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


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BASIC is an independent think tank

promoting dialogue to advance

global security

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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.

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Programmes

BASIC has eight 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. 

Hubris, Hypocrisy or Hedge?

The Integrated Review

In just 76 words highlighted below across three statements in the nuclear deterrent section of the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR), the UK government reversed its policy of gradual reduction of the variety, number and salience of its nuclear weapons in place through successive governments since the end of the Cold War.  

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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. To see our Programme’s page, click here. To see our completed programmes, visit our archive.

Risk Reduction


Nuclear risks have been increasing. Find out what can be done to counteract this trend:

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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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