A world free from the threat of nuclear weapons, established by a cooperative global security agenda and formalized in negotiated treaties.

Nuclear weapons pose a continuing threat to international peace and security, through brinkmanship, miscalculation, theft or accident. All but four countries in the world have signed up, through the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to the vision of a safe and secure world without nuclear weapons. But barriers to progress - both on stopping the further spread of nuclear weapons and on getting rid of the ones that already exist - still appear insurmountable. We seem trapped in a cycle of dependency on nuclear deterrence. The international commitment we all made risks becoming irrelevant. We need new thinking that overcomes the mistrust and fear.

BASIC seeks to engage diverse perspectives and broaden the scope of the discussion to find ways past existing frustrations. We have 29 years of experience building an extensive and diverse network across Europe, theUS and the Middle East. We have a reputation for non-partisan, non-judgmental engagement and for seeking common ground, in the interests of nuclear disarmament.

BASIC works to address these challenges by building confidence in a shared, sustainable security agenda. We work in both nuclear weapon and non-nuclear weapon states, with a specific expert focus on the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East.

Through open-minded, diverse engagement, we seek to test traditional concepts of the role and value of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence as a security safeguard, and to consider the collective security interests of non-proliferation and disarmament.

BASIC is a small think tank taking a uniquely non-partisan, dialogue-based and inclusive approach. We look for ways to build constructive engagement between individuals from different geographical, political or cultural backgrounds on traditionally sensitive or complex issues. And we create space for new and diverse perspectives.

We test assumptions and look behind national and political postures to better understand the motivations behind them, looking for commonalities rather than differences.

We make every effort to ensure that our engagement complements, but does not duplicate, the work of policy-makers, think-tanks, research organizations and advocacy groups. 

Where BASIC seeks to make an impact:
1. Identifying opportunities for all states to take credible, stabilizing steps towards sustainable nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
2. Seeking commonalities across geographical and political divides to build confidence in the security benefits of a non-nuclear weapons approach
3. Overcoming obstacles which hinder progress on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, by exploring and challenging traditional traps and assumptions

• Commitment to a cooperative disarmament agenda
• A diverse and extensive contact network in the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East
• A trusted reputation for non-partisan, sensitive engagement with a purpose
• An emphasis on understanding perspectives
• Innovative policy approaches
• An intelligent, reasoned and constructive approach to problem-solving
• An ability to interpret and distill perspectives into useable information
• Strong research and analytical skills
• A small, committed and adaptable team, with programmes in the UK and US


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