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13.04.2021 16:07

Call for applications for one-year fellowship at the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA)

Karin Hammer Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK) / Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

    Training the next generation of security negotiators! Until May 2, 2021, candidates are invited to apply for Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) fellowship starting on July 1, 2021. The program offers highly qualified emerging researchers and practitioners in the field of international arms control the opportunity to deepen their technical knowledge and complement it with excellent negotiation expertise in the course of a one-year training framework.

    At the core of the program lie three five-day workshops, where this year's cohort of 16 fellows will be ideally prepared for their roles as emerging leaders in the fields of arms control, peace and conflict research, and international security through a combination of expert lectures, analysis of historical case studies, and intensive training exercises. Travel and accommodation costs for participants will be covered. The first workshop, scheduled for August 2021, will be held virtually.

    ACONA is a joint initiative of six research institutes from Europe, the United States, and Russia, which have been observing the growing threat to international security with concern: First, the formal nuclear and conventional arms control architecture that has sustained international security and strategic stability over the past five decades is crumbling. Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option as the international arms control arena rapidly expands to include a growing range of actors and technologies.
    Second, arms control negotiating expertise in the Euro-Atlantic region has been weakened. Policymakers, diplomats, and scholars in the United States, Russia, the EU, and other regions of the world are inadequately prepared to address the many challenges associated with nuclear disarmament. Successful negotiations require that policy makers be well informed about both the technical and political aspects of arms control agreements. Dwindling knowledge of Cold War arms control treaties and lack of training opportunities in necessary negotiation skills make it difficult for the new generation of policymakers and researchers to confront new threats to established disarmament and arms control regimes.

    The ACONA Fellowship Program aims to fill this gap in the educational base of emerging scholars and practitioners. In addition to participating in workshops and conducting a joint research project, ACONA fellows are guided by experienced and renowned experts. For instance, previous ACONA spokespersons include the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, and the former High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton. Participants earn a certificate and become part of ACONA's network of next-generation arms control negotiators.

    The Academy welcomes applications from highly qualified candidates who present three to five years of substantial professional or research experience in one of the following areas: Arms Control and Nuclear Affairs, Negotiation and Mediation, International Peace and Security Affairs, particularly U.S.-Russia-China-EU relations. More information and the application portal can be found at

    Workshop dates:
    • August 16-20, 2021, virtual
    • January 10-14, 2022, host t.b.d.
    • May 9-13, 2022, Reykjavík, Iceland
    Collaborating research institutes of the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA):
    • Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
    • Negotiation Task Force (NTF) of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Harvard
    • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.
    • Höfði Reykjavík Peace Center, University of Iceland
    • Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)
    • Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow/St. Petersburg

    Weitere Informationen: ACONA website

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