Disarmament – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:25:48 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://i0.wp.com/britishpugwash.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Disarmament – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference – Save the date! https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-peace-disarmament-conference-save-the-date/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:40:44 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4218 Student/Young Pugwash UK is collaborating with British Pugwash to host a major, one-day conference exploring the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years.

The conference will be on 23rd February 2019 at SOAS, London.…

Student/Young Pugwash UK is collaborating with British Pugwash to host a major, one-day conference exploring the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years.

The conference will be on 23rd February 2019 at SOAS, London. Register here.

Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference will consider cutting-edge issues in nuclear weapons policy and emerging technologies, as well as the underlying political dynamics which influence them.

Our opening panel will include Fabian Hamilton MP (Shadow Minister for Peace & Disarmament), Peter Jenkins (former UK Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency) and Dr Heather Williams (Lecturer in Defence Studies at KCL), covering trends in international relations and technology.

The afternoon will include workshops on nuclear weapons and emerging technologies, led by young researchers in the Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK network.

Information and registration

The conference will close with a drinks reception.

Full agenda to follow…


This conference is organised by SYP UK, in collaboration with British Pugwash Group.

It is multidisciplinary and open to people of all ages.


Multimedia reports from previous SYP UK conferences can be found here


NB. British Pugwash is offering free membership for 1 year to all conference attendees under 30 years old. For more on this, contact syp@britishpugwash.org 

Lord Martin Rees: Peering into the Future – The Bumpy Road Ahead https://britishpugwash.org/lord-martin-rees-peering-into-the-future-the-bumpy-road-ahead/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:00:05 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3897 Lord Martin Rees,  Astronomer  Royal and Fellow  of Trinity College Cambridge, gave a lecture on 5 November at the School of Oriental and African Studies entitled ‘Peering into the Future: The Bumpy Road Ahead’. The meeting was co-hosted by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and British Pugwash.

Our Earth is 45 million centuries old. But this century is the first when one species – ours – can determine the biosphere’s fate. There are threats to climate and biodiversity from the collective ‘footprint’ of 9 – 11 billion people seeking food, resources and energy. In addition, our globally-linked society is vulnerable to the unintended consequences of powerful new technologies – not only nuclear, but (even more) biotech, cyber, advanced A.I., and so forth. We need international guidelines to promote maximum benefits of new technologies, while minimizing catastrophic risks.

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62nd International Pugwash conference https://britishpugwash.org/62nd-international-pugwash-conference/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:39:55 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3816 The 62nd International Pugwash conference, Confronting New Nuclear Dangers, was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-29 August 2017.

The record of the proceedings is at:


Videos from keynotes and panels are here:


British Pugwash Annual Report 2016 https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-annual-report-2016/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:58:42 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3804 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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North Korea: the search for a peaceful solution https://britishpugwash.org/north-korea-the-search-for-a-peaceful-solution/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:30:32 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3798 Sverre Lodgaard, a former director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, delivered the 13th annual Joseph Rotblat Memorial Lecture at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2017. He addressed the North Korean nuclear threat and reviewed options for a peaceful solution.

Hay Festival in partnership with the WMD Awareness project

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Rotblat Lecture 2016: William Perry ‘My Journey to the nuclear brink’ https://britishpugwash.org/rotblat-lecture-2016-william-perry-my-journey-to-the-nuclear-brink/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:53:05 +0000 http://britishpugwash.org/?p=3659 The 12th Joseph Rotblat Lecture at the Hay Festival, held on 2 June 2016 in cooperation with WMD Awareness, featured William Perry, Bill Clinton’s Defence Secretary on ‘My Journey at the Nuclear Brink’, in conversation with Nik Gowing.

Perry explained the development of his thinking on weaponry and security from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defence strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces. He presided over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and his creation in 2007 (with George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate “a vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers”.

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