Pre-NSS Conference The Hague

On  24 & 25 March 2014 the Hague will be the host of a wide array of world leaders who will discuss a topic vital to international security: nuclear proliferation. In the World Forum the leaders and their entourage will meet for the third instalment of the Nuclear Security Summit, with the aim to agree upon new arrangements to prevent the spreading of highly nuclear materials. But how will they do this? Nuclear technology is no longer exclusive to a select number of countries and more and more nations are looking to benefit from the blessing of nuclear power. Should the international community make way for those who demand a share in the benefit of this cheap, and clean, source of energy, with all the connected risks involved? Or should the benefits of this technology be contained to the select number of countries already using it? Who has the right to decide which risks are outweigh which benefits in a world in which the balance of power is shifting? On February 3 the VeerStichting, in cooperation with the US embassy and Campus Den Haag, will pose the question: who has the right to decide in the nuclear age?


The event will focus upon two different aspects of nuclear proliferation. First  Juurd Eijsvoogel, columnist for NRC Handelsblad and editor international relations, will speak from his experience on the practice of diplomacy at a world summit to provide a look behind the screens of international affairs. After this, Keir A Lieber will speak with us . Keir A Lieber is an American expert on nuclear proliferation and will explain the paramount importance of an international agreement on the control  of hazardous nuclear materials. Finally, the floor will be open for questions and discussion.


19:00     Doors open
19:30     Welcome & Introductions
19:45     Lecture by Juurd Eijsvoogel
20:15     Lecture by Keir A Lieber
20:45     Time for discussion


This event is open to all those interested, however, it is kindly requested to register by sending an e-mail to before Friday 31 January.

Practical Information


Leiden University Campus The Hague
Schouwburgstraat 2
2595 DG The Hague

The Auditorium


Monday 3 February 2014


19:00 – 21.30