The BASIC Trident Commission is publishing its fourth briefing on Thursday, March 28. In this report, John Simpson outlines the emergence of Britain’s nuclear deterrence posture and thinking over the last seventy years, and how successive governments have sought to balance this with effective non-proliferation diplomacy.
The full report by John Simpson is now available online:
This briefing reflects the opinion of the author only and does not necessarily represent the full Commission, but will inform consideration for the BASIC Trident Commission’s final report, which will be published in the second half of 2013.
About the author
John Simpson, OBE, was until recently professor at the University of Southampton and director of the Mountbatten Centre. He was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters; co-founder and programme director of the Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation; and advisor to the UK delegation to NPT Preparatory Committee Sessions and Review Conferences. He is a member of the Royal Society’s Group on Scientific Aspects of International Security, and a BASIC Advisor.