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The European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative (ENSI), VCDNP

VCDNPThe Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is launching a new European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative (ENSI). This initiative will focus on providing support  to the European community, writ large, in relation to global non-proliferation efforts in the years ahead.

In launching the initiative at this point, it is recognized that the European Community already plays a leading role in global non-proliferation efforts. Nonetheless, it is believed that, in the context of substantial global uncertainty, it is important that Europeans expand these efforts in the immediate future. This is particularly important in the context of Brexit and the new US administration, developments that have raised  questions about the continuity of the status quo on non-proliferation and security governance issues.

With this in mind, the initiative will seek to support the European community in a number of ways:

  • Through the provision of expertise drawn from a new roster of non-governmental experts from across Europe. This will be particularly relevant for projects implemented under the EU’s CBRNe Centres of Excellence initiative and other capacity building programmes;
  • Through the use of VCDNP as a meeting venue for Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues and other events related to European non-proliferation and security policy;
  • Through policy generation and the provision of advice related to non-proliferation matters in the European context; and
  • Through the provision of world-class research and analytical expertise on issues related to non-proliferation and strategic trade controls.

Capitalizing on the VCDNP’s location  next to the Vienna International Centre, it is hoped that the initiative will also foster greater engagement and collaboration among nuclear stakeholders in Vienna on  issues related to European non-proliferation policy.

While the VCDNP is launching  ENSI with its own funds, ongoing support of the initiative and project‑based funding will be sought to ensure the sustainability of this effort into the future. With this in mind, early meetings will be requested with key stakeholders in the EU and elsewhere.

This initiative will be based in Vienna and will be led by Ian Stewart on a part-time basis. The initiative will be supported by expertise from across Europe, which will be mobilized through the new roster of associated experts. Details of this roster, including how to participate, will be distributed in due course.

You are encouraged to engage with the initiative. In the first instance, this can be achieved by emailing Ian Stewart at or on twitter at @VCDNP_ENSI

About the VCDNP

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is an international non‑governmental organization established on the initiative of the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 2010. It is operated by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The official opening ceremony of the VCDNP was held on 25 February 2011 at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. The VCDNP’s mission is to promote international peace and security by providing a platform for independent analysis and dialogue in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. In fulfilling its mission, the VCDNP employs conferences, seminars and other mechanisms to foster results-oriented discussion among international organizations, national governments, non-governmental experts, scholars and civil society. The Center also partners with other academic and non‑governmental institutions, as well as international organizations, in conducting research, outreach, education and training on non‑proliferation and disarmament.

About Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart is the Director of the EU Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative (ENSI) at the VCDNP. He is also a senior research associate at King’s College London, where he runs Project Alpha, a project focussed on export control and sanctions issues. Presently, he is also the training adviser for the consortium implementing the EU P2P programme on dual-use goods, which is funded under the EU CBRNe Centre of Excellence initiative.

Ian is a specialist on issues related to export controls and sanctions and, more generally, on non-proliferation. He is an engineer by education and has many years of experience working in government and with companies and international organisations in relation to non‑proliferation matters. From 2000 until his secondment to King’s College London to establish Project Alpha in 2011, he worked with the UK Ministry of Defence, where he held a number of positions related to nuclear technology and non‑proliferation matters. He was also a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2010.