Key Resources and 2018 Calendar

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2018 CTBT Calendar

Updated: January 2018

February

February 12-16: African regional infrasound workshop integrated training for National Data Centers

March

March 12-23: 50th session of Working Group B, the subsidiary body of the Preparatory Commission tasked with verification issues 

March 12-23: Training course on National Data Center capacity building: access and analysis of waveform International Monitoring System data and International Data Center production 

March 31: 60th anniversary of Soviet announcement of unilateral suspension of testing in 1958 

April

April 6: 20th anniversary of France and the United Kingdom's ratification of the CTBT

April 8-13: European Geophysical Union General Assembly 

April 9-12: Technical training for radionuclide station operators with SPALAX equipment 

April 9-13: Technical training for radionuclide station operators with SAUNA equipment 

April 9-13: Technical training for station operations of International Monitoring System infrasound stations with gurlap and nanometrics equipment 

April 23-May 4: Second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons 

May

May 6-12: 2018 National Data Center workshop 

May 14-18: Fiftieth session of the CTBTO Advisory Group, which advises the Preparatory Commission and its working groups on financial, budgetary and associated administrative matters 

May 28: 20th anniversary of Pakistan’s first nuclear test, a series of five simultaneous explosions. India announced it had conducted five underground nuclear test explosions earlier that month.

June

June 11-13: Fifty-third session of Working Group A, the subsidiary body of the Preparatory Commission responsible for budgetary and administrative matters

July

July 2-4: Fiftieth session of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission 

July 3: 25th anniversary of the announcement that the United States will extend its test moratorium and pursue completion of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty by September 1996 

August

August 5: 55th anniversary of the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which bans nuclear tests in the atmosphere, outer space, and underwater 

August 27- September 7: Fifty-first session of Working Group B on verification matters 

August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests 

September

September 25-28: Fifty-first session of the CTBTO Advisory Group, which advises the Preparatory Commission and its working groups on financial, budgetary and associated administrative matters 

October

October 17-19: Fifty-fourth session of Working Group A, the subsidiary body of the Preparatory Commission responsible for budgetary and administrative matters 

November

November 5-7: Fifty-first session of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission 

 

Websites

United Nations Statement on the International Day against Nuclear Tests (August 29)

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Organization (CTBTO)

Article XIV Conference on Facilitating Entry Into Force of the CTBT

U.S. Department of State CTBT Page

Arms Control Association CTBT Resource Page

 

Reports

U.S. Department of Energy. Trends in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research & Development - A Physics Perspective. National Nuclear Security Administration, June 2017.

National Research Council. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

"Now More Than Ever: the Case for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Association Briefing Book, February 2010.

JASON panel, Life Extension Program (LEP) Executive Summary, JSR-09-334E, September 9, 2009. (PDF)

Raymond Jeanloz, “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and U.S. Security,” chapter in Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, 2008.

National Academy of Sciences, Technical Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 2002.

General John M. Shalikashvili, Findings and Recommendations Concerning The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, January 2001.

JASON panel, Nuclear Testing: Summary and Conclusions, JSR-95-320, August 3, 1995.

 

Opinion

Sergei Ryabkov and Lassina Zerbo, "The Nuclear Test Ban: Time to Finish What We Started," The Diplomat, April 21, 2017.

R. Rajaraman, "It Is Time India Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," The Wire, Foundation for Independent Journalism, January 6, 2017.

Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, "A comprehensive nuclear test ban," Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 2, 2016.

Ambassador Sergio Duarte, "The Need for the Entry into Force of the CTBT," TRANSCEND Media Service, November 25, 2016.

Shervin Taheran, "Reinforcing Nuclear-Test-Ban With Security Council Resolution," In Depth News, flagship of International Press Syndicate, August 26, 2016.

Galen Carey, "Support Obama's UN Resolution on Nuclear Testing," Christian Post, August 26, 2016.

Daryl G. Kimball, "Obama's Nuclear Test Moratorium Is Common Sense," The National Interest, August 14, 2016.

Sergey Ryabkov, Foreign Minister of Russia, and Lassina Zerbo, "The United States Needs to Step Up and Ratify the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty," Foreign Policy, April 22, 2016.

Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, "Want a World Without the Threat of Nuclear Weapons? We Must Ban Nuclear Testing," International Business Times, December 15, 2015.

