British Pugwash discussion meeting: Professor Malcolm Chalmers and Professor William Walker debated the future of the UK’s nuclear arsenal and particularly Trident following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.
The 10th Rotblat annual lecture at the Hay Festival was delivered on 30 May 2014 by Jonathon Porritt, at the invitation of WMD Awareness. His new book, The World We Made focuses building a sustainable, fair and compassionate world by 2050. This, he explains, means a world without nuclear weapons.
Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, traces moves towards ‘remote’ forms of warfare and warns that they will bring new dangers. He examines not only the use of armed drones, but takes a wider perspective which also covers the expansion of special forces and private military companies.
Peter Jenkins, former UK Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Shashank Joshi, Research Fellow at RUSI debated the accuracy of Defence Minister Philip Hammond’s claim that proliferating nuclear threats justify Trident renewal.
Dr Hans Blix, the former UN Chief Weapons Inspector who led the inspections in Iraq in 2002-03, gave the 9th Joseph Rotblat lecture at Hay Literary Festival on 26 May 2013. He said he would vote for a place for the UK in the Guinness Book of Records, if it dropped the plan to renew Trident.