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Climate change: can the world meet the targets agreed in Paris?

In December 2015, the nations of the world met in Paris and agreed to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to hold “the increase in average surface temperature to well below 2°C”. At this British Pugwash discussion meeting on 5 April 2016, Dr Christopher Watson presented our findings, describing the technology options and, as important, their economic and social implications.
OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Syria

The use of chemical weapons in Syria: misleading narratives and ongoing consequences

At a British Pugwash discussion meeting on 1 July 2015, Richard Guthrie and Dr Caitriona MacLeish explored the highly contradictory themes of narratives developed about the Syrian chemical weapons programme and the international responses to it. These events had many ongoing consequences, not least the continuing use of chlorine in barrel bombs which could weaken the taboo against the use of poisons as weapons. Read more...
Hay festival 2015 Jon Snow

What happened to Trident?

The 11th annual Rotblat Lecture at the Hay Festival was given this year on 30 May by the distinguished journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow, who asked ‘What happened to Trident?’
Ian Kearns

Western responses to Russian activities in Ukraine

Events in Ukraine have contributed to the gravest crisis in Russia-West relations since the end of the Cold War. Dr Ian Kearns Director of the European Leadership Network, explores what has gone wrong, how the West has responded and what it should do next to both resist Russian behaviour and set relations on a more positive footing.