BASIC is seeking to foster informed debate over Britain’s nuclear weapon system, which is currently composed of a fleet of four Vanguard SSBN submarines carrying US-supplied Trident missiles with British nuclear warheads.

Rethinking Nuclear Weapons

One of the most important and unremarked trends in nuclear weapons thinking is the constant change in the perceived capabilities and value of nuclear weapons.

Non-proliferation and Disarmament in the Middle East

International concern has been focused on Iran’s uranium enrichment program and Tehran’s potential and intention to develop nuclear weapons. Many leaders and constituencies are also worried about Israel’s nuclear arsenal, the only one in the Middle East. In addition, there could be a growing ambiguity around the long-term nuclear ambitions of other Gulf states.

Iran's nuclear program

BASIC has been tracking and commenting upon the issues related to Iran’s nuclear program since 2003. Concerned at the consequences for proliferation stemming from Iran’s lack of full disclosure on past activities, the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council have been attempting to prevent Iran from developing a full fuel cycle, but Iranian authorities...

Arms Control, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament

BASIC has followed developments around nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament treaties for almost thirty years. This page includes links to issue areas for recent coverage, fact sheets and other resources for key treaties, initiatives and dialogues that BASIC has focused on as key steps in achieving progress towards our...

NATO's Nuclear Posture

As part of its military doctrine, NATO relies on nuclear deterrence based upon the strategic nuclear arsenals of the United States and the United Kingdom. There are also U.S. B61 tactical gravity bombs based in five other member states as part of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-proliferation

BASIC collaborates closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Security and Non-Proliferation.