Reinforcing and strengthening the nuclear taboo: how to operationalise the no-use norm November 30, 2023 at 1:15pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) UN - Conference Room A UN Headquarters - 405 E 45th St New York, NY 10017 United States Contact person: Julia Cournoyer

In a world marked by escalating tension and the rising prominence of nuclear threats, the preservation of the nuclear taboo takes on unparalleled significance. In recent years, this essential norm has encountered new and formidable challenges.  

Chatham House and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs will convene experts and policymakers for a discussion on the status of the nuclear taboo and strategies to reinforce and strengthen it, seeking to answer: 

  • What role does the TPNW play in reinforcing the nuclear taboo, and how can states parties ensure its effective implementation? 
  • How has the increased salience of nuclear weapons challenged the preservation of the nuclear taboo? 
  • How can normative frameworks play a role in strengthening international agreements related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation? 
  • What is the impact of emerging technologies on the nuclear taboo, and how can normative solutions address these challenges? 
  • How can civil society contribute to the preservation and reinforcement of the nuclear taboo? 

Opening remarks for this event will be delivered by Clare Brosnan, Director of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. This event will be chaired by Dr Patricia Lewis, Director of the International Security Programme at Chatham House and speakers will include:

  • Dr Nina Tannenwald, Senior Researcher in the Department of Political Science at Brown University
  • Dr J. Luis Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of International Security & Law at George Mason University
  • Professor Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This event is hybrid - to attend virtually, please register here.