P5 Young Professionals Network

PONI is currently soliciting non-governmental organizations to nominate one person for the P5 Young Professionals Network. We are seeking applicants through this process to ensure a strong foundation in NPT and P5 knowledge.

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PONI is currently soliciting non-governmental organizations to nominate one person for the P5 Young Professionals Network. We are seeking applicants through this process to ensure a strong foundation in NPT and P5 knowledge.

The P5-YPN is composed of 15 people under the age of 40, with three representatives from each P5 country, from academia and think tanks. 40 is the age limit agreed upon by the P5. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups, to include early-career experts.

If you know of other experts who would be interested in nominating someone from their organization, please feel free to share this opportunity with them.

Knowledge, Experience, and Other Requirements

  • Must be a passport-holding U.S. citizen
  • Must be 40 years old or younger
  • Must work at a non-governmental organization or in academia
  • Must hold a master’s in international security or other relevant fields
  • Must demonstrate interest or experience with issues related nuclear non-proliferation issues, especially the NPT and international organizations

How to Apply

Organizations should select one person to nominate and submit their information using this form. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly from the recommender to poni@csis.org.

Nominations are due by 11:59pm EST on July 26, 2024.

About the P5 Young Professionals Network

On December 2-3, 2021, representatives from the five Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognized nuclear weapon states (NWS), also known as the “P5” (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and United States) emphasized the importance of wider transparency and outreach efforts. In order to promote this goal, the P5 decided to “launch a pilot project to develop a Young Professionals Network of P5 academics” under France’s leadership of the P5 process. 

The objectives of the P5-YPN are:

  1. to increase transparency and outreach by the P5
  2. generate new ideas for strategic risk reduction
  3. create a sustainable community of practice among young professionals in the P5.

Despite ongoing geopolitical tensions, these practical objectives have the potential to make an important contribution to nuclear diplomacy, particularly given the compressed timeline of the NPT review cycle. The P5-YPN’s activities will deepen coordination, reduce risks of misunderstanding, and identify potential areas for P5 cooperation.