement of research interests apropos of the workshop themes;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • Two letters of reference submitted on-line or sent directly to ACUNS