Global Histories of Anti-Nuclear and Peace Activism in the Late Cold War

This event will explore different forms of international action for nuclear disarmament since the 1980s and what lessons can be drawn for campaigners and policymakers today.

In January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force, supported by over 50 countries around the world. This breakthrough is the result of the work of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.


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This event was held on Friday 26 March 2021.

It was part of the "Global Histories of Peace and Anti-Nuclear Activism" conference on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 March. This two-day conference brings together researchers from 15 countries to provide global perspectives of anti-nuclear and peace activism during and after the Cold War. It was co-organised with The Open University, University of Sheffield, Woodrow Wilson Center and Universita Rome Tre.


Nick Dunlop is Secretary General of the Climate Parliament. As Secretary General of Parliamentarians for World Order he coordinated the Six Nation Initiative, which saw leaders from five continents jointly promote nuclear disarmament.

Beatrice Fihn is Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance at LSE and Executive Director of the Conflict Research Programme at LSE IDEAS. She co-founded European Nuclear Disarmament and was Editor of the influential END Journal.

Luc-André Brunet is Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project at LSE IDEAS and Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at The Open University.