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A world free from the threat of nuclear weapons, established by a cooperative global security agenda and formalized in negotiated treaties.
Nuclear weapons pose a continuing threat to international peace and security, through brinkmanship, miscalculation, theft or accident. Their proliferation weakens what stabilizing influences deterrence may offer and makes control far more difficult. A continued attachment to the utility of nuclear deterrence, coupled with mistrust between nuclear weapon states and aspiring nuclear weapon states, is slowing moves towards disarmament and hampering efforts to strengthen the international non-proliferation architecture. And, critically, it is damaging the global cooperative approach needed to tackle other major international issues.
BASIC works to address these challenges by building confidence in a shared, sustainable security agenda. We seek to test traditional concepts of nuclear deterrence as a security safeguard, and to bring policy-shapers together to focus on the collective security interests of non-proliferation and disarmament.