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What if? Security consequences of Brexit and Trident renewal.


If David Cameron survives the result of the EU referendum, he may try to rush Parliament into a vote on Trident renewal in July. What is at stake for Britain’s security? by Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy The decisions on Trident … Read More

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20th June 2016


Trident or the EU: which is better for peace and security?


Mutual security and deterrence with fewer risks has been a conscious, crucial, and underestimated role of the EU.  A Brexit vote would put this at risk and make Britain less secure. by Rebecca Johnson via OpenDemocracy Part one. Two decisions, … Read More

A Vanguard class submarine. Will its successor be able to hide in the depths in the same way? (Photo by Andrew Linnett/MoD Crown Copyright via Getty Images)
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16th June 2016


Improving Transparency and Seeking Control over the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons


This is the fifth blog post in a series on official transparency reporting, where it struggles, and the important role civil society often plays in monitoring and improving global understanding of the trade and use of conventional weapons. by Natalie Goldring via Forum … Read More

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5th June 2016


OEWG Observations


The Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) established late last year by the UNGA for ‘taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations’ recently concluded the second of its three 2016 sessions. Several aspects of its work warrant reflection as the dust settles. By Tim Caughley via UNIDIR A … Read More

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18th May 2016




Dr Johnson’s statement on risk at the UN OEWG Geneva – 2nd May 2016


Thank you Mr Chairperson, I am speaking on behalf of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, which is also a steering group partner in ICAN. I would like to thank Dr Patricia Lewis for her very thoughtful analysis of risk, … Read More

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2nd May 2016


Seeking Action on Autonomous Weapons


CCW Report, Vol. 3, No.2 by Ray Acheson via Reaching Critical Will  The third UN meeting on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) opened on Monday morning with a general discussion by states. Once again, the majority of delegates taking the floor agreed … Read More

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12th April 2016


Britain’s boycott of the UN multilateral nuclear disarmament talks


via OpenDemocracy With opposition to Trident growing, the British government has refused to join this week’s UN multilateral nuclear disarmament talks on practical measures to build global security without nuclear weapons.       As thousands gather to demonstrate in … Read More

The Trident nuclear submarine HMS Victorious is pictured near Faslane in Scotland.

HMS Victorious was the second of the four ballistic missile submarines to emerge from the Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow, where she was officially 'launched' on 29 September 1993. Based at Clyde Naval Base, HMS Victorious' is continuing the Royal Navy's proud record of over 40 years of uninterrupted nuclear deterrence, as at least one of the four 'bombers' is on patrol at any time.
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26th February 2016


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