Publications 2010-2012 – British Pugwash Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:09:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Publications 2010-2012 – British Pugwash 32 32 146896316 Verification of Nuclear Weapon Dismantlement: Peer Review of the UK MoD Programme Thu, 01 Nov 2012 09:05:37 +0000 report coverMr Brian Anderson, Gen. Sir Hugh Beach, Prof. John Finney, Dr Nick Ritchie, Prof. Ruben Saakyan, Dr Christopher Watson

Read or download the report (pdf)

British Pugwash has for many years been actively involved in developing thinking within the UK on the steps towards the eventual goal of the universal abolition of nuclear weapons. We were therefore pleased that UK MoD invited us to undertake an independent peer review of its past decade’s work towards developing a credible technical framework for the verification of dismantlement of nuclear weapons. The report presents our conclusions.

A team from British Pugwash was given significant access to their work in this area, which is carried out within the framework of the UK’s Global Threat Reduction Programme.

We recognise that the path to the abolition of nuclear weapons will be a long one, and that there will need to be many intermediate steps, aimed at reducing the size of nuclear weapon inventories, and creating mutual confidence in taking further steps. Within this process, a politically and psychologically important element is the verification that mutually-agreed disarmament measures have actually taken place in the manner declared. Without international confidence in the verification process, it is all too easy for those who wish to undermine the process to claim that such agreements are ineffective.

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The Management of the UK’s Plutonium Stocks Sat, 01 Oct 2011 09:15:00 +0000 The Management of Separated Plutonium in the UK.]]> In November 2009 the British Pugwash Group published a report of its working group on The Management of Separated Plutonium in the UK.

Since then DECC, the Government department responsible for the management of the plutonium stockpile, has been undertaking investigations of the three options discussed in the British Pugwash report.

In February 2011 DECC published its preliminary conclusions, and launched a consultation on those conclusions, in the form of seven specific questions about its general approach. British Pugwash submitted its response on 9 May 2011. Read or download the British Pugwash response (pdf)

On 1 December 2011, DECC published a report  which concludes that its preferred approach is to pursue the reuse of the majority of the UK stockpile of separated plutonium as mixed oxide fuel (MOX). The report lists the names of the ~80 individuals and organisations which responded to the consultation (including British Pugwash) and gives access to each written response, though it does not analyse the responses.

On 20 January 2014, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) published a progress report which widened the range of approaches under consideration, but gave no analysis or conclusions.

The DECC Business Plan for 2012-15 mentions a programme area entitled “Manage our energy legacy responsibly and cost-effectively” with a budget of about £5B but gives no analysis of the figure.

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What price nuclear blackmail? Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:24:45 +0000 General Sir Hugh Beach ‘What price nuclear blackmail?’ Blackaby Paper No 9, Abolition 2000 UK. Available by mail for £3.50

General Sir Hugh Beach challenges the doctrine of nuclear deterrence, arguing that nuclear weapons have never acted as a ‘credible’ deterrent. Citing several historical cases of conflicts in which nuclear weapons failed to play a strategic role, the paper criticises the UK’s commitment to maintaining nuclear weapons, and calls Trident ‘a White Elephant that is not worth its keep’.

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Mapping Disarmament in the UK Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:20:24 +0000 by Martin Butcher, John Finney, Carol Naughton and Henrietta Wilson, July 2011

Read or download the report: Mapping Disarmament in the UK (pdf)

In response to a high level request for an overview of UK non-governmental work on nuclear disarmament, British Pugwash has produced a directory of the UK-based NGOs and individual experts that have a focus on the non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Read more

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Briefings on Nuclear Security Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:27:35 +0000 A series of background briefings, produced in conjunction with the Parliamentary Liaison Group, aims to inform British parliamentarians on the UK’s nuclear weapons policy and its context.

Read or download the briefings (pdf):

Briefing 1 – State of play

Briefing 2 – Deterrence

Briefing 3 – Initial Gate

Briefing 4 – Britain’s Key Role

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The Nuclear Implications of the SDSR/NSS Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:09:14 +0000 Professor John Simpson provides a guide to the nuclear implications of the government’s October 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. Read the guide

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