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Backgrounder on P5 conference: Washington and the future

Arms control officials from the P5 (U.S., UK, Britain, China and France) meet in Washington from June 27-29, 2012 for a third round of discussions on meeting their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In this background paper, Cormac Mc Garry examines progress at earlier conferences and makes recommendations for the future.

Tony Blair's book offers insights on alliances

 "It's always  been an open question as to what extent did we really influence the Bush administration's policy on this to any realistic extent. And there seems to be very little evidence that we did," 

BASIC’s Research Director, Dr Ian Kearns was interviewed by Traci Watson for USA TODAY. Read more: 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-09-02-blair02_ST_N.htm

Getting to Zero Update

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review conference concluded at the end of May on a positive note. However, the months ahead look uncertain. Diplomatic relations over the North Korean and Iranian programs continue to deteriorate, and there still lacks a firm indication on whether the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) will be ratified by the end of the year. 

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U.K.'s 'special relationship' with U.S. under microscope at G8

"The British and the British media have to be very careful in shouting too loudly about this. It's America's worst environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf, and if you are too defensive about this the mud sticks."

BASIC Executive Director Paul Ingram quoted in the Times Colonist. Read more:

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/special+relationship+with+under+microscope/3181535/story.html

 

Iran sanctions 'holding up nuclear treaty negotiations'

The unveiling of the Iran sanctions resolution "has changed the atmosphere here", noted Anne Penketh who is monitoring the view. The conference, she noted, "has been on a knife-edge from the get-go and I think it still is".


BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh quoted by The Independent. Read more:


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/iran-sanctions-holding-up-nuclear-treaty-negotiations-1977572.html

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