A student project of SLMK (Swedish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) and IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).
Goals: Information and opinionbuilding at universities in nuclear weapons states by peers from nuclear and non-nuclear states.
By discussing alternative security strategies with university students of nuclear weapons states we offer alternative arguments to the ones expressed in national media and thereby aim to put the disarmament discussion back on the students’ agenda.
Peer-education will be used to reach and influence students, who are both important opinion-makers and future decision-makers.
Students of medicine, physics and political science at the universities of the nuclear weapons states should;
1. Be informed of the medical consequences of nuclear weapons and the situation of their country
2. 2. Answer the following questions:
You will within a ten-year perspective shoulder a limited responsibility for the security situation of your country nationally, internationally and globally. What are your opinions on inheriting your country’s:
1. Nuclear weapon doctrine?
2. Responsibility for maintenance and perhaps developing of your country’s nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction?
3. Economical responsibility for completing the agreed disarmament of all nuclear weapons?
Who: The project is initiated and sponsored by SLMK and is undertaken by a group of international IPPNW students.
IPPNW, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, is an international federation of physicians’ organizations working for peace and disarmament since 1980. The organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1985.
SLMK, Swedish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, is the Swedish Affiliate of IPPNW.
The student group is currently under the leadership of Richard Fristedt, SLMK, and Caecilie Buhmann, DLMK (Danish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).
What: The project consists of both training of the trainers as well as student delegations to nuclear weapons states where discussions of alternative security strategies with university students will be undertaken. A questionnaire will be distributed to collect data on the general attitude towards nuclear weapons amongst the next generation to inherit them.
– Training of the trainers: In December 2002 a 2-day workshop will take place in Copenhagen where trainers from Europe and USA will participate. Training will be on nuclear weapons basics and the dialogue technique introduced by the Oxford Research Group. This training will be followed-up by a 1-day workshop in Kathmandu in February 2003 for South Asian students.
Ongoing training will take place by participation in student delegations and physician dialogues with decision.makers running parallel to the student dialogues.
– Delegations: During the period, spring 2003 – fall 2004, the student group will send delegations to the capitals of USA, Russia, India, Pakistan, China, UK and France. Here dialogue seminars using the Oxford Research Group dialogue technique will be undertaken at faculties of health sciences, political science and natural science.
The dialogues will be arranged by local groups of students that the project already has contact with as a result of the pilot project (see below). We aim at a participation of 50 students in each dialogue. The dialogue will be undertaken by international students with participation of IPPNW physicians who will be in the country due to the parallel running dialogues with decision-makers.
– Questionnaire: A questionnaire will be distributed by the local student group to 300 students representative of the general student population in each capital. Results will be collected and analyzed by the international student group and used in the evaluation report and possibly for scientific purposes.
December 2002: Training of trainers from Europe and USA in Copenhagen.
February 2003: Training of trainers from South Asia in Nepal.
April 2003: Dialogues with students and decision-makers in India and Pakistan.
May 2003: Dialogues with students and decision-makers in Russia.
September 2003: Dialogues with students and decision-makers in China.
October 2003: Dialogues with students and decision-makers in USA.
February 2004: Dialogues with students and decision-makers in UK and France.
March – August 2004: Analysis of questionnaires and production of evaluation report
September 2004: Presentation of project and results at IPPNW World Congress.
Pilot Project: The student group has already undertaken a 1-year pilot project financed by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. A group of 4 students from USA, Sweden and Denmark visited France, Russia, India and Pakistan. The current project is based on their experiences and the contacts made in the countries they visited. For the pilot project materials were produced (brochure, flyer, questionnaire) that can be reused in the present project.
Funding: The funding for the following will all come from the Nuclear Weapon Inheritance Project budget;
– Training in Copenhagen
– Training in Nepal
– Delegations to capitals
– Evaluation report
During the pilot project the budget was covered both by SLMK and by funds provided by the Swedish foreign department. The same solution would be desirable for the Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project. The composition of the budget will be ready by the middle of December.
Evaluation: Every dialogue will be evaluated according to a standardized evaluation form produced during the pilot study. At the end of the project an evaluation report will be produced together with the dialogues with decision-makers undertaken by physicians during the same period of time. The questtionaires will be analyzed and quoted in the evaluation report and the results of the project will be presented at the IPPNW World Congress in Beijing in September 2004.