On November 11, 2021 BASIC Co-Director, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, was invited to give his remarks to…
In depth thinking
BASIC provides expert analysis and commentary on selective contemporary debates in strategic affairs. To do this, we engage diverse perspectives, encourage empathy across states, and broaden the context of debate. We have an established reputation for non-partisan, non-judgmental, cross-cultural engagement and for seeking common ground.
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Below, we select some of our favourite pieces which we think you should read:
BASIC is delighted to announce that we are continuing our cooperation with the Ministry of…
Polish threat perceptions and risk assessments are heavily influenced by Poland’s proximity to Russia – and the author suggests solutions to contain them.
Lithuania’s current nuclear and conventional risk assessments, and possible policy responses.
The New Atlantic Charter provides the first time that the specific language of ‘responsible state behaviour’ has been used publicly in an official capacity in relation to nuclear weapons.
The Emerging Voices Network presents the policy recommendations from its first policy working cycle.
THIS MONTH’S THEME
The Trident Question
The UK’s continued possession of Trident is not assured. The programme faces running over far budget with knock-on effects to other areas of the budget, multiple emerging technological threats such as cyber weapons, and political risks including Scottish devolution. Each of these factors underlines the need for reasoned, respectful and open-minded debate on the future of the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons, and a willingness to explore alternative pathways to maintain British national security.
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-judgmental, cross-cultural engagement and for seeking common ground.
Our current programmes are listed below. To see our completed programmes, visit our archive.
BASIC Policy Intern, Fabian Hoffmann, has published an article with The Strategy Bridge on US…
One of BASIC’s talented Policy Interns, Fabian Hoffmann, has published a report with the European…
The Gender, Think-Tanks and International Affairs Toolkit has been jointly developed and published by BASIC,…
We seek in this report to suggest ways, and crucially propose a new method, to gradually shift the nature of the contemporary global conversation on nuclear weapons away from one characterised by rights, blame, and suspicion towards one framed by responsibility, empathic cooperation, and even trust.
States have employed risk reduction strategies in order to manage some of the unintended consequences…
On 22nd November 2019, BASIC organised a half-day scoping workshop in New Delhi at the…