July / August newsletter – British Pugwash

Topics covered in the British Pugwash July/August 2021 Newsletter include:

  • Climate Change and Trident – New research from British Pugwash
  • Ethical Science podcast – SYP interview with Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser (UKRI)
  • Save the Date – British Pugwash AGM – 22nd September
  • Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust – Becoming a Trustee
  • OxPeace Conference – Peace in the Nuclear Era – Video
  • A selection of articles and reports
  • VIDEO – Interview with Lord Martin Rees (Ethical Science, 2021)

The newsletter can be found online here

Trident submarine at Faslane

New research on climate change impacts on nuclear security

British Pugwash is pleased to release newly commissioned research about the potential impacts of climate change on the UK’s nuclear weapons infrastructure.

The report, by Dr Sally Brown from Bournemouth University, is titled ‘Risks of sea-level rise to ports and associated facilities aligning with the Trident programme: A focus on Coulport, Faslane, Barrow-in-Furness and Devonport’.

Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust – We Need You!

The Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust is looking for a new trustee. Could this be you?

What is the Trust? 

The Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust (JRMT) is a charitable organisation, whose goals include the advancement of education about international peace, environmental sustainability, and the social responsibility of scientists.…

Note on Nuclear Weapon Announcements in the UK’s Integrated Review of Security (May 2021)

The below is a summary of and link to a commentary by Ambassador Peter Jenkins, Chair of British Pugwash. 

Summary

The United Kingdom government recently announced, in the context of an integrated policy review, that it will move to an overall nuclear weapon stockpile of no more than 260 (from a previous target of no more than 180) and that it will extend its longstanding policy of deliberate ambiguity by no longer making public figures for its operational stockpile, deployed warheads and deployed missiles.…

April 2021 Newsletter – British Pugwash

Topics covered in the British Pugwash April 2021 Newsletter include:

  • OxPeace 2021 – Peace in the Nuclear Era (Conference) – 15th May
  • British Pugwash Lecture at Hay – Margaret MacMillan – 1st June
  • A selection of articles from around the web
  • VIDEO – Cyber & Digital in Warfare (SYP UK workshop)

The newsletter can be found online here

British Pugwash statement on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (March 2021)

British Pugwash is troubled to note the UK Government’s decisions, announced in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, to increase the UK’s stockpile of nuclear warheads and no longer to reveal the number of these weapons that will be kept operational.…

VIDEO: Ethics & Digital – Feminist cybersecurity and Decolonising AI (5th Nov)

In this SYP UK webinar, Dr Kanta Dihal (Leverhulme Future of Intelligence Centre) discussed her work on Decolonising AI and Julia Slupska (Digital Ethics Lab) talked about feminist cybersecurity.

The Chair was Niamh Healy (UCL), SYP UK President.…

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VIDEO: Science and Indigenous Peoples (24th Nov)

In this webinar, SYP UK hosted Riley Taitingfong and Dr Hilding Neilson discussed science and technology from the perspective of Indigenous communities.

Riley Taitingfong, a PhD candidate at UCSD (here), introduced her work on gene drives on Pacific Ocean islands in the context of historic and ongoing impacts of settler colonialism and military experimentation.…

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VIDEO: Codes for Coders – Killer robots, ethics and the law (17th Nov)

This SYP webinar looked at the role of tech workers and STEM students in efforts to challenge the rise of lethal autonomous weapons (‘killer robots’).

Our guest speaker was Taniel Yusef (WILPF UK), who is researching the views of and current regulatory frameworks for STEMists working on robot-relevant tech.…

Adina Pintilie

VIDEO: Ethical responsibility in open source (nuclear) research (9th Nov)

In this webinar, SYP UK hosted Adina Pintilie, who specialises in applying open sources to research tasks at Ridgeway Information (bio here). Her work involves finding new tools and refining novel research techniques, particularly supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).…

British Pugwash newsletter – November 2020

Topics covered in the British Pugwash November 2020 Newsletter include:

  • Remembering Frank Barnaby
  • Nuclear Responsibilities Report Launch (BASIC)
  • BPG’s AGM and Lecture on nuclear waste policies
  • Festival of Ethical Science
  • NPT RevCon 2021 – provisional date
  • VIDEO: China’s nuclear weapons, with Dr Tong Zhao (SYP UK)

The newsletter can be found online here

Report & Briefings: Pugwash workshop on hypersonic weapons

hypersonic missileIn December 2019, International Pugwash hosted a workshop on hypersonic weapons in Geneva.

The meeting brought together 30 participants from various continents, including current and former government officials, scientists, engineers, academics and experts from think tanks and other non-governmental organisations.…

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Video: Post-Covid multilateral cooperation – a chance to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world?

On 8th September 2020 and to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Testing, SOAS University and the UK Embassy of Kazakhstan hosted a webinar on titled, “Post-COVID Multilateral Cooperation – A Chance To Achieve A Nuclear-Weapons-Free World?”…

Sahil Shah

VIDEO: Iran and Nuclear Weapons (SYP webinar)

On 3rd August (5pm), Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) hosted its third webinar.

The guest speaker was Sahil Shah, a Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network and expert on the Iran Nuclear Deal (‘JCPOA’).…

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Video: Killer robots? (SYP Webinar)

SYP UK held its second webinar, on the ethical, political and technical issues around lethal autonomous weapons (or ‘killer robots’), on 30th June 2020.

Speakers included:

  • Laura Nolan, a software engineer who recently resigned from Google in protest over its involvement with the US DoD’s ‘Project Maven’ – Starts at 0min20s – Slides here
  • Elizabeth Minor, an Advisor at Article 36, an NGO that works to develop new legal standards to prevent civilian harm from weapons – Starts at 20mins30s – Slides here
  • David Ellwood, a theoretical physicist, mathematician, and Exec Committee member of British Pugwash (former Research Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute) – Starts at 37mins – Slides here

The webinar was chaired by Orlanda Gill, a University of Warwick graduate.…

Sebastian Brixey-Williams

Video: The pandemic and non-proliferation (SYP webinar)

SYP UK held its first webinar, on the topic how COVID-19 is affecting the fields of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament (16th June 2020)

The guest speaker was Sebastian Brixey-Williams, Co-Director of the arms control think tank British American Security Information Council (BASIC).…

British Pugwash Newsletter – May 2020

Topics covered in the British Pugwash May 2020 Newsletter include:

  • Pugwash statement on the Open Skies Treaty and New START
  • Pugwash statement on NPT Review postponement and risks post-pandemic
  • Obituary – Julian Perry Robinson
  • Dr Frank Boulton on ‘Nuclear war and public health’
  • A selection of relevant articles

The newsletter can be found online here

hypersonic missile

New Video: Hypersonic Missiles vs Strategic Stability

Student/Young Pugwash UK has released a video of Matteo Frigoli discussing his research on developments with hypersonic missiles. The presentation is based on research commissioned by British Pugwash.

The presentation covers:

  • Technical issues
  • Destabilising potential of hypersonics
  • US, Russian and Chinese perspectives
  • Arms control options

Enjoy!…

Multimedia from Technology & Peace Conference (SYP UK), 7 March 2020

Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fifth Annual Conference in March 2020, titled ‘Warwick Technology & Peace Conference‘, in association with the Warwick Pugwash Student Society. 

It was a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posted by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.…