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Corentin Brustlein (Ifri) has been appointed as a member of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Corentin Brustlein, head of Ifri's Security Studies Center, has appointed as a member of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He is attending the 69th Session of the Council, which is taking place in Geneva from 23 to 26 January 2018.


Issues to be discussed:

- Strategic priorities for the Secretary-General on disarmament and non-proliferation

- Current developments in science and technology and their potential impact on international security and disarmament

  List of Members 2018 (PDF)


Dr. Corentin Brustlein is the Head of Security Studies at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri, Paris). Before assuming this position in 2015, he had been a research fellow at Ifri and the head of the institute’s Deterrence and Proliferation program. His areas of expertise include nuclear and conventional deterrence, strategic stability and arms control, U.S. and French defense policies, and force projection and conventional warfare. At Ifri, he is also the editor of the Proliferation Papers, and he has contributed since 2008 to the various activities conducted by the joint civil-military research unit established at Ifri (LRD). 

Corentin Brustlein holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Jean Moulin University of Lyon, and has taught strategic studies, strategic analysis, and international relations theory at Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Moulin University of Lyon, and other academic institutions. He blogs at Ultima Ratio.




The Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters was established in 1978 pursuant to paragraph 124 of the Final Document of the Tenth Special Session of the General Assembly, and received its current mandate pursuant to General Assembly decision 54/418 of 1 December 1999. The Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters has the following functions:

  • To advise the Secretary-General on matters within the area of arms limitation and disarmament, including on studies and research under the auspices of the United Nations or institutions within the United Nations system
  • To serve as the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
  • To advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme


  • The Secretary-General chooses the members of the Board from all regions of the world for their knowledge and experience in the field of disarmament and international security. There are fifteen members in 2018. The Director of UNIDIR is an ex officio member.


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