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Brendan’s Call to Challenge Hate

We need to look again at identity politics

Horror, despair, rage, confusion: they and other emotions are all understandable reactions to Jo’s killing last week. Brendan Cox’s call for us to unite in challenging hate is one I take extremely seriously. Knowing him, I take these as concrete calls to action. But what action, beyond calling out the more obvious elements of hate in our society?

Lessons learned from 70 years of nuclear weapons

70 years of nuclear weapons

Nuclear disarmament has been the most desirable objective of global arms control policies since nuclear weapons were invented, along with general and complete disarmament. But it is also one that has generated most contention and conflict. Scientists involved in developing military applications were quick to call for strict controls and the elimination of all nuclear weapons from states’ military arsenals.

Let’s call it a bargaining chip

Referring to Israel’s nuclear program as a bargaining chip is not a breakthrough idea. Scholars have argued before that in lieu of having a “deterrence policy that does not deter,” Israel might perceive its nuclear arsenal as a bargaining chip to negotiate with its Arab counterparts over regional security issues, including around a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. The third blog in this series will explore, admittedly in a quite speculative fashion, another possible bargaining dimension of Israel’s nuclear program: a bargaining chip with the United States over its unconditional maintenance of Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME).

Iran: the deescalatory options

Paul Ingram, BASIC's executive director, authored an article for OpenDemocracy on the tensions between Iran and the West, and the options for deescalating the threats of war. While many politicians in Washington and in the Middle East are calling for an attack on Iran, public opinion favors engagement and reaching a solution diplomatically. He writes, 'the key lies in building credible strategies that address the core interests of all sides in this conflict.'

BASIC News: July-November 2011

The British American Security Information Council has been making fresh tracks to advance dialogue on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including at seminars in Malta and Moscow, and moving the London office to Whitehall.

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IAEA Chief Presses Iran, Syria to Come Clean on Nuclear Activities

When the U.N. nuclear watchdog Director General Yukiya Amano reported to the IAEA Board of Governors this week, updating about Syrian and Iranian atomic activities, Paul Ingram, BASIC's executive director said "There is little in Amano's report that would enable the United States or other nations to press for new Iranian sanctions" ...."Tehran is already subject to four rounds of U.N. Security Council resolutions and independent penalties from a number of nations."

Scott Brown and the bombs in the basement

 "Unfortunately, the nuclear capability of Israel goes unmentioned in his article, highlighting the Arab contention that the West is guilty of double standards by shielding Israel but punishing Iran."

Excerpt from article by BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh, written for The Hill’s Congress Blog

Read the full article:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/117393-scott-brown-and-the-bombs-in-the-basement

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