Meaningful international dialogue to build international trust, reduce nuclear risks, and advance disarmament

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BASIC is an independent, non-profit think tank working to safeguard humanity and Earth’s ecosystem from nuclear risks and interconnected security threats, for generations to come.

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Since 1987, we’ve been at the forefront of global efforts to build trust and cooperation on some of the world’s most progressive global peace and security initiatives.


BASIC has four active programmes, each offering innovative paths to support the global objectives of nuclear disarmament and arms control.

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Latest Analysis

We provide analysis on the latest debates in the field of nuclear disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. 

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Exercising Status Recognition Sensibility: The Empathic De-escalation of the Sino-Indian 1998 Status Dilemma

In her article published by International Relations Journal, Dr Chiara Cervasio, Policy Fellow and Programme Manager of the Nuclear responsibilities Programme, argues that the exercise of what she calls status recognition sensibility is critical to explaining whether dangerous competitions for status can be mitigated in world politics.

Latest Publications

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Report: NATO and Climate Change: Towards a Joint Understanding and Response

This report shows that different states have different approaches to climate change and security. It suggests that some states still consider climate change effects on security of less importance than traditional considerations, or perhaps that some states believe that adapting their war fighting ability to the effects of climate change is detracting from its primary responsibility of protecting and defending the state. 

Latest Events

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Event: The Search for Nuclear Justice

On 17th April at 10am BST, BASIC’s Emerging Voices Network (EVN) and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) are hosting an webinar on ‘The Search for Nuclear Justice’.

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BASIC believes in making progress on nuclear disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation through multiple complementary approaches. We continuously develop our programmes – streams of research – through sustained engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, collectively searching for the art of the possible.

Our current programmes are listed below.

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BASIC is developing new approaches to overcome states’ dependency on the doctrine of nuclear deterrence, which blocks global nuclear disarmament and drives proliferation. We engage diverse perspectives, encourage empathy across states, and broaden the context of debate. We have an established reputation for non-partisan, non-judgemental, cross-cultural engagement and for seeking common ground.

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