How could Britain ensure its security without nuclear weapons?
BASIC joined up with the United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK) to discuss this question on 29 May 2015 at the International Maritime Organization in London.
In this innovative thought experiment, current experts and emerging innovative policy shapers discussed how Britain would protect itself without nuclear weapons in two parallel roundtables in the morning, followed by a refinement of creative ideas in an afternoon plenary session. The audience of students interrogated and voted on the proposed solutions, contributing some suggestions of their own. At the end of the event, the groups and the audience were asked to reflect on the day’s discussions and decide whether they believe a nuclear-weapon-free UK is viable - the majority voted 'yes'.
Above: BASIC and UNA-UK host the Youth Innovator Roundtable
Above: The Expert Innovator Roundtable discusses strategies to survive nuclear zero.
Above: The afternoon plenary session votes on the presentations from the youth and expert innovators
Above: Participants discuss the day and network with each other.
The event was followed by a reception at which attendees had the opportunity to talk to the experts about their international careers.
BASIC would like to thank the UNA-UK for its partnership in this event, and the International Maritime Organization for generously providing the venue.
Read more about this event in a blog post from one of the attendees here.
See more photos from the event here.