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March 31, 2020

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here in the UK PONI team, as it has no doubt been for all of you. As well as the upheaval and challenges we’ve all been dealing with, it’s become clear that we will have to think differently about our programme of activities for the next several months, if not longe...

March 20, 2020

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Despite summit diplomacy between US and North Korean leaders, Washington’s efforts to increase sanctions pressure on Pyongyang continued throughout 2019 and has shown no signs of abating in 2020. In response North Korea has continued to evolve its sanctions evasion tactics, critical amongst whic...

October 10, 2019

I’m sure there’s a solid political science and cultural anthropology quantification of when and how phenomena in International Relations intrude into popular culture. My casual observance is that very few IR themes intrude into the cultural consciousness and are reserved for the more dangerous and s...

October 1, 2019

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto was a product of the cold war Cold War arms race that ignited debate in the public sphere on the issue of nuclear proliferation. Emerging from a correspondence between a number of prominent intellectuals, the manifesto captured international attention on its initial pu...

August 21, 2019

The development of the Russian SSC-8 intermediate-range missile, and the subsequent United States and Russian withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) ended the most successful bilateral non-proliferation treaty, a cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime. The INF...

July 30, 2019

If anyone was in any doubt as to the true range of ideas and dilemmas involved in the study of nuclear issues on the morning of the 13th June, such a belief would have been swiftly retired as the day commenced. This year’s UK PONI Annual Conference sought to remind us that the nature of our current...

May 15, 2019

In March 2019 the participants in this year’s UK PONI Table Top Exercise [TTX], GORDIAN KNOT, managed what the global nuclear disarmament complex has been struggling to achieve: an agreement on nuclear arms reductions.

Conditions were anything but perfect. Alliances ‘accidentally’ voted against their...

April 26, 2019

After a four month long inquiry, this week the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations published its report that considers the status of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), disarmament efforts and nuclear risk. A timely publication, this report precedes the NPT Preparatory...

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is a product of the Cold War environment. The Treaty required both the US and Soviet Union to eliminate their “ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, their launchers and associated support stru...

January 9, 2019

On 15 May 1957, Britain tested its first hydrogen bomb as part of the first Grapple series of tests. Although quickly hailed as a success, the test’s actual disappointing yield was withheld until 1993. Was this a premeditated lie as part of a ‘thermonuclear bluff’? New archival research has revealed...

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