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How the P5 worked together to protect their interests at the NPT Review Conference

More from Wikileaks about the power-play between the permanent five (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council before the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference earlier this year.

For 'Iran' read 'Britain'?

One of the Wikileaks diplomatic cables gives an interesting insight into the state of public opinion in Iran on the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

Ni Ruchi, a Chinese diplomat who had returned from visiting Iran, told staff from the US Embassy in Beijing that “considerable debate was taking place among ordinary Iranians over the utility of the nuclear program.

Wikileaks reveals US concerns over Egypt in pre-NPT diplomatic dialogue

  • US plotted with Israel and France to block discussion on Middle East nuclear weapons free zone.

The case against CASD

Events organised by the Global Strategy Forum are always worth attending, and the Forum's recent lunchtime seminar on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control was definitely on my 'must go' list.  With former Defence Secretaries Des Browne (now Lord Browne of Ladyton) and Sir Malcolm Rifkind discussing the question 'Can we really count down to zero', the meeting certainly promised the fresh thinking and active debate that the Forum was set up to provide.

Redfern Inquiry exposes AWE's role in the nuclear industry body parts scandal

The Redfern Inquiry into the unlawful removal of organs from the bodies of deceased workers in the nuclear industry has exposed a scandal that highlights the dangers resulting from the 'we know best' attitude and lack of accountability of professionals working in the nuclear sector.

Labour's new line-up - no change on Trident?

Following the Labour Party Conference and elections for party Leadership and Shadow Cabinet posts, Labour is now beginning the process of reshaping itself and reviewing its policies ready to fight the next general election.  How far will this review see a re-evaluation of the dedicated support shown by the party over the past two decades for retaining and replacing UK's nuclear weapons?

An Appropriate Contribution?

NIS researcher Steven Hendry on how the
UK can best direct shrinking military resources at a time of spending
cuts

 

This week has seen the release of both
the National Security Strategy (NSS) and publication of the results
of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The NSS
describes the threats that the UK faces in the coming years, whilst
the SDSR sets out how the armed forces will counter these threats
whilst cutting just under 8% from their budget.

Blair on Trident: 'There was a case either way'

Here's what Tony Blair has to say in his book 'A Journey' on the 2007 decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapon system:

MoD attempt to pass on costs of Trident replacement

NIS researcher Steven Hendry on the latest row over the cost of replacing the UK's nuclear weapons.

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