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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...

December 11, 2018

Early in the Cold War, security experts recognized the strategic importance of the Arctic. A flight path over the North Pole provided the US and USSR the quickest route to a nuclear attack on each other. So as early as the 1950s, US military planners worked with their Canadian counterparts to place ...

September 10, 2018

In 1962 Britain undertook to make a complete change of approach to nuclear deterrence by moving from a delivery platform based on bomber aircraft to submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). This decision was arrived at over three days in Nassau in the Bahamas against a background of political p...

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