Event

Meeting with a delegation from the Defence Committee of the WEU Assembly – The European Security and Defence Assembly

On June 17, 2008, BASIC hosted a meeting with delegation members from the Defence Committee of the Assembly of the Western European Union – The European Security and Defence Assembly at the Washington, D.C. Home of Stewart R. Mott.

Below are the briefings delivered by Washington-based peace and security experts Ambassador James Leonard, John Isaacs, Shervin Boloorian, and Dr. Joanna Spear.

A World Without Nuclear Weapons: The International Dimension

BASIC joined with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC to jointly sponsor a debrief on the recent meeting on nuclear disarmament in Oslo, Norway.

Ambassadors Max Kampelman and James Goodby (U.S.-ret.) and Dr. George Perkovich discussed the means of revitalizing the international disarmament movement.

Follow this link to USIP for a summary and audio recordings of the event:

A world without nuclear weapons: Joint BASIC, USIP, Carnegie event

BASIC co-sponsored a briefing with the United States Institute of Peace and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on March 6, hosted by USIP.

Event Title: A world without nuclear weapons: the international dimension

Panelists: Ambassador Max Kampelman, of Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Ambassador James Goodby, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution

Whoopee, it’s official – nuclear trafficking is a threat

You are not a truly significant global threat until someone significant holds a conference full of suitably distinguished people, complete with PhDs, talking about it. Thus, on that very reasonable premise, I am happy to note that the IAE is holding a junket, I mean a conference, next month, hosted by the British government.

This is, to be precise, the International Conference on Illicit Nuclear Trafficking: Collective Experience and the Way Forward, to be held November 19-22.

What, me worry? Not if you want to keep your job

It is safe to say that in the course of his career, Dr Khan has affected the lives of many people, some positively, some negatively. One of the latter is former US intelligence analyst Richard Barlow.

As this July 7 Washington Post article recounted, Barlow is not a happy camper, even though he lives in one.

To excerpt briefly:

The ultimate lecture: Anthropology 101

On a distant planet in the not-so-distant future, an anthropology lecturer coolly examines the Earth people before their self-destruction. Through this diverse collection of images, both trivial and evocative, he pieces together a compelling, often disturbing, account of what life on Earth must have been like.


The ultimate lecture: Anthropology 101

……it's the end of the Earth, no less.

Music: Brian Eno
Narration: Mark Rylance