What are the United Kingdom’s (UK) responsibilities in relation to nuclear weapons? How are these ‘nuclear responsibilities’ implemented in current UK policies and practices? Are there opportunities for the UK to fulfil its nuclear responsibilities more effectively? Does the UK have nuclear responsibilities towards other nuclear-armed states? These are some of the questions that sparked a lively discussion amongst a diverse set of stakeholders within the UK nuclear policy community during a one-day structured dialogue held at the British Academy in London on 12 October 2021.
Based in Carlton House Terrace, the British Academy is the UK’s home for the humanities and social sciences. Its purpose is to ‘deepen understanding of people, societies, and cultures, enabling everyone to learn, progress and prosper.’ It is in this spirit that the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham invited members of the UK nuclear policy community, including officials from the UK Government’s Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC), to a dialogue focussed on ‘Articulating the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Responsibilities.’ The purpose of the dialogue was to introduce the UK nuclear policy community to the Nuclear Responsibilities Approach as a new frame for thinking, talking and writing about nuclear weapons, and to catalyse a longer-term process of collectively considering and articulating the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons policy through this lens at the national level.
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