Project: Odessa Summer School on Nonproliferation

Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is one of the leading institutions that actively support educational and training activities in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security. Since 2009, the Institute of Social Studies of Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University together with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority have held the international summer schools on nonroliferation, nuclear safety and security.

The objective of the school is to improve nonproliferation knowledge, develop analytical and research skills, promote contacts between participants and regions. This will help to create a nonproliferation community of a new generation of specialists in the field of nonproliferation. Over the years, six summer schools were carried out, and more than one hundred students, young researchers and experts from Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Ukraine took part in them.

The leading experts from Europe and the United States, representatives of key international and Ukrainian organizations and structures on nonproliferation and security present the lectures for students. Among them it is worth to be mentioned Lars van Dassen, head of the Office of International Affairs of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Thomas Jonter, professor at Stockholm University, Robert Kelley, former director of the IAEA, Sergiy Galaka, professor of the Kiev Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Grigory Perepelitsa, professor, Director of the Institute of Foreign Policy, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, Polina Sinovets, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, currently Head of Odessa Center for Nonproliferation, Nikita Perfiliev, External Relations Officer at the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Elena Sokova, former Executive Director of Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, currently the Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Nikolai Sokov, Senior Fellow at Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Gennadiy Varyanychko, the State Enterprise “Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov” (YUZHMASH), Sergiy Kondratov, Senior Research Associate, Department of Nuclear Policy and Security, National Institute for Strategic Studies, Lyudmila Zenyuk and Oksana Fazly from the State Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine (SNRCU), Wyn Bowen, Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College, London, Mark Hibbs, Senior Associate Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Lina Grip, Researcher at European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Dauren Aben, Senior Research Fellow at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The schools are always a combination of lectures, discussions on selected topics and international documents, simulation game exercise, and presentations of participants.

The first school was devoted to analysis of Ukraine's place in the global system of nonproliferation and arm control, to scrutinize political and technical dimensions. The following schools covered actual issues of contemporary nonproliferation regime, challenges and threats to security and NPT, as well analyzed the prospects of a world without nuclear weapons and other key issues of international security. Considerable attention was paid to the impact of international actors on nuclear stability and security.

Thus, in 2010, the Summer School participants together with experts discussed the opportunities and risks of nuclear renaissance; in 2012 the political and technical aspects of global nuclear zero were touched upon; in 2013 the school topic was “Global nuclear and missile proliferation and its impact on Ukraine”.

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For practical understanding of lectures, participants visited the Strategic Missile Forces Museum (Mykolaiv region, Ukraine).

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In 2014 regional challenges of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear safety were discussed.

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In 2015, VI Odessa Summer School on nonproliferation was held in the premises of Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University.

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The program of VI Summer School was worked out according to the latest global and regional tendencies. Participants discussed the complicated effect of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict on NPT regime, disarmament and the nuclear renaissance. Summer School Students evaluated chosen topic as:

  • “Very up to time, relevant and useful”;
  • “To my mind, we touched upon the most “fresh” and complicated topics and it resulted in getting the clear view of the conflicts and some other issues”;
  • “The chosen topic is of vital importance for understanding the changing global order”;
  • “These Summer School trainings made me find the sphere I want to work in my future, that’s very-very important result for me!”

Students really appreciate every lecture and expert tasks, according to their comments:

  • “There was a brilliant journey into theories explaining proliferation and nonproliferation”;
  • “Iran’s issue was opened clearly and deeply”;
  • “Especially I liked the way the topic of Russian military doctrine was covered and the modernization programs”;
  • the expert “proves the necessity of combining political issues with technical”;
  • the expert “could, can and will be able to challenge our minds”.

The authors of the best presentations in 2015 were awarded with the special certificates. Mykola Khystenko (presentation’s topic «Public (Opensource) Radiation Monitoring: Cases, Challenges, Discussion») received the award for the best business presentation.

Wojciech Jakóbik (topic «Iran Effect») for the most energy-boost presentation.

Oleksandr Kanskyi (presentation on «Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Elimination of SS-20 (Saber)») was awarded for the most missile friendly presentation.

Olha Sribniak (topic «Iran & the P5 + 1 negotiations (in terms of Putnam's" Two-level Game "Model)») for the best presentation of the new nuclear non-proliferation community's member; Nazar Melnyk and Vadym Mukha (presentation «Nuclear Fusion in connection with NPT») received the award for the most useful presentation.

Maciej Stanecki (topic «British and American approach to the “Rapacki Plan”») for the best historical presentation.