On 19 September, the Berlin Office welcomed 25 participants of this year's United Nation Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament and invited them to two round table talks. Anja Dahlmann, Head of the Berlin Office, informed the participants about the work of IFSH and the main topics of the research area Arms Control and New Technologies. In her talk on autonomous weapon systems, she classified current developments and emphasised the need to adapt existing legal, ethical and operational frameworks to the current challenges. Maren Vieluf presented the basics and current developments in nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. Together with the scholarship holders, she discussed the results of the First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which also took place recently.
The visit was part of a three-day trip to Berlin, which the participants of the United Nation Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament undertook at the invitation of the Federal Foreign Office. Discussions with high-ranking representatives of the Federal Foreign Office were also part of the programme. Further trips will take the fellows to New York City, Brussels, Geneva, Vienna and The Hague.