BASIC is developing new approaches to overcome states’ dependency on the doctrine of nuclear deterrence, which blocks global nuclear disarmament and drives proliferation. We engage diverse perspectives, encourage empathy across states, and broaden the context of debate. We have an established reputation for non-partisan, non-judgmental, cross-cultural engagement and for seeking common ground. 

Our current projects are listed below. To see our completed projects, click here.

Updated January 2018.

Nuclear Norms and Responsibilities

The BASIC Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities is developing international policy discourse on the responsibilities of nuclear-armed states across the disarmament process. Every nuclear weapons possessor state has described itself as a ‘responsible’ nuclear-armed state, but there exists no common understanding of what this entails. This presents an opportunity for a new discussion of nuclear restraint and disarmament that is inclusive and engaging, centered around the frame of responsibility.

United Kingdom Leadership in Multilateral Disarmament

BASIC has worked with the United Kingdom to fulfil its international disarmament obligations for over thirty years. Today, we work with members of all political parties, taking a non-partisan, dialogue-based approach to facilitate complex cross-party analysis and innovative thinking.

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies pose new challenges and unique threats to nuclear weapons systems and stability among the nuclear possessors, with potentially deleterious effects for international security. BASIC monitors and assesses the impacts of new technologies – such as cyber weapons, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and drones – on nuclear command and control systems and delivery platforms.

Next Generation

In 2014, BASIC launched the Next Generation project in order to inspire the next generation to think differently about nuclear weapons by injecting fresh thinking into the nuclear weapons discussion. Since 2016, BASIC has concentrated its work on the relationships between gender and international security.

Non-proliferation and Disarmament in the Middle East

Working with partners across the Middle East, BASIC has been developing a draft treaty on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East, that forms the basis of a process of constructive international dialogue. This includes a series of workshops held throughout Europe and the Middle East, an invitation to experts to explore the means to improve engagement, and to establish an institution that will bring together analysts and practitioners to discuss issues of implementation and verification.

Arms Control, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Diplomacy

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, factsheets and other resources for key treaties, initiatives and dialogues that BASIC has focused on as key steps in achieving progress towards our vision.

United States and NATO

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. Leaders and constituencies from NATO member states hold different views on how much emphasis the Alliance should place on the nuclear component of its military doctrine, and what the composition of the nuclear forces should look like.

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, Maxwell Downman, is formally a BASIC employee but is seconded to work with the APPG.


Selection of Global Security and Non-Proliferation APPG Meetings: