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. 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, Lorna Richardson, is formally a BASIC employee but is seconded wholly to work with the APPG.


Selection of Global Security and Non-Proliferation APPG Meetings:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 8th 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.

  • 24th 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.

  • 21st 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.

  • 3rd November 2015
    “The Drivers of Russia’s Foreign Policy”
    with Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Centre.

  • 20th 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.

  • 9th 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).

  • 15th July 2015
    "The negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme: the state of play"
    with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS


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