Lassina Zerbo, "An End to Mushroom Clouds Forever," OZY, October 3, 2015. 

Daryl G. Kimball, "Why the Pope is Right About Nuclear Weapons," The National Interest, September 30, 2015.

Happymon Jacob, "Rekindling the Disarmament Momentum," The Hindu, September 21, 2015.

Lassina Zerbo,"India and the CTBT," The Hindu, February 14, 2015.

Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S., Daryl G. Kimball, and Paul F. Walker, "Close the Door on Nuclear Dangers," The Hill, September 14, 2014.

Thomas Pickering, "US Leadership Needed to Prevent Nuclear Testing by North Korea," Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2013.

Thomas Graham, Jr. and Jake Garn, "Time to Ban Nuke Testing," The Salt Lake Tribune, February 16, 2013.

Jayantha Dhanapala, "Defusing the Nuclear Powder Keg," The Hindu, April 30, 2012.

Hazel O'Leary, "New Evidence for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," San Diego Union Tribune, April 19, 2012.

Trisha S. Beck, "No Need for Nuclear Weapons Testing Any Longer," Deseret News, April 11, 2012.

Daryl G. Kimball, "The New NAS Report: The Case is Stronger Than Ever for the Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Association, Issue Brief, March 30, 2012.

Tom Z. Collina and Daryl G. Kimball, "Test Ban Treaty: Myths vs. Realities," Arms Control Association, Issue Brief, March 30, 2012.

Stephen A. Cheney, "Time to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," CNN, January 5, 2012.

Carl Bildt and Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, "Endorse the Nuclear Test Ban." Project Syndicate, December 12, 2011.

Hazel O'Leary and Daryl Kimball, "Ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," LA Times, September 14, 2011.

Tibor Toth, "Nuclear Lessons Unlearned," Project Syndicate, August 31, 2011.

Togzhan Kassenova, "Semipalatinsk: From Nuclear Testing Site to Test Ban Treaty Support," Carnegie Endowment For Interntaional Peace, August 29, 2011.

Daryl Kimball, "Sorting CTBT Fact From Fiction," Arms Control Association Issue Brief, June 20, 2011.

Dary Kimball, "Reconsider the Nuclear Test Ban," Arms Control Today, April 2011.

Daryl Kimball, "Time for the Nuclear Test Ban," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Proliferation Analysis, August 24, 2010.

Pierce Corden, "Banning Nuclear Tests," Science, May 21, 2010.

Vice President Joe Biden, "The President's Nuclear Vision," The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2010.

Jake Garn, "U.S. Should Ratify Test Ban Treaty," Deseret News, January 29, 2010.

Greg Thielmann, "Worried About Iran? Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," The Des Moines Register, January 22, 2010.

Howard James Hubbard and Leon Lederman, "Nuclear Threat Demands a Sustained U.S. Effort," The Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 6, 2010.

Daryl G. Kimball, “Why We Don’t Need to Resume Nuclear Testing,” Arms Control Today, November 2009.

Deepti Choubey, “Iran Brings Urgency to U.S.’ Need to Ratify Nuclear Test Treaty,” The Hill, October 20, 2009.

Jessica Mathews, “This Time, Ban the Test,” The International Herald Tribune, October 21, 2009.

Former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, former Senator Sam Nunn, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, "Case for Ratifying Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," Politico, June 2, 2009.

The New York Times, "The Test Ban Treaty," May 24, 2009.

Daryl G. Kimball, "The Logic of the Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Today, May 2009.

Deepti Choubey, "Don't Wait for the United States," CTBTO Spectrum, April 2009. (PDF)

John M. Shalikashvili, "The Test Ban Solution,"The Washington Post, January 2001. 

 

Articles

Pierce Corden, Rose Gottemoeller, Edward Ifft, Christian Istrate, Togzhan Kassenova, Daryl Kimball, Jenifer Mackby, Zia Mian, Massimiliano Moretti, Andreas Persho, Jaap Ramaker, Paul Richards, Tibor Toth, Gabriella Venturini in The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 23, Issues 3-4 “Twenty years of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” 2016.

Paul G. Richards and Won-Young Kim, “Advances in Monitoring for Nuclear Explosions,” Scientific American, March 2, 2009.

David Hafemeister “The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Effectively Verifiable,” Arms Control Today, October 2008.