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A Nuke-Free UK? A Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

January 28, 2019

By Sarah M. Koch  28 January 2019   When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, a new era of international relations began. As President Truman asserted in his last State of the Union address on January 7, 1953, a nuclear war could ‘destroy the very structure of a civilization that … Continue reading “A Nuke-Free UK? A Case Against Unilateral Disarmament”

How much is enough? The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the value of nuclear parity

February 11, 2018

By Alexandria Reid   The release of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on 2nd February marks a decisive shift from the Obama Administration’s approach to nuclear weapons. Responding to a ‘dramatic deterioration of the strategic environment’ since the last review was published in 2010, this NPR contains a particularly notable departure in US … Continue reading “How much is enough? The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the value of nuclear parity”

How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?

October 26, 2017

By Lélia Rousselet and Jackson Webster   The Iran Deal – former American President Barack Obama’s defining diplomatic accomplishment – may soon be coming to an end. The “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) was signed in July 2015 and marked the end of eight years of intense multilateral diplomatic efforts, conducted by the Permanent Members … Continue reading “How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?”

Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?

October 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   In his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, US President Donald Trump declared that “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.” Laying out the proposed US response to this threat, Trump made his position clear: while … Continue reading “Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?”

Film Review: Zero Days (2016)

September 21, 2016

Gibney, A. Zero Days, Jigsaw Productions, (2016). (PG-13) More information from: By: Cheng Lai Ki “The science fiction cyberwar scenario is here…” This statement comes from members of the United States National Security Agency (NSA), and others in the intelligence community, role-played by actress Joanne Tucker. Zero Days, directed and narrated by documentarian Alex Gibney … Continue reading “Film Review: Zero Days (2016)”

North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Spectre of Enhanced Terrorism

September 14, 2016

By: Kyle R. Brady   With yet another[1] illegal underground nuclear weapons test[2], North Korea has again flaunted the international community’s attempt to control what is quite arguably a rogue and/or failed state. A key difference in this test[3], however, is not its apparent yield[4] but, instead, the claim that this is part of a miniaturization … Continue reading “North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Spectre of Enhanced Terrorism”

The trivialisation of the UK’s nuclear deterrent

April 11, 2015

By Christy Quinn: There is no more serious and pressing question in UK defence policy than the role of the nuclear deterrent. One thermonuclear warhead found in the D5 trident missile has an effective explosive yield up to 100 kilotons of TNT; over 5 times the power of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and … Continue reading “The trivialisation of the UK’s nuclear deterrent”

Defending the Falklands: A role for nuclear weapons?

July 29, 2014

By Alex Calvo and Olivia Olsen: Deep conventional cuts have put a question mark over the British defence posture in the South Atlantic. Although the steep deterioration in Argentine military capabilities means that the balance of power has not necessarily moved against London, the deterioration in expeditionary and amphibious capability has led to what some … Continue reading “Defending the Falklands: A role for nuclear weapons?”

Is Trident relevant?

July 16, 2014

By Christy Quinn: The Trident Commission, comprised of representatives of the three major parties and members of the UK defence establishment and organised by the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), represents the latest attempt to evaluate the necessity of the UK nuclear deterrent and its renewal.[i] Unfortunately, it has simply ended up restating many of … Continue reading “Is Trident relevant?”

No guts, no glory

April 24, 2014

By Matthew Bell: Would an independent Scotland be missing some essential body parts? How do you create a new country? Not a question many of us have had to ask, but one surely on the minds of thousands of Brits worrying what independence would mean for the security we have all come to take for … Continue reading “No guts, no glory”


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