BRINDI – British Pugwash Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:03:56 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 BRINDI – British Pugwash 32 32 146896316 British Pugwash Annual Report 2016 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:58:42 +0000 Key topics include: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident: emerging technologies; the NPT RevCon and the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics: the ethics of modern robotics; energy policy and climate change; Student / Young Pugwash activities

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British Pugwash Newsletter October 2016 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:43:28 +0000 Topics covered in the British Pugwash 2016 Newsletter include:

  • British Pugwash Group: new Chair
  • Nuclear issues: Emerging technologies and the Trident debate; WMDA Ambassadors’ programmes
  • Science and ethics: The ethics of developing technologies – COMEST and robotics
  • Student/Young Pugwash: first annual conference
  • Climate change and the Global Energy Calculator

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British Pugwash Annual Report 2015 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:11:03 +0000 Key topics: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident update; the 2015 NPT Review Conference; the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics, including autonomous weapons; chemical weapons; UK and European energy policy.

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British Pugwash Annual Report 2014 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:52:12 +0000 Read or download the report (pdf)]]> annual report cover 2014June 2015

The report reviews developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash. Key projects this year focused on Trident and the General Election, including WMD Awareness’ Talking Trident project; the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI) project; science and ethics; particularly the military robotics debate; and developing work on UK and European energy policy.

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Realising the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI) Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:13:08 +0000 This project, started in 2009 with funds from the legacy of the late Professor John Ziman FRS, aims to develop the concept of a proposed UK Disarmament Institute.

For some years, British Pugwash has been exploring how UK expertise might best be brought together to tackle the problems which need to be solved if the world is to achieve the long-term goal of global nuclear disarmament. In 2007 the idea of ‘global zero’ finally achieved political as well as intellectual respectability, with the publication of a letter in the Wall Street Journal by the US ‘gang of four’ – Schultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn. This was closely followed by Margaret Beckett’s keynote speech proposing that Britain should become a ‘disarmament laboratory’ for the world.

In 2008, British Pugwash proposed a set of concrete steps that the UK could take to realise this concept, through the establishment of a ‘British International Nuclear Disarmament Institute’ (BRINDI). We had initially hoped that this initiative could be linked to the Government’s proposal in The Road to 2010, its 2009 White Paper, for a ‘Centre of Excellence’ but sadly this was shelved.

The BRINDI project took a major step forward when, on 1 April 2014, a very successful day-long workshop brought together 20 UK experts to discuss an outline proposal for the creation of BRINDI, defining the possible scope of its work. BRINDI is envisaged as an independent institution that could advise governments, and bring together the technical, political, military, diplomatic and public outreach skills required eventually to reach global zero. The workshop also discussed how the relevant government stakeholders might be involved.

A Working Group of experts is now seeking to draw on the technical and scientific expertise that resides both in government, and in UK universities and NGOs, to help realise the BRINDI concept. Efforts will focus particularly on building political support for BRINDI, establishing key partnerships and assembling a strong management team with a charismatic Chief Executive to provide leadership to take BRINDI’s work forward, and raise the significant funding that will be required.

British Pugwash Newsletter September 2014 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:31:30 +0000 BPGnews2014Topics covered in the British Pugwash 2014 newsletter include:

  • The launch of Brindi
  • Nuclear issues: WMDA talking trident, Nuclear weapons parliamentary liaison group, Nuclear non-proliferation treaty
  • Science and ethics: The ethics of developing technologies
  • Meetings: Security by remote control – can it work?

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