Trident patrols are now regularly five months long, up from just two months during the Cold War. What might the implications be for those serving aboard?
UK Nuclear Weapons Policy and Diplomacy
Eva-Nour Repussard and Chris Spedding discuss the finding of a roundtable on the Case for a Proliferation-Resistant Medical Isotope Reactor, convened by BASIC and The Open University.
Clare Duncanson and Catherine Eschle provide a feminist critique of the UK’s Integrated Review.
BASIC Policy Intern, Laura Rose Brown, applies a critical lens to the concept of minimum deterrence in light of the UK’s recent decision to increase the limit on its nuclear stockpile.
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.
British diplomats now will be in the dog house, and have a tough time ahead of them.
The Johnson Government has set a decisive course away from the United Kingdom’s three decade-long trend of successive nuclear reductions and increasing transparency.
The Times’ Lucy Fisher reported yesterday that the Royal Navy (RN) has been alternating between…