BASIC collaborates closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Security and Non-Proliferation. The purpose of the APPG is to encourage discussion and debate, on the basis of expert information and opinion from across the political spectrum, on matters relating to global security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – whether nuclear, chemical or biological. Its clerk, Maxwell Downman, is formally a BASIC employee but is seconded to work with the APPG.
Selection of Global Security and Non-Proliferation APPG Meetings:
1 November 2017
“What now for the Iran Nuclear Deal?” with speaker Dr Ernest Moniz, former US Secretary for Energy, key architect of the Iran nuclear deal, and current CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, (NTI), Washington DC. This meeting was held in association with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the European Leadership Network.
13 July 2017
"A briefing with Matthew Rycroft, UK ambassador to the United Nations." This was a joint meeting of the United Nations APPG and the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation.
12 July 2017
“North Korea: what needs to be done?” with speakers Dr James Hoare - former HM Consul-General, British Embassy, North Korea; and Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-Americas, Washington DC.
10 July 2017
“Prospects for US nuclear policy under the Trump administration” with speakers Dr Heather Williams, Centre for Science & Security Studies, King’s College London, & co-author of 'The Nuclear Education of Donald J. Trump'; and Dr Trevor McCrisken, US Politics and International Relations, Warwick University.
22 March 2017
"A briefing with Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide." This was to have been a joint meeting of the United Nations APPG and the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation, but the meeting was cancelled that afternoon due to the Westminster attack.
6 December 2016
“Revitalising Arms Control in Europe” with speaker Ambassador Patricia Flor, German Commissioner and Head of the Federal Foreign Office’s Directorate-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control.
15 November 2016
“Prospects for nuclear disarmament and for the nuclear non-proliferation regime” with speakers General (Ret.) Vladimir Dvorkin, Russian Academy of Sciences; Michael Krepon, Stimson Centre, Washington DC; General (Ret.) Jehangir Karamat, former Pakistan Chief of Army Staff and former Ambassador to the US.
10 May 2016
“Developments in undersea technology: possible implications for international security”, with speakers Professor Nicholas Makris, Director of the Lab. for Undersea Remote Sensing, MIT; Professor Yvan Petillot, Professor of Robotics & Computer Vision at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh; Professor Russell Wynn, and David Jarvis, Associate Fellow, RUSI.
12 April 2016
“US Nuclear Policy in the Next Administration” with speaker Joe Cirincione, President, the Ploughshares Fund, Washington DC.
16 March 2016
“Prospects for UN Peacekeeping and Britain’s Contribution”, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President, International Crisis Group, and Professor Michael Clarke, former Director General, RUSI. This meeting was hosted jointly by the United Nations APPG and the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation.
8 March 2016
“Managing a Crisis: Moderating NATO-Russia relations” with Dr. William J. Perry, former US Secretary of Defense. This meeting was jointly hosted by the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation and the Top Level Group.
24 February 2016
“Emerging vulnerabilities to nuclear deterrent forces” with Lord Browne of Ladyton, Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington DC, and former Secretary of State for Defence.
21 January 2016
“Prospects for nuclear non-proliferation” with Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard, and former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and WMD.
3 November 2015
“The Drivers of Russia’s Foreign Policy” with Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Centre.
20 October 2015
"The Security Impact of Drones: Implications for the SDSR" with Professor Sir David Omand, Chair, Birmingham Policy Commission, formerly & Director of GCHQ; Ms Elizabeth Quintana, Director of Military Sciences, Royal United Services Institute; and Professor Nicholas J Wheeler, Director of the ICCS, academic lead of the Birmingham Policy Commission. This meeting was jointly hosted by the APPG on Drones, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation, the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security, and the Royal United Services Institute.
9 September 2015
“Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century: China and the UK” with Christopher Langton, Head, Independent Conflict Research and Analysis (ICRA), and Dr. Xue Lei, Research Fellow, Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS).
15 July 2015
"The negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme: the state of play" with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS