Dr. Lassina Zerbo’s Opening Speech to the Simulated 2015 NPT Review Conference

October 3, 2014

Video Lecture: Took place on September 18-19, 2014

Speech by Dr. Lassina Zerbo

The Simulated 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference

Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), visited the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) on September 18-19, 2014. During his visit to campus, he gave the opening speech to the simulated 2015 NPT Review Conference — a semester long simulation course conducted by Dr. William Potter.

The CTBTO is the international organization tasked with maintaining the International Monitoring System for the CTBT. Verification of a global nuclear test ban is a critical component in bringing the Treaty into force. The United States is one of a handful of countries that has not yet ratified the agreement.

Seminar: The Work of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Video Lecture: Took place on September 18-19, 2014
See also the Q&A Session that followed 

Dr. Lassina Zerbo also gave a seminar at CNS about the work of the CTBTO, participated in an informal lunch with Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) faculty and CNS experts, and also met separately with CNS Visiting Fellows. Accompanied by Dr. Zerbo was Mr. Jean duPreez, Chief of External Relations at the CTBTO and formerly head of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP) at CNS.

He sat down with Dr. Jeffrey Lewis to discuss the future of the treaty banning nuclear explosions. Dr. Zerbo describes advances in the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System, explains how being from Burkina Faso helps makes the case that nonproliferation is in everyone’s interest, and talks about what the international community needs to do to bring the CTBT into force.

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