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.
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A Nuclear Weapons Free World? Britain, Trident and the Challenges Ahead
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?
Pathways to 2050: Three possible UK energy strategies
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 […]
Generating clean energy from sunlight and maintaining biodiversity
The growth of the human population of the earth and the consequent demand for energy has led to an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere and a loss of biodiversity that is likely to lead to a “sixth extinction”, argues Dr Peter Weightman.
Rose Gottemoeller: progress towards ‘nuclear zero’
Rose Gottemoeller: progress towards ‘nuclear zero’. This year’s Joseph Rotblat Memorial Lecture at the Hay Festival on 10 June was given by Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration, and US Chief Negotiator for the new START treaty. This annual lecture is organized by WMD Awareness and […]
Lessons of Fukushima
Just before the first anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, Dr Mike Weightman outlined the results of his international fact-finding mission to Japan in May 2011 on behalf of the IAEA and its implications for the British nuclear industry.