About BASIC

Promoting dialogue to advance global security

Our Mission

We promote meaningful dialogue amongst governments and experts in order to build international trust, reduce nuclear risks, and advance disarmament.     

Our Vision

We envision a world that uses cooperative measures, rather than the threat or use of force, to achieve peace and security. This world will be achieved by taking steps that promote mutual security at the international, regional, national, and individual levels, and sustained through resilient international norms and law.

How We Work

We have a global reputation for convening distinctive and empathic dialogues that help states overcome complex strategic and political differences. Our established networks and expertise, developed since 1987, enable us to get the right people in the room and facilitate effective, meaningful exchange between siloed and often hostile political communities.

Our approach is characterised by:

  • Active listening and empathic engagement with diverse perspectives.
  • Inclusive participation embracing demographic and cognitive diversity.
  • Sensitive cultural awareness based on extensive background research.
  • Systems thinking and design.

Our Values

Integrity: We believe that honesty, independence and reliability are of the highest importance to our relationships and our working culture.

Empathy: We are convinced that only by seeking to genuinely understand alternative perspectives and positions can we deliver sustainable solutions to complex problems.

Inclusivity: We ensure demographic and cognitive diversity throughout our organisational culture, dialogues, and publications.

Transparency: We hold ourselves to account by maintaining the highest standards of transparency across our objectives, methods, and funding sources.

Innovation: We seek to design and apply creative approaches to address today’s security challenges.

Our Funding

We are funded by trusts and foundations, state partners, private donors, and by our Friends. To see a list of our most recent funders, click here. If you would like to make a gift to BASIC, click here.