Deterrence and defence policies are at the core of Britain's Trident replacement policy debates. The strategic foreign policy implications of the replacement debate for Britain also require closer consideration. These were some of the conclusions of an IISS discussion meeting at Arundel House on 'The foreign-policy implications of the Trident replacement debate' on 13 March.
The launch of Dr Nick Ritchie's book A Nuclear Weapons Free World? Britain, Trident and the Challenges Ahead (Palgrave, 2012) addressed the question: Why is the UK still committed to nuclear weapons, what are the prospects for a change in UK policy, and what does the UK process tell about the prospects for disarmament?
British Pugwash launched its expert report Pathways to 2050: Three possible UK energy strategies, at a discussion meeting on 14 February. The report discusses three possible UK energy strategies which have been constructed using the ‘Pathways to 2050 Calculator', made publicly available by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This report seeks to respond to the call of Professor David MacKay, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, for a "grown-up conversation" about UK energy policy.