GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The international scientific laboratory that is home to the world's largest atom smasher says it is suspending Russia's observer status and halting any new collaboration with Russia or its institutions "until further notice." The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, said its 23 member states - all European, plus Israel - condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


  1. Ukraine is one of seven associate member states, and Russia, like the United States, Japan and the European Union, has had observer status.
  2. The CERN council made the decisions about Russia at a special meeting on 8 March 2022 and expressed its support "to the many members of CERN's Russian scientific community who reject this invasion."
  3. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator.
  4. CERN began in the 1950s as the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Today it is also known as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.
  5. It is one of the world's most prestigious research centres. Its business is fundamental physics - finding out what makes our Universe work, where it came from and where it is going.
  6. At CERN, some of the world's biggest and most complex machines are used to study nature's tiniest building blocks, the fundamental particles.
  7. By colliding these minute particles of matter physicists unravel the basic laws of nature.