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.  

The challenge

Decisions over nuclear weapons are still being made behind closed doors by a community of security experts coached in 20th century theories of nuclear deterrence and force postures in the service of national security.

Attempts to engage this debate from outside of official circles tend to fall either in the oppositional campaigning mode, or a technical, specialized focus that fails to properly account for the complex political forces involved. What little debate exists has become elite, cyclical and politically divisive.

Cross-issue and cross-generational engagement 

We believe that the younger people of this generation — for whom globalization has played a major role in deepening their connection to the complex world around them — should be at the forefront of shaping policy, and shaping change.

Only by bringing new voices into the nuclear debate and inspiring the next generation of policy shapers to develop and apply their experience and forward-thinking beyond the nuclear field to create new approaches to progress can we ensure sustainable global security.

We believe that we need to think differently about the barriers to progress on global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and infuse innovation and creativity to resolve these complex issues. The level of systematic change necessary to move forward on nuclear disarmament requires the involvement of cross-generational and cross-stem perspectives.

Through a series of focus groups, events, workshops, and expert dialogues, the Next Generation project has sought to:

  1. analyse the interconnections between the nuclear weapons agenda and other challenges,

  2. bring new voices into the disussion, and

  3. test out the means to inspire the next generation of policy shapers to engage on this issue.

We hope our work will contribute to a more holistic, strategic, and creative debate about the core issues and how to address them. 

Throughout 2016 we will be continuing the work of the Next Generation through systems mapping workshops and events in order to identify and tackle problem themes related to nuclear security and non-proliferation.

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Recent content about Next Generation

A Systems Approach to Nuclear Security, Non-proliferation, Deterrence and Disarmament

Systems Approach

BASIC hosted a series of workshops in 2015-16 throughout the United States and United Kingdom employing holistic and soft systems tools to frame discussions on nuclear security and non-proliferation with experts, young people and individuals less familiar with nuclear weapons from a variety of cultural backgrounds and levels of experience. We were seeking innovative, collaborative and future-focused approaches to escape the polarising traps that have characterised the public and political debate in the space up until now.

Reframing the Narrative on Nuclear Weapons

Next Gen Final Report

Innovative thinking is needed to overcome deeply entrenched attitudes and slow progress in the shared responsibility to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation measures and achieve global security through nuclear disarmament. This publication represents 14 months of investigation into how future nuclear weapons policy can become more relevant to the concerns and the security of the next generation.

Knowledge, Accessibility and Awareness of Nuclear Weapons

In the early 1980s, a number of educators and organizations sought to bring a highly controversial issue back into American classrooms: nuclear weapons. Unlike their parents’ generation, students would not be learning how to “duck and cover” in the event of a nuclear attack but would discuss the choices involved in averting nuclear warfare.