Inclusive International Security
The field of international peace and security suffers from a chronic lack of demographic and cognitive diversity, which harms its legitimacy, professional culture, and ability to solve complex global problems. This manifests in the under-representation of women in official and non-governmental positions (especially in senior management), discrimination, harassment, and exclusive research and communications. Such problems are amplified for women of colour and other minority groups. These problems need to be fixed today, and not reproduced in the next generation of professionals.
BASIC is a leading advocate for reforms to diversify the peace and security field, building on the norms set by the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas, and parallel agendas in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament forums. This not only means having more women ‘at the table’, eradicating ‘manels’, and enforcing diversity in policymaking, but also to ask more fundamental questions using a gendered analysis, like: ‘Who’s affected, who makes the decisions, and how are the health and lasting peace of a society impacted?’ In addition, we’re taking active steps to bake in this awareness through a robust and geographically diverse set of high-potential next generation stewards of the global nuclear order.
What we’re doing
- The Emerging Voices Network: Each country has high-potential, next generation leaders on nuclear weapons issues who will eventually inherit the responsibility to manage the nuclear threat. Yet today they are siloed and disconnected from each other, as there is no effective global network to enable cooperation, especially in the Global South. As a contribution to the 2020 NPT Review Conference, BASIC is organising two events specifically targeted at the NextGen of NPT stewards. These events are designed to springboard off the recent Youth, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation UN Resolutions, fostering a more robust dialogue and sense of purpose among like-minded youth from around the world.
- The Inclusive Think Tanks Toolkit: Launched in February 2021, the Inclusive Think Tanks Toolkit provides practical guidance to international affairs organisations who want to audit and improve their diversity, and has been developed jointly by BASIC, Chatham House and The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP). The Toolkit was developed from a series of quarterly breakfast meetings on gender in international affairs bringing together experts and practitioners from academia and the international affairs community from around the UK for an open-ended conversation under Chatham House Rules.
- Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy: BASIC has joined the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy. As well as refusing to appear on all-male panels, BASIC’s Co-Directors have pledged the following commitments in 2020:
- Increasing the diversity of our Executive Board, aiming for gender parity by 2021;
- Ensuring that all BASIC staff feel skilled up on our gender work; and
- Launching the Inclusive Think Tanks Toolkit and applying it internally.
- Overhauling our own HR Policies: As part of a wider refresh of our workplace policies, we are also reviewing and updating our HR policies to ensure we provide an equitable working environment to all staff members.
- Publishing think pieces: BASIC looks to apply a gendered analysis across our programmes, as well as writing discrete analysis for the Outrider Foundation.
With thanks to our funders at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada and Outrider Foundation.
Publications and Analysis
BASIC is developing new approaches to overcome states’ dependency on the doctrine of nuclear deterrence, which blocks global nuclear disarmament and drives proliferation.
The EVN Team and EVN Board have developed the Emerging Voices Network (EVN) Code of Conduct, which sets out the standards of behaviour that are expected of all members to ensure a culture of safety, inclusion, and professionalism for all.
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On Thursday 14th September at 1pm BST, BASIC and the Emerging Voices Network (EVN) a virtual webinar event on ‘Humanitarian Impacts and the NPT: One Year on from RevCon’, in collaboration with International Student Young Pugwash (ISYP) and IPPNW Students.
On Tuesday 18th July, BASIC and the Emerging Voices Network (EVN) hosted a Launch Event for the EVN’s recent report, ‘De-siloing Existential Threats’. In this event, Working Group Chairs present their findings on issues relating to identity, power, and inclusivity in the nuclear policy field.
On Thursday 15th June 2023, nine early career leaders from a variety of regions presented the findings of their youth/early career consultation on the NPT Preparatory Committee meeting and processes in the lead up to the 2026 RevCon.
On Wednesday 12th April, Jamie Kwong presented her findings from her project that examines the threats climate change pose to US nuclear weapons.
Read the Emerging Voices Network’s (EVN) latest report, in which five EVN Working Groups provide a range of policy recommendations and valuable insights into the current challenges and issues that concern emerging researchers and young professionals in the nuclear policy field.
On Wednesday 10th May, Professor Andrew Futter, Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester and PI on the European Research Council-funded Third Nuclear Age project, presented a Masterclass entitled ‘Welcome to the Third Nuclear Age’.
BASIC believes in making progress on nuclear disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation through multiple complementary approaches. We continuously develop our programmes – streams of research – through sustained engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, collectively searching for the art of the possible.
Our current programmes are listed below. View the current programmes page by clicking here.