By Dr Kamil Zwolski, Politics & International Relations
On Tuesday I will be in San Francisco to attend the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. We have a great panel with Harald Müller, who is the Vice-President of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, as a discussant. I will be presenting a paper on the EU’s role in non-proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, materials and know-how. CBRN pose very complex security risks and require long-term, transnational approach. My paper revisits the concept of international ‘actorness’ in order to examine the past, present and possible future role of the EU in preventing the proliferation of CBRN threat. Thus, in addition to evaluating past policies, my paper analyses the impact of the Lisbon Treaty reforms and the changing international security environment on the position of the EU as an aspiring global non-proliferation actor.