Recent years have seen the unravelling of some of the landmark arms control treaties, compounded with growing strategic competition between major powers and increases in military spending. This inevitably places arms control high on the agenda, including in the framework of NATO 2030. In 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “arms control is in NATO’s DNA”. This talk discussed NATO’s approach to arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation and the role for arms control in NATO’s next Strategic Concept. It also addressed partnership goals related to Australia in the context of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

Special guest for the webinar was NATO’s Acting Director of the Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre Ms Eirini Lemos-Maniati. She spoke with United States Studies Centre's Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Dr Gorana Grgic.

Jointly presented by the USSC and NATO Public Diplomacy Division, this event was the latest in a series of talks with USSC and NATO experts in which they explore the challenges ahead of NATO and Australia and propose areas where furthering and deepening cooperation can offer solutions.