This week the representatives of the World Institute for Nuclear Security are participating in the US – Black Sea Nonproliferation Professional Exchange being held on the basis of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
On Wednesday, 27th April 2022 WINS (Executive Director Lars van Dassen, Head of Programme Development Rhonda Evans, Academy and Communications Manager Roland Fletcher, Project Manager Whitney K. Isaacs, Project Manager Tomas Bieda, WiN Ukraine President Margaryta Rayets and WiN Ukraine Vice-President Anastasiia Nechytailo) presented on such topics as the work of WINS, updates on the recent A/CPPNM conference, challenges to international norms in time of crisis and the WINS Academy in terms of building nuclear security capacity and capability. The experts also hold group discussions with other participants on relevant topics.
The newly established US-Black Sea Exchange Program is intended to provide a channel to allow deeper coordination and support between nonproliferation professionals in the WMD community including scholars/researchers and diplomats/practitioners. This program was planned before the war in Ukraine to broaden the extensive connections between U.S. and Ukrainian nonproliferation experts, to include neighboring countries, particularly a mix of university faculty, diplomats, and other practitioners from Black Sea countries and the United States. Participating countries include Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States.