NATO’s Nuclear Guardians: Why NATO’s bureaucracy is unable to initiate change to, or support reform of, Alliance nuclear policy
Ted Seay, Policy Consultant, May 06, 2013
BASIC senior consultant Ted Seay explores the institutional history of NATO’s theater nuclear weapons (TNW) and explains why in recent years the Alliance has been slow to move forward with changes that could further reduce this arsenal.
Engaging Russia on Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Next steps on confidence building
Paul Ingram, Executive Director, April 24, 2013
BASIC, in cooperation with the Arms Control Association (ACA), the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), hosted in Brussels on April 15, 2013 a private roundtable on engaging Russia on tactical nuclear weapons. Discussions focused on potential ways forward for improving confidence...
Backgrounder: The 'P5' Conferences: Past Meetings and Policy Considerations for Geneva 2013
Maria Looney, April 17, 2013
This background briefing gives context, recent history, and key issues affecting the ‘P5’ meeting of the NPT nuclear weapon states in Geneva this week (April 18th-19th) and speculates as to what is likely to be on the agenda.
Nuclear Non-proliferation in the Gulf Roundtable Report
Paul Ingram, Executive Director, April 04, 2013
This is a themed report arising out of a BASIC roundtable event in Istanbul on March 25th and 26th, a few weeks before the 2013 Preparatory Committee in Geneva.
Beyond the Trident Alternatives Review
Dr. Nick Ritchie, April 04, 2013
This brief, authored by Dr. Nick Ritchie, outlines opportunities and challenges arising from the UK government’s ongoing Trident Alternatives Review.
Unjamming the FM(C)T: Roundtable Report and Backgrounder
BASIC, March 29, 2013
BASIC organized a private roundtable with experts and officials to take stock of the current strategic and political dynamics surrounding negotiations on a Fissile Material (Cut-Off) Treaty (FM(C)T). BASIC produced a backgrounder literature review for the roundtable discussion, and also a report summarizing the discussion.
Deterrence, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and UK Trident
John Simpson, March 27, 2013
This discussion paper is the fourth in a series and outlines the emergence of Britain’s nuclear deterrence posture and thinking over the last seventy years, and how successive governments have sought to balance this with effective non-proliferation diplomacy. Professor Simpson’s paper outlines the evolution of Britain’s twin-track approach of trying to address its own national security whilst strengthening global...
Taking A Different Starting Point
Julie Rønbeck, March 05, 2013
In this opinion brief, Julie Rønbeck reflects on the Norwegian conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, which was held March 4-5. She also reviews the broader context for the event and civil society involvement.
The U.S. Nuclear Deterrent: An International Perspective
Paul Ingram, Executive Director, February 22, 2013
BASIC’s Executive Director reflects upon the Nuclear Deterrence Summit, which included a BASIC event on “European Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century” on February 20, 2013. This brief paper includes summaries of views expressed by a number of international participants at the conference, with a focus on transatlantic relations.
The UK and Armed Drones
Helen Jane Martin, January 17, 2013
While the majority of drones are still used for surveillance activities and their use widespread for reconnaissance and civilian purposes around the world, there has in recent years been the emergence of attack drones by three countries – the United States, Israel and the UK.